HOUSTON, Texas – For the third straight weekend the University of Arkansas men’s tennis team will be on the courts as they will be playing the Rice Fall Invite in Houston, Texas. The tournament will be played at the Jake Hess Tennis Courts on the Rice campus and runs Friday through Sunday. The teams playing this weekend will include, Arkansas, Rice, LSU and Tulane.
Even though this is the fourth tournament of the fall that features Arkansas players, it will be the first action for senior Nikolas Zogaj, junior Gregoire Lehmann, sophomore Manfred Jeske and the freshman debuts for Victor Hoang and Jovan Parlic.
“We just want to continue with what we did last weekend,” Arkansas head coach Robert Cox said. “We want to continue the development of our lettermen and also our young guys. I’m pleased with where we’re at. We’re excited about getting the rest of our guys out on the court because they are going to be at the top of the lineup in the spring. We’re expecting great things out of Greg and Nikolas.”
The Hogs are coming off a strong showing at the RazorRacket Invite last weekend at the Billingsley Tennis Center where senior Matt Walters went a perfect 8-0 in singles and doubles matches combined. Along with Walters, junior Hall Fess picked up his first singles win of the year to go with his now six doubles wins. Fess has compiled those doubles wins with Walters and senior Taj Harrison.
With it still being early in the fall season, Cox commented on how important it was to have his players get plenty of matches under their belt before the spring season.
“Since there are no team winners in the fall, we tried to schedule it where our guys could get three to four matches every weekend,” Cox said. “It’s different from a normal bracketed tournament, where if you lose once, you go in the back draw and possibly lose again to make you finished for the weekend. We were able to find some tournaments where you were guaranteed a lot of matches."
"We need to get our young guys out there and acclimated from junior tennis to men’s open tennis and collegiate tennis. We’re real lucky to have been invited to this Rice tournament and the other teams there are doing the same thing we’re doing, getting their young guys out there.”
Play for the Rice Invite is scheduled to start on Friday with doubles at 10 a.m., followed by singles. First serve for all three days is set for 10 a.m. Each player will play one doubles and one singles match and every player is guaranteed three of each kind of match. A full recap and updated brackets will be posted online following each day’s play.
Download: 2011 Rice Fall Invite Draws.pdf