Robert Cox Records Milestone Win; Razorback Te
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas head tennis coach Robert Cox recorded a milestone win on Sunday as the No. 25 Razorbacks upset No. 21 Georgia 4-3 in Southeastern Conference tennis action at the UA Outdoor Tennis Complex.
Cox recorded his 218th dual match win at Arkansas matching the school record held by former UA coach Tom Pucci. In his 17th season at the helm of the Razorback tennis program, Cox has posted a record of 218-184 including a 9-2 mark so far this season. Cox has an overall coaching record of 326-209 including a 108-25 clip at Tyler Junior College before joining the Hogs in 1988. The Hogs will go for the record-breaking win this Friday in a dual match against the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.
Arkansas pulled out Sunday’s milestone victory in dramatic fashion topping perennial national power Georgia for only the second time since joining the SEC in 1992.
With the match tied at 3-3, it came down to the No. 4 singles match pitting Arkansas’ Rohan Gajjar and Georgia’s Strahinja Bobusic. The match was tied at a set apiece and 5-5 in the third set, before Gajjar broke serve and netted the decisive 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 win.
In other singles play, Arkansas’ Nathan Price, No. 76 in the nation, toppled No. 4 Bo Hodge at No. 1 singles. Price never let Hodge into the match winning, 6-3, 6-1. Arkansas picked up a win at No. 2 singles as well with No. 12 Adrians Zguns ousting No. 44 Matias Ormaza 6-4, 6-3. The Razorbacks’ other point came in No. 5 singles where Matt Roberts defeated Matic Omerzel, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.
Georgia picked up wins at No. 3 and No. 6 singles as well as earning the first point of the day in doubles.
No.1 #76 Nathan Price (AR) def. #4 Bo Hodge (UG), 6-3, 6-1
No.2 #12 Adrians Zguns (AR) def #44 Matias Ormaza (UG), 6-4, 6-3
No.3 John Isner (UG) def. Matt Simpson (AR), 6-4, 6-3
No.4 Rohan Gajjar (AR) def. Strahinja Bobusic (UG), 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
No.5 Matt Roberts (AR) def. Matic Omerzel (UG), 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
No.6 Ricardo Gonzales (UG) def. Imraan Ismail (AR), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Doubles: No.1 #5 Bo Hodge/John Isner (UG) def. Nathan Price/Matt Simpson (AR), 8-5
No. 2 Matias Ormaza/Matic Omerzel (UG) def. Matt Roberts/Imraan Ismail (AR), 8-6
No.3 Stephan Timu/Ricardo Gonzales (UG) def. Adrians Zguns/Rohan Gajjar (AR), 8-5
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