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Tennis Hogs Close Regular Season with Saturday

Tennis Hogs Close Regular Season with Saturday
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas tennis team finishes its regular season schedule Saturday at 15th-ranked LSU. The Razorbacks and Tigers begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the W.T. “Dub” Robinson Tennis Center in Baton Rouge, La.

The LSU match is the Hogs’ 7th against a top-15 team, is the 18th out of Arkansas’ 20 matches against a nationally ranked team and is the 13th time the Razorbacks have played away from home.

“I’ve got a good feeling about this weekend, because the guys are excited and they have nothing to lose,” Arkansas head coach Robert Cox said. “We want to finish strong, because our goals are still the same. We want to make it the NCAA Tournament. In order to do that we need to have a good showing at LSU and come away with a win.”

Arkansas (4-15, 2-8 SEC) will look for continued strong play from juniors Adrians Zguns, Rohan Gajjar and Matt Roberts. The trio at the top of the Razorback lineup has produced 61 wins this season.

Zguns is 16-12 this season and 5-5 in Southeastern Conference action playing in the Hogs’ top spot. He posted a straight-set win in his last outing against Auburn’s No. 47 Gabor Pelva.

Gajjar is currently ranked No. 75 nationally. He has notched 20 wins this season, is 5-5 in the SEC, and sports five wins over ranked opponents.

Roberts has the Razorbacks’ best record at 25-8, including an 8-2 tally in SEC play. He has won eight of his last 10 matches, and is one win shy of moving into a tie for 10th all-time for single season victories at Arkansas.

LSU (17-7, 4-6 SEC) is fresh off a 6-1 defeat of No. 18 Tulane. The Tigers feature two ranked singles’ players and a pair of ranked doubles’ teams. Ken Skupski (#20) and Mark Growcott (#61) head the Tiger singles lineup. In doubles, Growcott and Skupski are the nation’s 7th-ranked tandem, while the duo of Colt Gaston and Danny Bryan is No. 39.

Since 1985, the Tigers lead the series with the Razorbacks, 15-1. Last year, then No. 13 LSU knocked off then No. 24 Arkansas, 5-2, in Fayetteville.

Following Saturday’s match, the Hogs head to the SEC Tournament April 21-24 in Athens, Ga. The Razorbacks’ seeding will be determined after this weekend’s matches. The SEC Tournament begins Thursday, April 21, at the Dan Magill Tennis Center on the University of Georgia campus.

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