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Tennis Hogs Get Second Shot at National Finali

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Tennis Hogs Get Second Shot at National Finali
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Two days after losing to defending national champion and No. 1-ranked Georgia, Arkansas’ 23rd-ranked men’s tennis team takes on the other national finalist, No. 15 Tennessee, Sunday at 1 p.m. at the UA Indoor/Outdoor Tennis Complex.

Georgia beat the Razorbacks 5-2 on Friday, dropping the Hogs to 8-4 overall with all four losses coming to ranked opponents.

Tennessee won at No. 28 LSU on Friday, 5-2, to improve to 9-4.

“It’s another tough match,” head coach Robert Cox says. “We go from playing the national champion to the team that finished second.”

Tennessee’s lineup features three players already with 20 wins this season. Mario Toledo is 25-9 at No. 2, Mark Dietrich 23-11 at No. 4 and Simon Rea 26-9 at No. 5. The Volunteers’ best player, Peter Handoyo, is 13-1 at No. 1 and ranked No. 7 in the nation.

UA’s Oggie Kolev, coming off a 7-5, 6-4 loss to defending national champion Matias Boeker, leads the Razorbacks with a 21-7 mark and will face Handoyo at the No. 1 position.

Arkansas’ other top winners are Eduardo Pacheco (16-7) at No. 4 and Aleksey Bubis (16-9) at No. 5.

Tennessee won all three doubles matches at LSU. Arkansas has won the doubles point just once in five Southeastern Conference matches and dropped all three against Georgia.

Following the Tennessee match, the Hogs hit the road for six straight, beginning with a three-match stay in San Antonio against Texas-San Antonio on March 20, and contests against Texas-Pan American and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on March 21.



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