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Tennis Team Falls to No. 13 Ole Miss in SEC Tourney

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Tennis Team Falls to No. 13 Ole Miss in SEC Tourney

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Arkansas got off to a good start against No. 13 Ole Miss in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tennis Tournament on Friday, but the Rebels stormed back for a 4-0 victory.

The loss drops the No. 22 Razorbacks to 17-10 and expecting a bid to the NCAA Tournament, which begins May 12.

Arkansas led early in all three doubles matches, but Ole Miss won the point with eighth-ranked Erling Tveit and Eric Claesson topping Rohan Gajjar and Matt Roberts at No. 1, 9-7, and Bram ten Berge and Juan Pablo Di Cesare downing 59th-ranked Adrians Zguns and Blake Strode at No. 2, 8-5.

At No. 1 singles, Zguns, who is ranked No. 19 but has been battling a groin injury, dropped a 6-0, 6-1 decision to Tveit, who is ranked No. 22.

Strode fell to Di Cesare at No. 4, 6-1, 6-3, and the Rebels clinched the match at No. 6 where Michael Jung lost to Jakob Klaeson, 6-3, 6-3.

In the other matches, Rohan Gajjar was leading ten Berge, 7-6, 4-1, at No. 3, Roberts won his first set against Claesson 6-2 and was down 5-3 in the second at No. 2, and Colin Mascall was trailing at No. 5, 6-4, 4-4.

Zguns, a first-team All-SEC selection, is now 24-10. Strode, a second-team All-SEC pick, is 26-6 and Jung 23-8.

Roberts, who is ranked No. 72 and is also an All-SEC pick, is 27-9. Gajjar is 21-8 and Mascall 12-11.

Zguns is third on UA’s all-time victories list with 102. Roberts’ season win total ties for the 11th-best single-season mark in school history while Strode’s victory total ties for 14th.

Arkansas advanced to the second round with Thursday’s 4-3 win over Vanderbilt. With the match tied 3-3, Strode clinched the win at No. 4 with a 7-6, 7-6 (5) victory over Nathan Sachs.

No. 13 Ole Miss 4, No. 22 Arkansas 0

April 21, 2006

SEC Tournament Second Round

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Doubles:

1. #8 Erling Tveit/Eric Claesson (OM) def. Rohan Gajjar/Matt Roberts, 9-7

2. Bram ten Berge/Juan Pablo Di Cesare (OM) def. #59 Adrians Zguns/Blake Strode, 8-5

3. Robbye Poole/Jakob Klaeson (OM) vs. Colin Mascall/Taylor King, 7-6, unfinished

Order of finish: 2, 1

Singles:

1. #22 Erling Tveit (OM) def. Adrians Zguns, 6-0, 6-1

2. #72 Matt Roberts (UA) vs. #43 Eric Claesson, 6-2, 3-5, unfinished

3. Rohan Gajjar (UA) vs. #122 Bram ten Berge, 7-6, 1-4, unfinished

4. #107 Juan Pablo Di Cesare (OM) def. Blake Strode, 6-1, 6-3

5. Robbye Poole (OM) vs. Colin Mascall, 6-4, 4-4, unfinished

6. Jakob Klaeson (OM) def. Michael Jung, 6-3, 6-3

Order of finish: 1, 4, 6



Sports Category : Tennis (M)