FAYETTEVILLE- The Arkansas Razorbacks’ tennis team will suit up for battle one last time in front of their home crowd against the No. 55 LSU Tigers on Saturday. Three seniors, Taylor King, Bradwin Williams and Dmitry Lebedev will play in their final home match at Arkansas and will be honored at center court immediately following the doubles point.
No. 62 Arkansas is on the prowl after dropping two heartbreak matches last weekend against Vanderbilt and Kentucky. Against the Commodores, Arkansas dropped the doubles point but rallied back to win singles victories at the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6 position to even the score at three-all. Vanderbilt clinched the win in a tight third-set contest on court two over Dmitry Lebedev.
Juniors Matthew Hogan and Christopher Nott continue to showcase great leadership at the No. 1 position and No. 3 singles positions. Hogan recorded a 2-0 record over the weekend. This season, Nott has etched four wins over nationally ranked players. Continuing to make great strides is freshman Mike Ward, featured at the No. 6 position with an SEC record of 3-1 and 16-6 overall record. He went undefeated last weekend with wins over Alex DiValerio of Vanderbilt and Alex Lambropoulos of Kentucky.
No. 55 LSU enters the weekend with a 4-3 win over South Florida to end a seven-match drought. No. 51 Neal Skupski leads the Tigers with a 6-12 dual record and 8 wins against ranked players. In addition, in the rankings paired with Sebastian Carlsson, the duo ranks No. 43 with a 4-2 record at the No. 1 doubles position.
Both teams look to earn a higher seed in the SEC tournament scheduled to begin Thursday, April 22 in Lexington, Ky.
First serve is slated for 1 p.m. and immediately following the doubles point all attention will be turned to center court as Arkansas will recognize three seniors. Following the festivities at center court, free pizza will be available for fans in the players lounge.