ATHENS, Ga. – Arkansas’ best tennis season in 10 years officially ended Friday when the doubles team of Oskar Johansson and Henrik Tofft was eliminated in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the University of Georgia.
Tofft and Johansson, ranked No. 26 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, dropped a 6-4, 6-2 decision to 11th-ranked and fifth-seeded Ryan Moore and Nick Rainey of Southern California.
“It may not look like it, but it was a good match,” head coach Robert Cox said. “I’m really proud of them and of everybody on the team for the season we had. Oskar played as well in doubles as he’s played all year and Henrik was solid. The guys they played are really good. That was just a tough draw.”
Moore and Rainey lost in last year’s finals.
Johansson and Tofft finished the year 11-5, but they helped the Razorbacks go 16-10 and advance to a regional final in the NCAA Tournament. Johansson, who lost in the first round of the singles tournament on Thursday, earned All-America honors for the second straight year and was ranked No. 1 in the nation much of the spring.
“We finished on a high note, even though we got knocked out in the first round,” Cox said. “We did some good things this season. I’m really glad Henrik was able to make it here and get this experience and Oskar has had just a great, great career.”
The 16 wins are the most for the Razorbacks since the 1991 club went 18-8 and the performance in the NCAA Tournament was the best since the 1994 team reached a regional final, also losing 4-3, to Texas A&M. This year’s team beat North Carolina, 4-0, before getting edged at No. 8 Southern Methodist, 4-3.