STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Arkansas senior Oggie Kolev won four matches in two days to advance to Monday’s qualifying round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships at Lincoln Tennis Center.
Five other Razorbacks have been eliminated, but three reached at least the second round.
Kolev, 26-12 a year ago, advanced with wins over Duke’s Peter Shults, 6-2, 6-3; Tulsa’s Sean Monk, 6-2, 6-2; Texas Tech’s Royce Ramey, 6-3, 6-3; and North Carolina’s Nicholas Monroe, 6-3, 6-1.
“Oggie has been a bright spot for us,” head coach Robert Cox says. “He’s won some good matches and I’m really proud of him. I’m a little disappointed in not doing better overall. This is a very strong tournament, but for us to remain a top 25 team, we need to get more guys through the qualifying rounds.”
Arkansas was 16-10 last year and ranked No. 25 by the ITA.
In Monday’s qualifying round, Kolev faces David Lowenthal of Wake Forest.
Aleksey Bubis reached the third round with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Louisville’s Octavian Nicodim and a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Northwestern’s Ahmed Wahla before falling to Purdue’s Scott Mayer, 7-5, 6-2. Eduardo Pacheco won his opening match, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-2 over Andy Crews of Tennessee, before losing to Doug Devriendt of Florida Atlantic, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1. Freshman Oscar Ohlsson also reached the second round, downing Michigan’s Matt Lockin, 6-1, 6-1, and then losing to Florida’s Matt Behrmann, 6-1, 6-1.
Tiago Azevedo and Nathan Price were eliminated in the first round. Azevedo lost to Andrew Wakefield of Purdue, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, and Price lost to Pepperdine’s Steve Pucioppi, 6-1, 6-2.
In doubles, Kolev and Bubis reached the third round before being eliminated while the teams of Azevedo and Ohlsson, and Price and Pacheco lost in the first round.