FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas Razorbacks captured their first dual victory against then No. 68 SMU Mustangs on Sunday, 5-2.
“This is what college tennis is all about,” said head coach Robert Cox. “We’re having a great start in doubles this season and it’s really helping our momentum.”
The Razorbacks swept the No. 68 Mustangs in doubles, receiving the first point of dual competition. Matt Hogan and Matt Walters handily defeated Baradach and El-Effendi, 8-3. Mike Ward and Nikolas Zogaj clenched the doubles point, defeating Costa and Nowicki, 8-5.Chris Nottand Gregoire Lehmann finished up doubles with an 8-7 win against Flood and Hattrup.
In singles competition, the Razorbacks had a slow start, but finished strong. Nott and Ward both fell to give the Mustangs a one-point lead, butZogaj quickly tied the score at two points each, defeating Nowicki, 6-2, 6-2. Hogan fought back from behind in an exciting three-setter to defeat David Costa, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5. Walters claimed the match to clench the fourth point, overcoming Tobias Flood in three sets, 6-7, 6-2, 6-4. Lehmann finished out play with another very exciting comeback to defeat El-Effendi, 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 (10-8).
“SMU is a great team and very well coached, and both team teams played very hard,” said Cox. “Winning on our home court is great. We fought hard and gained a lot of confidence. This is really going to help us in the future.”
The Hogs concluded the day by participating in the youth tennis kid’s day with an enthusiastic group. The clinic is in celebration of USTA’s Campus Kids’ Days.
The men’s tennis team’s next match will be against Iowa on Friday, Feb. 11, at 5 p.m. For more information log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.