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Walters shines on day two of RazorRacket

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Walters shines on day two of RazorRacket

FAYETTEVILLE — Senior Matt Walters was the lone Razorback to go undefeated on day two of the RazorRacket Invitational on Saturday. The Jonesboro native teamed up with junior Hall Fess to win both of his doubles matches and went on to win both of his singles matches, including a thrilling three-setter against Juan Estenssoro of Wichita State, 6-0, 4-6, 1-0(11).

“Today was a good day for us, even if it wasn’t in the win-loss column,” Arkansas head coach Robert Cox said. “It was a great tennis classroom for us and I’m real proud of the way our guys have been fighting. We’re starting to win some sets in singles, we just need to close out some of these tighter sets.”

Walters had a good start to his day during session one in doubles with Fess as they easily defeated Oklahoma State’s team of Chris Haworth and Trevor Horstmann, 8-2. Later in the session in singles, he took out Horstmann, again, with a solid 6-1, 6-3 victory.

During session two, the Hogs switched opponents and faced players from Wichita State, the only team they had yet to see. Walters was, once again, the story as he and Fess won their doubles match against Guillermo Nicol and Tomislav Gregurevic, 8-4. He then went on to have the best match of the day with Estenssoro. After winning the opening set, 6-0, Walters struggled in set number two. With a 4-6 set loss, the match would be decided in the third set as a tiebreaker. Back and forth the score went with neither player able to get too far out in front. Finally, after both players eclipsed the 10 point mark, Walters took the third set, 13-11, and earned his fourth victory of the day and sixth of the weekend.

Even though Walters was the only player to win a singles match on Saturday, Fess continued his great start to fall with a near come-from-behind match against Gregurevic of Wichita State. Fess, who lost the first set, 6-2, battled back to win a tiebreaker second-set, 7-6(4), and got it to eight-all of the third-set tiebreaker, before Gregurevic won two straight points to win the match in three. Coach Cox commented after the day’s matches on how strong Fess has looked in the two opening fall tournaments.

“He’s been a real bright spot for our team,” Coach Cox said. “He’s just continued to improve every day. With Matt Walters, that’s what you expect from a senior. To play hard and win some good matches.”

The Razorback men’s tennis team will be back out on the courts tomorrow to finish the final day of the RazorRacket Invitational at the Billingsley Tennis Center. Play is set to begin at 8 a.m. and will start with doubles. A full recap and complete results will be posted online at the conclusion of the day’s play.

For more information on Razorback tennis or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.

Final Results of RazorRacket Invite (Day 2 Session 1)

Complete Doubles Results

Flight 1

Vlad Bondarenko/Rifat Biktyakov (OSU) def. Taj Harrison/Mike Nott (ARK)8-6

Guillermo Nicol/Tomislav Gregurevic (WSU) def. Grant Fleming/T. Akhmedov (UMKC)8-2

Flight 2

Hall Fess/Matt Walters (ARK) def. Trevor Horstmann/Chris Haworth (OSU)8-2

Nino Hasandedic/Tomas Patino (UMKC) def. David Cavalcanti/Juan Estenssoro (WSU)8-4

Complete Singles Results

Flight 1

Guillermo Nicol (WSU) def. Nino Hasandedic (UMKC)7-5, 6-2

Vlad Bondarenko (OSU) def. Taj Harrison (ARK)6-1, 6-1

Flight 2

Grant Fleming (UMKC) def. Tomislav Gregurevic (WSU)7-6(6), 7-5

Rifat Biktyakov (OSU) def. Hall Fess (ARK)6-4, 6-4

Flight 3

Juan Estenssoro (WSU) def. Tomas Patino (UMKC) 4-6, 6-1, 1-0(9)

Chris Haworth (OSU) def. Mike Nott (ARK)6-1, 6-1

Flight 4

Matheus Pereira (WSU) def. Abdulrahman Alawadhi (UMKC)6-0, 6-4

Matt Walters (ARK) def. Trevor Horstmann (OSU)6-1, 6-3

RazorRacket Invite (Day 2 Session 2 Results)

Complete Doubles Results

Flight 1

Vlad Bondarenko/Rifat Biktyakov (OSU) def. Grant Fleming/T. Akhmedov (UMKC)8-3

Matheus Pereria/David Cavalcanti (WSU) def. Taj Harrison/Michael Nott (ARK)8-4

Flight 2

Trevor Horstmann/Chris Haworth (OSU) def. Nino Hasandedic/Tomas Patino (UMKC)8-1

Hall Fess/Matt Walters (ARK) def. Guillermo Nicol/Tomislav Gregurevic (WSU)8-4

Complete Singles Results

Flight 1

Vlad Bondarenko (OSU) def. Nino Hasandedic (UMKC)6-2, 6-0

Tomislav Gregurevic (WSU) def. Hall Fess (ARK)6-2, 6-7(4), 1-0(8)

Flight 2

Rifat Biktyakov (OSU) def. Grant Fleming (UMKC)6-4, 7-6(2)

Matt Walters (ARK) def. Juan Estenssoro (WSU)6-0, 4-6, 1-0(11)

Flight 3

Chris Haworth (OSU) def. Abdulrahman Alawadhi (UMKC)6-2, 6-3

Matheus Pereria (WSU) def. Taj Harrison (ARK)6-4, 6-3

Flight 4

Trevor Horstmann (OSU) def. T. Akhmedov (UMKC)6-1, 6-3

Guillermo Nicol (WSU) def. Michael Nott (ARK)6-2, 6-2



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