Zguns Advances to Second Round in NCAA Champio
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Sophomore Adrians Zguns rallied from a one-set deficit to capture a three-set victory over Wake Forest’s Derrick Spice in the first round of the singles draw at the 2004 NCAA Tennis Championships in Tulsa, Okla., on Wednesday afternoon.
Zguns, ranked No. 18 in the nation, lost the first set to the No. 57 ranked Spice before rebounding to record a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over the All-Atlantic Coast Conference standout. Zguns upped his season record to 36-9 including earning wins in nine of his last 10 singles matches.
“Adrians played a good solid match today,” Arkansas head coach Robert Cox said. “He came out a little nervous, but once he got comfortable with the setting and his opponent he turned it on. He was sharper than I thought he would be after a few days off. He served really well. Hopefully he can continue to play that way as he goes deeper into the tournament.”
Zguns advances to the second round of the draw where he will face Baylor’s Benjamin Becker. Becker topped Duke’s Ludovic Walter 6-3, 6-4 in first round action on Wednesday. The junior, ranked No. 15 nationally, boasts the most singles wins (106) in Baylor history including four this week. He helped lead the Bears to the team national championship on Tuesday night. Becker will be playing his sixth match in the last six days when he meets Zguns at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
Razorback senior Nathan Price saw his run in the singles draw come to an end in a first-round match on Wednesday. Price fell to No. 29 ranked Nicholas Monroe of North Carolina 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Price concluded the season with a 31-13 singles record.
“Nathan got off to a great start, but the humidity seemed to slow him down,” Cox said. “He was up a set and a break in the second, but lost the momentum. It was a good match between two guys that knew each other’s games from the junior circuit. I’m so proud of Nathan and his singles career at Arkansas. He had a great senior season. Now he can turn his attention to advancing in the doubles draw with Matt Simpson.”
Price and freshman Matt Simpson will take to the court on Thursday at 1 p.m. for opening round play in the championship doubles draw. The No. 52 ranked doubles tandem will face Florida’s No. 41 duo of Chris Brandi and Hamid Mirzadeh. It will mark the second time this season, the pairs have squared off in doubles. Brandi and Mirzadeh topped Price and Simpson 8-4 in a pro-set to help lead Florida to a 4-2 dual match team win over Arkansas in April.
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