Razorback Communications Press Release
Written by Ben Breitbach
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Razorback Men’s Tennis (4-0) gets its first Power 5 test on Saturday afternoon with a match against the Washington Huskies (2-0) at the Billingsley Tennis Center. First serve on February 6 is set for 3 p.m. CT in Fayetteville.
Match 5 Info
Opponent: Washington Huskies
Date: Saturday, Feb. 6
Location: Billingsley Tennis Center
First Serve: 3 p.m. CT
Live stats: bit.ly/3tpCbEJ
Last Time Out
The Razorbacks won their fourth-straight match of the spring with a 5-2 win against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Wednesday afternoon. It was the fourth win in five years against Tulsa for the Hogs.
Arkansas won its third-straight doubles point by sweeping all three matches. At the No. 1 position Maxim Verboven and Hunter Harrison knocked off the 29th ranked pairing of Connor Di Marco and Kody Pearson by a score of 6-1. Enrique Paya and Jose Dominguez Alonso stayed undefeated as a duo with a 6-1 win over Kamdem/Thelwall-Jones while Alex Reco and Nico Rousset won their second-straight at the No. 3 spot.
Singles play was highlighted by freshman Adrien Burdet raising his record to 4-0 as a Razorback with a straight set win over Juan-Pablo Cenoz at the No. 5 position. After dropping his first set of the year, Melvin Manuel battled back in the next two sets to win 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 against Stefan Hampe. Enrique Paya clinched the victory with a third set win at No. 6 while 72nd-ranked Reco won in a third set tiebreak over Ezequiel Santalla.
Scouting the Huskies
Washington has only competed in a doubleheader with Eastern Washington, both 7-0 sweeps for the Huskies. Jack Davis and Clement Chidekh split the top spot for the Huskies with both winning in straight sets. Davis was ranked No. 65 in the ITA preseason rankings released on January 13th. UW took all six doubles matches in the doubleheader with Eastern Washington.
The Huskies will play at Tulsa today at 5 p.m. CT before making the trip to Fayetteville on Saturday.
>> The Razorbacks last faced UW in 2010 and are looking for their first win against the Huskies since 1994.
>> Four Razorbacks currently boast 4-0 records in single play, including Alex Reco who was ranked No. 72 in the ITA preseason poll.
>> The doubles pairing of Enrique Paya and Jose Dominguez Alonso has gone undefeated this season after being moved up to the No. 2 position following the first match against Omaha.
>> Arkansas has opened the season at 4-0 for the third time in 10 seasons.