Arkansas Drops Road Match To Crimson Tide, Hosts Auburn Saturday

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Arkansas men’s tennis team dropped its match on the road against No. 20 Alabama, 4-0, Thursday night. The Hogs are set to return home on Saturday, hosting Auburn in the regular season finale.

The Tide jumped out to a 1-0 lead after taking the doubles point. Arkansas dropped the first court, as Maxim Verboven and Enrique Paya took court two 6-3. Court three reached the tiebreaker, as Sam Fischer and Zhe Zhou (Alabama) narrowly defeated Alex Reco and Jose Dominguez Alonso 7-6(0).

Arkansas would trail 2-0 as No. 52 Mazen Osama (Alabama) would top No. 65 Oscar Mesquida 6-2, 6-4 in straight sets. Alabama would take a 3-0 lead as Adam Sanjurjo would fall in three sets to Edson Ortiz (Alabama) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

The match would be clinched on court five as Zhe Zhou (Alabama) beat Jose Alonso 6-4, 6-4.

The Razorbacks are set to return home this Saturday to host Auburn at 1 p.m. The Hogs will be welcoming back more than 60 former players and coaches for a reunion, as well as recognizing four senior Razorbacks in Branch Terrell, Pedro Alonso, Adam Sanjurjo and Oscar Mesquida.

Doubles Results – Order of Finish (1,2,3)
1. #25 Mazen Osama/Patrick Kaukovalta (UA) def. Oscar Mesquida/Adam Sanjurjo (ARK) 6-1
2. Maxim Verboven/Enrique Paya (ARK) def. Edson Ortiz/Riccardo Roberto (UA) 6-3
3. Sam Fischer/Zhe Zhou (UA) def. Jose Alonso/Alex Reco (ARK) 7-6 (7-0)

Singles Results – Order of Finish (1,2,5)
1. #52 Mazen Osama (UA) def. #65 Oscar Mesquida (ARK) 6-2, 6-4
2. Edson Ortiz (UA) def. Adam Sanjurjo (ARK) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
3. Patrick Kaukovalta (UA) vs. Alex Reco (ARK) 4-6, 6-2, 4-5, unfinished
4. Riccardo Roberto (UA) vs. Enrique Paya (ARK) 6-4, 6-6 (2-4), unfinished
5. Zhe Zhou (UA) def. Jose Alonso (ARK) 6-4, 6-4
6. Jeremy Gschwendtner (UA) vs. Maxim Verboven (ARK) 6-7 (1-7), 5-5, unfinished

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