Men's Tennis takes four matches against Auburn on final day of Commodore Invitational

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Arkansas men’s tennis team capped off their weekend at the Commodore Invitational by taking four matches against the Auburn Tigers on Sunday morning. Maxim Verboven and Hunter Harrison won their second-straight doubles match and the Hogs earned wins in three singles matchups. The Razorbacks won 15 matches over the weekend, with 10 of those coming in singles play.

The doubles tandem of Verboven and Harrison downed Maxwell Giddens and Tom Wright by a score of 8-6. It was the duos second win in two days after beating Hurrion/Sandman of Kentucky on Saturday, 8-1.

In singles play, Aleksa Bucan and Josh Bortnick both won their second singles match in Nashville. Bucan won it in straight-sets over Tim Dollman, 6-2, 6-3, while Bortnick battled back for a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 win against Spencer Gray. Melvin Manuel took his first match of the weekend, putting away Maxwell Giddens in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5.

“Very good week for us. All the teams competed so hard and again, you could feel how grateful we all were for the SEC and Vanderbilt being able to allow us to compete. Winning 15 SEC singles and doubles matches is helping our confidence grow”, said head coach Andy Jackson. “Josh Bortnick played a good match today. Showed a lot of improvement.”

The Hogs will be back on the courts when the University of Arkansas hosts a USTA Tournament starting on Sun., Nov. 1 at the Billingsley Tennis Center.



Maxim Verboven/Hunter Harrison (Ark) def. Maxwell Giddens/Tom Wright (Aub) 8-6

Tad Maclean/Finn Murgett (Aub) def. Nico Rousset/Alex Reco (Ark) 8-1

Anders Fry/Diego Chavarria (Aub) def. Melvin Manuel/Avery Zavala (Ark) 8-5

Tim Dollman/Spencer Gray (Aub) def. Aleksa Bucan/Josh Bortnick (Ark) 8-3


Tyler Stice (Aub) def. Maxim Verboven (Ark) 6-1, 6-2

Tad Maclean (Aub) def. Nico Rousset (Ark) 6-0, 2-6, 6-3

Aleksa Bucan (Ark) def. Tim Dollman (Aub) 6-2, 6-3

Melvin Manuel (Ark) def. Maxwell Giddens (Aub) 6-4, 7-5

Finn Murgett (Aub) def. Hunter Harrison (Ark) 6-4, 6-2

Tom Wright (Aub) def. Avery Zavala (Ark) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1

Josh Bortnick (Ark) vs. Spencer Gray (Aub) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3

Diego Chavarria (Aub) def. Foster Rogers (Ark) 6-3, 6-4