No. 14 Hogs Travel to Tuscaloosa
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Coming off a historical week with two marquee wins, the Arkansas men’s tennis team will head to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to face the Crimson Tide on Friday, April 1. Doubles play begins at 5 p.m. between the Razorbacks and Crimson Tide.
Arkansas boasts a 16-4 overall record with a 5-2 mark in the SEC, including three consecutive victories. Over the past week, the Razorbacks notched wins at No. 19 Texas and home against SEC foe Ole Miss, both by scores of 4-3.
The victory over the Rebels was the program’s first since 1988, and the win over the Longhorns was only the second since 1989. Head coach Andy Jackson and the team hope to keep the momentum going on the road.
“We are eager to play again after a couple of big wins last week,” Jackson said. “Facing Alabama in Tuscaloosa will be a challenge, but we are playing at a good level right now and working hard to keep it going.”
The Crimson Tide stand in the middle of the SEC with a 4-4 record in conference play, while boasting a 13-9 overall record. Just like Arkansas, with No. 30 Mike Redlicki and No. 114 Jose Salazar, Alabama also has two singles players ranked nationally: No. 43 Mazen Osama and No. 102 Korey Lovett.
In doubles, meanwhile, Lovett and Osama pair together to make the No. 17 duo in the country, only one spot behind the Razorbacks’ No. 16 team of Giammarco Micolani and Redlicki.
Following the match in Tuscaloosa, Arkansas will return home to host a day-night doubleheader Sunday, April 3 at Billingsley Tennis Center. First, a match against No. 25 Mississippi State starts at 1 p.m., with a 6 p.m. tilt vs. Saint Louis to follow.
There will be free pizza, popcorn, Keurig products and Pepsi soft drinks available for all Arkansas fans to come to support the team at Billingsley Tennis Center. The first 50 fans will receive free Whataburger, and there will be a raffle for two tickets to the Razorback baseball game vs. Florida on Saturday, April 16.
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