Razorbacks Cruise Past East Tennessee State, 6-1
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorbacks men’s tennis team continued their dominance at home with a victory over East Tennessee State on Friday night. Arkansas (7-1) took a 6-1 win over the Buccaneers (0-6), improving to 4-0 at home.
The Razorbacks started off strong again, winning on courts one and three to grab the early 1-0 lead. Alan Sau Franco and Gerard Planelles Ripoll secured the win on court three, defeating the Buccaneers, 6-3. In the top slot, Juniors Stefanos Savva and Melvin Manuel surged past Francisco Lamas and Juan Lobisano of ETSU, 6-3, to clinch the doubles point for the Hogs.
In singles play, Melvin Manuel won his match on court two due to retirement. Freshman Benedikt Emesz rolled past Adam Nagoudi 6-2, 6-1 to earn the second singles point for the Razorbacks. Junior Foster Rogers followed up with a 6-1, 6-4 straight-set victory on court six.
The Buccaneers won their only singles point on court one, as Dimitri Badra defeated Stefanos Savva 6-4, 6-2. The Razorbacks rebounded with wins from Gerard Planelles Ripoll and Alan Sau Franco to close out the win for the Hogs. The duo of Planelles Ripoll and Sau Franco are a combined 10-1 in singles play on the season.
The Razorbacks are at home again on Sunday, Feb. 5 at Billingsley Tennis Center for a doubleheader against Illinois State at 11 a.m. CT and 4 p.m. CT.
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