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Tennis Teams Finish Regular Season

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Arkansas’ men’s and women’s tennis teams wrapped up their regular seasons over the weekend.

 

Men’s

No. 12 Arkansas took on two teams over the weekend in Fayetteville. The games were the last home matchups the Hogs will have on the season.

The Hogs’ three seniors were honored before the Senior Day match against the South Carolina Gamecocks. Arkansas and South Carolina were tied 3-3 heading to the final singles match but senior Santiago Munoz could not pull through in the final set against South Carolina’s Andrew Schafer.

“I was very pleased with our competitiveness and our fight today, but South Carolina certainly deserved to win the match,” head coach Andy Jackson said in a press release. “We’re really proud of our seniors and looking forward to seeing if we can bounce back and do well at the SEC Tournament.”

On Friday, the Hogs matched up against the No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs. Arkansas lost the match 5-2 after being shut out in doubles and only winning two single sets. Giammarco Micolani and Adam Sanjurjo were the two Hogs responsible for wins.

Micolani’s streak of singles wins was broken against the Gamecock’s Harrison O’Keefe. He had won 10 matches in a row, not losing since March 6 and only losing three sets in every match since then. Micolani made All-SEC second team at last season’s end.

Micolani and Mike Redlicki, who make up the No. 23 doubles team in the nation, won their first match since March 23.

Jose Salazar split the weekend, losing his singles matchup against Georgia’s Wayne Montgomery, who is ranked No. 34 in the nation, and winning against South Carolina’s No. 60 Gabriel Friedrich. Salazar is ranked No. 76.

Arkansas is now 19-7 on the season after the weekend’s two matches and is 7-5 against conference opponents.They finished fourth overall in the SEC.

The Hogs will be the No. 6 seed in the SEC Tournament that starts on Thursday in Columbia, South Carolina. The team will face the Gamecocks in the first round of the tournament.

 

Women’s

The women’s tennis team squared off against No. 47 Ole Miss and No. 24 Mississippi State on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. Both games resulted in losses for the No. 29 Hogs, who now look ahead to the SEC Championships that start on Thursday.

Saturday’s game against Mississippi State was Senior Day for head coach Michael Hegarty’s squad. Flavia Araujo, Nicole Breaux, Makenzie Craft and Yuliya Lysa all played their last matches in Fayetteville and were honored before the teams started competing. The Hogs lost the match 5-2.

Arkansas’ Mia Jurasic was the only Hog to win a singles match and was part of the duo, along with freshman Ana Oparenovi, to get a doubles victory. Jurasic, a sophomore, finished the regular season with a team-leading 14-8 singles record including only three losses against SEC opponents.

“As I told the team, it’s a bittersweet feeling today because we all wanted to get the victory on Senior Day,” Hegarty said in a press release. “But most importantly, this team had a fantastic regular season and put itself in position to have great success in the postseason. In that regard, we will feel great today, and I am proud of our seniors for their contributions. We have so much left to accomplish this season.”

Thursday’s game was similar for the Hogs. The team lost 4-2 against the Rebels with wins from only Lysa and Shannon Hudson. Lysa, ranked No. 27 nationally, picked up her eighth individual match victory against ranked opponents with her win over Ole Miss’ Arianne Hartono, who is ranked No. 22.

The Hogs will face Mississippi State again Thursday, this time as a No. 10 seed in the SEC Championships. The Bulldogs are a No. 7 seed. The two teams travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for the conference championship. The match starts at 10 a.m.

 

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