The Arkansas men’s tennis team lost its first weekend road match 4-0, against the eighth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs. The match took place at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. Friday afternoon.
The No. 59 Razorbacks (12-14, 2-8 Southeastern Conference) lost all 11 completed sets against the Bulldogs (13-6, 8-1 SEC), who coming into the match were tied for first in the SEC.
At the beginning of doubles, the No. 37 tandem of seniors Mike Nott and Manfred Jeske was up 6-5 on court 1 before action was suspended.
"Arkansas was playing very well in doubles, and it took us a while to find our rhythm," UGA head coach Manuel Diaz said.
Georgia went on to take the doubles point by winning the matches on courts 2 and 3, leaving Arkansas without a set won in doubles. The No. 71 duo of Hall Fess and Pete Thomason lost 8-1, while Jovan Parlic and Jacob Herndon lost 8-5
The Razorbacks entered singles play trailing the Bulldogs 1-0 and wouldn’t add another point. The Bulldogs won all completed singles matches in two sets. Matches on courts four, five and six went unfinished.
Court three finished first with Fess losing 6-3, 6-2 to No. 75 Garrett Brasseaux. Georgia earned its third point on court two when No. 39 Nathan Pasha beat Jeske with two 6-2 sets. To clinch the 4-0 win, 18th ranked Austin Smith beat out Nott with set scores of 6-3 and 6-2.
The Bulldogs had the lead, all with the first set won, on courts four, five and six before Smith clinched the match.
The Razorbacks, now on a two-game losing streak, will wrap up their weekend road trip in Knoxville, Tenn., in a match against the Vols (14-9, 3-6 SEC).
Next weekend, Arkansas will close out the regular season in Fayetteville against LSU.