The Razorback tennis team got an early start to its upset bid over the 22nd ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs, but fell 4-2.

Arkansas won the doubles point to enter singles play ahead 1-0 for the fourth time in league play and the second consecutive match.

Mike Nott and Manfred Jeske were able to topple the 40th ranked doubles team for the Bulldogs 8-2.

To clinch the point, Hall Fess and Pete Thomason picked up a 8-5 victory in the second match of the day, winning their 16th doubles match of the spring and moving to 5-2 in Southeastern Conference play, a career- and team-high.

An upset from Jeske gave Arkansas the first singles victory at the No. 2 singles position, taking down No. 91 Matle Stropp 6-1, 6-4, for his second straight SEC victory and his second consecutive victory over a ranked opponent.

The rest of the matches were all close, four of them going to three sets, but the Bulldogs battled back to win to win each of the four games and eventually the match 4-2.

Both Jovan Parlic and Nott’s games also went to tiebreakers, both Hogs lost their tiebreaker.

The loss is the Razorback’s second straight loss overall and third straight in SEC play.

This winless weekend in Mississippi cut short a short spell of success, as Arkansas had won three of its last four matches.

This loss was the third time in SEC play Arkansas has scored at least two points despite the loss.

The loss drops the Razorbacks to 1-6 in SEC play, with even tougher matches to come.

Arkansas will return home for two dual matches this weekend, facing off against No. 16 Florida Friday and South Carolina Sunday.

 

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