Under new head coach Andy Jackson, Arkansas swept Mercer in doubleheader action to open the 2014 spring season.
The first set of matches began at 1 p.m. in the Billingsley Tennis Center, and Arkansas seized control from the word go.
Arkansas earned a 5-2 win in the first match behind senior Mike Nott, who compiled a perfect 4-0 individual record on the day with both a pair of singles and doubles wins.
“I thought the seniors were quite good, especially Mike Nott,” Jackson said. “A lot of guys did some pretty good things. We played a lot of tennis. It was a pretty decent day for us.”
Redshirt senior Hall Fess also had a nice day individually, going 3-1 in singles and doubles matches. In his first singles match, Fess won 6-5 (6-3), 6-1 and 6-3, 6-0 in the second.
The Razorbacks then closed the day strong with a 6-1 victory over the Bears, winning five of the six singles matches, and two of the three doubles matches.
Fess impressed again in the latter part of the day, defeating Anderson Scarpa in straight sets 6-3, 6-0.
Redshirt freshman Jacob Herndon also scored a comeback in his singles match after falling being 5-0 in the opening set.
“He’s someone I think is going to help the Razorbacks out a lot over the next four years,” Jackson said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do with him, but obviously he’s a tough kid that’s got some game, and I’m excited about that.”
Following the successful sweep of Mercer, Arkansas and coach Jackson now head to Texas to take on the Longhorns.
“Well, I feel better being 2-0 going to Texas,” Jackson said. “I’ve been to Texas a lot of times. They’re a top 20 team on the road, and it’s a little like going on the road in the SEC. It’ll be good for us.”
Arkansas faces off with Texas Sunday at 1 p.m., looking to improve to 3-0 on the young season.