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The Razorbacks’ women’s tennis team narrowly snuck past Ole Miss in the Southeastern Conference home opener over the weekend. The men’s team was not so lucky.

The Arkansas women’s team won their match 4-3 Saturday, Feb. 20. The men were shutout 7-0 Sunday, Feb. 21.

The women’s team (6-0, 1-0) remains undefeated after a nailbiter start to conference play.

Arkansas freshmen Morgan Cross and Indianna Spink clinched the doubles point with a 7-6 victory in the third game of the best-of-three.

The Razorbacks won two of the first three singles matches in straight sets, with Cross winning 6-4, 6-2, and senior Lauren Alter winning 6-3, 6-3.

Ole Miss won the next two singles matches, to tie the overall score at 3-3 with one match left. Junior Lauren Rjikers persevered 7-6, 2-6, 6-4, to win the match for the Razorbacks.

The men’s team (6-3, 0-1) struggled throughout the match, as Ole Miss shut out the Hogs 7-0.

The Rebels won four of the singles matches in straight sets. Freshman Melvin Manuel and senior Enrique Paya were the only two to win a set for Arkansas. Manuel lost his tiebreaker 10-8, and Paya dropped his tiebreaker 11-9.

“Well done to Ole Miss,” head coach Andy Jackson said. “They overpowered us. They have a good team and we knew that going into today… We didn’t play as well as we can. Now we face Memphis who beat Ole Miss in Oxford. So, we will look to do better.”

The Razorbacks will take on Memphis this weekend in Fayetteville. The women play at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, and the men play at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28.

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