The Razorback men’s tennis team won its first Southeastern Conference match under new head coach Andy Jackson Sunday. The Hogs won in a dramatic fashion, with a 4-3 come-from-behind decision over the Alabama Crimson Tide.
The Razorbacks won the doubles point for two straight matches, with wins on both courts one and two. Hall Fess and Pete Thomason, the No. 41 pair of seniors, won their third SEC match to move to 3-1 in conference play. Seniors Mike Nott and Manfred Jeske, the No. 56 ranked pair, also took down their opponents, cruising to an 8-4 victory and securing their first win of the season.
Taking a 1-0 lead into singles play, the Hogs soon after found themselves down 3-1 with only three courts left in action. Arkansas protected its leads on all three courts and pulled each victory in three-set decisions.
Junior Jovan Parlic attacked first for the Razorbacks, defeating his opponent 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Freshman Johan den Toom was the next Razorback to taste victory, winning a 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 decision for his third SEC victory in four matches. Den Toom won six straight matches earlier this spring and is on his way to accomplishing that feat once again.
Senior Manfred Jeske was the last Hog in play and it came down to a lone third set on court two. After tiebreakers in the first two sets 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (11-9), the senior kept his composure and prevailed in the third to win the set 6-2.
The team win propels the Razorbacks to 1-3 in SEC play and marks the first time Arkansas has beaten Alabama since the 2006 season.
The Razorbacks return home to host a doubleheader Friday, facing the Texas A&M Aggies and the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks.