SEC Tennis Tournament

Razorback senior Alex Reco battles during his opening-set victory over Kentucky’s Liam Draxl in the SEC Men’s Tennis Tournament on Friday. Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams' SEC Tournament runs ended in the quarterfinals.

The Arkansas men's and women's tennis squads both fell in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Friday.

The fifth-seeded Arkansas women’s tennis team began its SEC Tournament run in Gainesville, Florida, against 13th-seeded Mississippi State. In the doubles competition, sophomore Lenka Stara and senior Laura Rijkers won their matchup with the Bulldogs 6-1, and junior Kelly Keller and sophomore Indianna Spink finished the job, defeating Mississippi State 6-2.

Arkansas jumped out to an early lead in the singles competition before graduate student Tatum Rice dropped her match 6-1, 6-2. Arkansas took the lead right back with two quick points. Spink won her singles matchup 6-0, 6-3, and Stara followed suit in hers with 6-3 and 6-2 victories. Keller took her singles competition too, sending Arkansas to the next round with a match score of 4-1.

The Hogs then fell 4-1 to the fourth-seeded Florida Gators in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals. They scored their only points of the round in the doubles competition, after Keller and Spink took their matchup 6-3, and Rijkers and Stara took theirs 6-4.

The men’s team took on sixth-seeded Texas A&M to begin the SEC Tournament. In the doubles competition, seniors Nico Rousset and Alex Reco took their set 6-3, and freshman Jacob Sweeney and redshirt junior Hunter Harrison took theirs 6-4. Sophomore duo Melvin Manuel and Adrien Burdet fell to the Aggies 6-4.

The Hogs secured the match by taking three out of four of the finished matchups in the singles competition. Freshman Oscar Pinto Sansano and sophomores Aleksa Bucan and Adrien Burdet claimed victories to advance the Razorbacks to the quarterfinals.

“I thought we played like we’ve been playing for some time: very hard, very tough and we played a good team,” Arkansas head coach Andy Jackson told Razorback Athletics.

In the men’s quarterfinals, Arkansas took on Kentucky. The Hogs scored no points against the Wildcats, losing 4-0. The Wildcats dominated the singles competition, defeating Rousset (7-5, 6-2), Manuel (6-3, 6-1), and Burdet (6-2, 6-4). Kentucky clinched the match in two doubles matches, outplaying Rousset and Reco (6-3) and Sweeny and Harrison (6-2)

“Again, we fought and played well,” Jackson told Razorback Athletics. “Kentucky was better at the end of the first sets and then broke it open. Congratulations to them, as they showed why they are a contender for the NCAA championship.”

Both Razorback squads will await the NCAA Tournament, which is set to begin May 6.

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