FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Men’s Tennis Hogs (10-6, 1-2) dismantled the No. 25 Auburn Tigers (12-3, 1-1) on Friday, earning the first four points of the game and ending the day with a 4- 3 win. The last time the Razorbacks beat a ranked team was April 4, 2021. That is until the 25th-ranked Tigers arrived in Fayetteville on Friday.
“Happy for the team,” said head coach Andy Jackson. “Our guys knocked hard on the door and today they made it. Today was very close, very tough, as it always is in the SEC.
Arkansas got off to a perfect start in the doubles sets, as doubles teams Adrien Burdet/Melvin Manuel and Hunter Harrison/Jake Sweeney were lethal in their matches, winning 6-3 and 6-1 respectively, to clinch double stitch. .
It was much the same in singles, as Adrien Burdet, who turned 20 on Friday, was the first to leave the court, slipping to a 6-1, 6-4 win over Raul Dobai. Razorback and No. 47-ranked Aleksa Bucan pulled off a straight-sets victory on court six to win the match at 4-0.
Melvin Manuel continued to play tennis relentlessly on Friday, winning his singles match in three sets and moving to 10-1 on the season.
Arkansas faces No. 12 Kentucky on Sunday when the Hogs look to build on Friday’s win.
“UK are No. 12 and really good,” Jackson said. “It’s going to be a big challenge, but it’s so great to be in the SEC to play this schedule with these opportunities.”
The Hogs and ‘Cats face off at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday.