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Arkansas gets close, but falls to Oklahoma in road match Friday

Arkansas fell on Friday night to the Oklahoma, 4-3. Alex Reco and Nico Rousset earned wins against ranked Sooners and Enrique Paya picked up a win at No. 6 singles, but the team lost, 4-3.

NORMAN, Okla. — Arkansas fell on Friday night to the Oklahoma, 4-3. Alex Reco and Nico Rousset earned wins against ranked Sooners and Enrique Paya picked up a win at No. 6 singles, but the team lost, 4-3.

The pairing of Maxim Verboven and Paya won their first doubles match of the season at the No. 1 spot, 6-4, but the Hogs eventually dropped on courts two and three.

After the Razorbacks fell in doubles action, Reco quickly earned a win at the two-spot, 6-4, 6-4, over No. 71 Mason Beiler.

The junior remains undefeated this year after picking up his sixth win of the spring.

Rousset dropped the second set against No. 92 Justin Schlageter, 1-6, and found himself trailing again in the third and final set.

However, the new Razorback fought back and won a long third stanza, 7-5, to earn his fourth win at No. 4 singles.

Paya closed out the night with a three-set win on court six against Max Stewart. Paya is now 3-1 at the No. 6 spot this season with his 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory on Friday.

Arkansas will be back at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center in Fayetteville to face the Memphis Tigers on Sat., Feb. 15. First serve is set for 1:00 p.m.

Doubles

• No. 1 | Verboven/Paya (Ark) def. Van Emburgh/Mandlik (OU), 6-4
• No. 2 | Stewart/Martinez (OU) def. Rousset/Reco (Ark), 7-6 (7-4)
• No. 3 | Beiler/Schlageter (OU) def. Dominguez Alonso/Manuel (Ark), 6-3

Singles

• No. 1 | Jake Van Emburgh (OU) def. Maxim Verboven (Ark), 7-6, 7-5
• No. 2 | Alex Reco (Ark) def. No. 71 Mason Beiler (OU), 6-4, 6-4
• No. 3 | Mark Mandlik (OU) def. Josh Howard-Tripp (Ark), 6-4, 6-3
• No. 4 | Nico Rousset (Ark) def. No. 92 Justin Schlageter (OU), 6-2, 1-6, 7-5
• No. 5 | Alex Martinez (OU) def. Melvin Manuel (Ark), 7-6, 7-5
• No. 6 | Enrique Paya (Ark) def. Max Stewart (OU), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Information from Razorback Sports Communications is included in this story.

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