FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Omaha men’s tennis team returned to the courts on Saturday evening dropping a doubleheader to Arkansas. The Mavericks fell in the opener 5-0 and lost the nightcap 5-0. UNO dropped to 5-8 (0-0 Summit League) on the season, while Arkansas is now 10-8.
Omaha returns to action on Tuesday, March 21, visiting St. Thomas University. First serve is set for 2 p.m. in Miami Gardens, Fla. Links to live stats when available can be found on OMavs.com
In the first match, the Razorbacks jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a pair of doubles wins. Senior John Ellis and sophomore Matt Dunn lost a 6-2 decision to Johan den Toom and Branch Terrell at No. 2. Freshman Razvan Grigorescu and senior Colin Buckley fell 6-3 to Adam Sanjurjo and Oscar Mesquida at No. 1.
In singles action, Omaha lost straight set matches at No. 3 and No. 6. Grigorescu, the No. 57 player in the country, dropped a split set match to No. 24 Jose Salazar. Grigorescu won the first set 6-4, but lost the second 7-5 and then fell in the third set super-tiebreaker 1-0 (10-5).
The Arkansas pairing of Salazar and Juan Marino defeated freshman Nathan Reekie and Alex Woodward at No. 2 doubles, 6-3, to open the second match.
In singles play, Reekie and Buckley lost by identical 6-0, 6-1 scores at No. 2 and No. 4, respectively. Sophomore Alex Woodward also fell by the same 6-0, 6-1 score at No. 5. Freshman Luke Moorhead dropped a hard-fought match at No. 6 singles to Austin Robles. Moorhead won the first set 6-2, but fell 6-1 and 6-0 in the final two sets.
Match 1 - Arkansas 5, Omaha 0 Singles competition 1. #24 Jose Salazar (AR/14.38) def. #57 Razvan Grigorescu (OMAHA/13.42) 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-5) 3. Adam Sanjurjo (AR) def. Colin Buckley (OMAHA/11.43) 6-0, 6-4 6. Jacob Herndon (AR) def. John Ellis (OMAHA/11.11) 6-1, 6-3
Match 2 – Arkansas 5, Omaha 0 Singles competition 1. #57 Razvan Grigorescu (OMAHA) vs. #24 Jose Salazar (AR) no result 2. Branch Terrell (AR/12.48) def. Nathan Reekie (OMAHA/11.92) 6-0, 6-1 3. Matt Dunn (OMAHA) vs. Adam Sanjurjo (AR) no result 4. Oscar Mesquida (AR/13.32) def. Colin Buckley (OMAHA/11.43) 6-0, 6-1 5. Juan Marino (AR/12.99) def. Alex Woodward (OMAHA/11.50) 6-0, 6-1 6. Austin Robles (AR/11.92) def. Luke Moorhead (OMAHA/11.35) 2-6, 6-1, 6-0