Lobos Fall 4-3 to #51 Arkansas in Close Matchup
Feb. 10, 2013
EUGENE, ORE. – The Lobos had a hard fought battle against #51 Arkansas on neutral ground. The Lobos took the doubles point, but was unable to keep the momentum on their side as they fell 4-3 putting the Lobos at 4-4 for the season.
The Lobos led the dual match with a score of 1-0 after their wins at number two and three doubles. UNM needed the momentum to continue as they led into singles.
At number one singles, Samir Iftikhar dropped the first set with a score of 6-2 agaisnt Gregoire Lehmann. He flipped the score around in the second set to win 6-2. It all came down to a third set six-all tiebreaker because that was what was needed to settle a match of this caliber. Lehmann got the upper hand and didn’t let it go to win the match with a final score of 6-2, 2-6, 7-6.
At the number two spot, Berg took on Jeske with two back-to-back tiebreak sets. Jeske kept up his game to win both sets with a score of 7-6, 7-6.
At the number three position, Mitch McDaniels came out on top to defeat his opponent Parlic with a score of 6-3, 7-6.
At the number four spot, Phillips took control in the first set tiebreak and kept the game going his way against Mike Ward. Phillips won the match 7-6, 6-1.
At the number five position, Hignett fell to Nott with a score of 6-3, 7-5.
By now the dual match was all tied up at 3-3 with the winner at number six singles to decide which team will be victorious.
At number six singles, Hegelund took the first set 6-2 against Hoang. Hoang answered back with a second set win of 7-5. It came down to the nail-biting end of the third set at 6-6. Hoang got the better by winning the necessary two points against Hegelund to decide the match in favor of Arkansas with a final score of 2-6, 7-5, 7-6.
Throughout the entire match, there were six 6-6 game tiebreakers because it was that close of a match. It was certainly a challenging atmosphere and an aggressive one at that.
The Lobos are now 4-4 overall with one more match to be played against the host school Oregon today.
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