No. 19 Texas was defeated 4-3 by No. 21 Arkansas on Wednesday night, its first loss in eight matches.
The night started off strong when freshman Harrison Scott and sophomore John Mee defeated senior Santiago Munoz and junior Johan den Toom, 6-2 at third doubles. However, the Razorbacks rallied back and claimed the remaining doubles matches giving them a 1-0 lead heading into singles play.
The Longhorns tied the score 1-1 when sophomore Adrian Ortiz defeated Munoz 6-1, 6-0 at third singles and then took the lead 2-1 when senior Michael Riechmann edged out redshirt freshman Adam Sanjurjo 7-6, 6-4 at fifth singles. The Razorbacks came back and took the win at fourth and second singles giving them a 3-2 lead. Junior George Goldhoff tied the score and recorded his second top-40 win, as he beat off Arkansas’ 32nd-ranked Mike Redlicki, 6-2, 7-6 at first singles. The match then came down to the sixth singles match where redshirt freshman Julian Zlobinsky was knocked out in a three-set match giving Arkansas the win, 4-3.
“It was a great college match,” head coach Michael Center said following the match. “It comes down to the execution in some critical moments. We lost a tough doubles point again today. We fought back, but we just came up a little bit short. We’ve just got to keep playing and keep going.”
Texas returns to action on Saturday against Tulsa. First serve is at 1 p.m.