The Razorbacks mens tennis team upset fifth-ranked Baylor on Saturday afternoon at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center 4-3. It marks the best win over a ranked team since the Hogs downed #7 Texas A&M in 2016. It’s also the first top-five win for Arkansas in the recorded history of the program. After dropping the doubles match, Arkansas recorded four singles wins to pickup the upset victory.
Josh Howard-Tripp clinched the upset win in his first singles match of the spring. After breezing through the first set, 6-3, Howard-Tripp dropped the next nine sets and found himself trailing 0-3 in the third set. The Arkansas junior fought back and earned the clincher in the tiebreak.
Freshman Melvin Manuel made quick work of Rahul Dhokia at the Number 5 spot as he won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. The freshman has two singles wins for the Razorbacks and is 3-1 in doubles play with Josh Dominguez Alonso. Nico Rousset tied the two teams up at a 2-2 with another two-setter over Finn Bass on court four. Junior Alex Reco now holds a perfect record in singles play with a comeback win over Matias Soto, 5-7, 6-1, and 6-4.
In the nightcap, the Razorbacks downed Omaha by the score of 6-1. Arkansas took the doubles point and then earned five straight singles match wins to take their second team victory of the day.
The Razorbacks will now go on the road for the first time this season when they travel to Norman to play the Oklahoma Sooners. The time and date for the first serve for this match has not yet been announced.
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