Fayetteville, Ark. The University of Arkansas men’s tennis team (5-0) will face No. 24 Northwestern University (3-1) on Saturday at the ITA Kickoff Weekend as part of Michigan’s four-team regional competition. The Razorbacks will face the Wildcats at 1:00 p.m. CT on Sunday at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor and the Varsity Tennis Center in No. 4 Michigan or Cal Poly.
The winner of Saturday’s game will face off for a spot in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship on Sunday at 1:00 PM CT. The U.S. Indoor Championships will be held February 10-13 at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. The Consolation Match will be played at 9:00 AM before the Championship Match.
The Razorbacks started the season strong, sweeping Lamar and Oral Roberts with other wins at San Diego State, UC San Diego and Wichita State, going 5-0. Arkansas also has doubles points in his first five games. Freshman Gerardo Planeles Ripoll from Alicante, Spain, is 5-0 in singles this season. Junior Melvin Manuel is also undefeated in singles, with a 4-0 record that puts him in third place. Planelles Ripoll and Manuel have lost his two sets together in singles matches this season.
The Wildcats got off to a 3-1 start this spring with a win over Notre Dame, No. 19 North Carolina, and Chicago. Northwestern University is led by No. 97 Ivan Yatsuk and No. T-110 Trice Pickens, both of whom are unbeaten in the season, starting in 1/2 and his 2/4. Pickens is trailing his 3–0 in doubles with partner Natan Spear for his second or his third, and has helped score his points in doubles in two matches. Pickens and Spear defeated North Carolina’s No. 21 Rafay Kierdlke/Joseph Wayan earlier this season.
The No. 4 Wolverines started the season 4-0, including three sweeps and a commanding victory over No. 6 Tennessee. Michigan has his four ranked singles players in the ITA rankings and his two doubles spares. No. 6 Andrew Fenty in singles he’s 2-1 he’s 2nd, No. 16 Ondrej-Styler is his 1/3rd he’s 2-0 and the Tennessee native is No. 81 Emile Hadd in straight sets. The duo of Fenty and Gavin Young holds a record of 1-0, with him ranked 14th nationally.
Cal Poly kicks off the season this weekend after last year’s impressive 15-6 campaign to clinch their second straight Big West regular season championship. Headlining the Mustangs was No. 55 Noah Berry, who finished 13-4 in the No. 1 position. Berry and Fernando his Fonseca doubles His tandem is expected to continue his dominance heading into the 2023 season, taking Cal his 13-5 in his poly last season.
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