Hughes drops to No. 10 in Kentucky in the quarter-finals of the SEC Championship

Athens, Georgia – Arkansas men’s tennis fell in Friday’s SEC quarterfinals to the third- and 10th-seeded Kentucky Wildcats, 4-0.

“Once again, we fought and played well,” said Arkansas coach Andy Jackson. “Kentucky was better at the end of the first sets and then broke them. Congratulations to them for showing why they are competing for the NCAA Championship.”

The Wildcats jumped ahead early on in the doubles point, claiming the two sets on Courts 1 and 3 to build 1-0.

Arkansas has played Kentucky aggressively in most of the singles action. Razorback’s Nico Rosset built a 5-2 first set advantage over 16th seed Gabriel Diallo but ended up falling 7-5. Oscar Pinto and Alexa Buchan pushed their first set into the tiebreak 6-6, but each fell in their tiebreak.

Twenty-sixth-ranked and 26th-ranked Alex Rico looked strong to start the singles match, winning his first set over 8th seed Liam Draxel 6-4. Rico was delayed 3-5 in the second set when the match was stopped.

Arkansas now awaits its fate in a possible bid for the NCAA Championship.

“We’re going to be one of the last guys in the NCAA or one of the first,” Jackson said. “It will be ten long days to wait.”

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