WINSTON SALEM, N.C. – The No. 12 Oklahoma men’s tennis team fell to No. 2 Wake Forest, 7-0, on Saturday at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Wake Forest opened the evening by taking the doubles point, led by their No. 1 tandem in the nation, Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim. The two defeated Oklahoma’s duo of senior Andrew Harris and junior Spencer Papa, 6-3.
The Demon Deacons clinched the doubles point when Petros Chrysochos and Dennis Uspensky upended the Sooners’ freshmen partners, Jochen Bertsch and Adrian Oetzbach, 6-4, at the No. 3 position. At the No. 2 spot, the match between Oklahoma’s Florin Bragusi/Alex Ghilea and Wake’s Borna Gojo/Alan Gadjiev went unfinished.
Oklahoma battled hard in singles action, but couldn’t get the extra boost they needed. Papa fell to the fourth-ranked singles player in the country, Mansouri, 6-4, 6-4 at the No. 2 position. Oetzbach dropped the first road singles match of his collegiate career to Uspensky, 6-3, 6-2, which gave the Demon Deacons a 3-0 lead in the match.
The match clincher for Wake Forest was at No. 3 singles, where Gojo defeated Ghilea 6-3, 6-4. Bragusi, the country’s 118th-ranked singles player, then fell to No. 21 Seraphim in a competitive 6-4, 7-6 match.
Bertsch, also in his first career road singles match, took No. 122 Gadjiev to the wire, but fell 4-6, 6-4, 1-0. Wake Forest capped off the 7-0 victory with Chrysochos’ 3-6, 7-6, 1-0 win over Harris at No. 1 singles. Harris won the first set and led 5-3 in the second before Chrysochos, ranked No. 1 in the country, rallied for the win.
"Wake Forest played a really good match today and you have to give them credit," Oklahoma head coach Nick Crowell said. "We have to focus on getting better each day, doing the little things well and those points will come. We have a big week coming up and are turning our attention to Michigan on Saturday."
"Wake Forest played a really good match tonight and you have to give them credit. We have to focus on getting better each day, doing the little things well and those points will come. "
- Head Coach Nick Crowell
With the loss, Oklahoma falls to 2-1 early on in the 2017 season. The Sooners will return home next Saturday for the ITA Kickoff Weekend, where they will begin the tournament with a meeting against Michigan at 2 p.m. CT. Arkansas will take on Illinois at 10 a.m. inside the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion with the winners of each match facing off at 2 p.m. CT on Sunday. The winner of the match will earn a place in the 2017 ITA National Indoor Championships.
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1. #1 Mansouri/Seraphim def. Harris/Papa - 6-3
2. Ghilea/Bragusi vs. Gojo/Gadjiev - 5-4 DNF
3. Chrysochos/Uspensky def. Bertsch/Oetzbach - 6-4
1. #1 Petros Chrysochos def. Andrew Harris - 3-6, 7-6, 1-0
2. #4 Skander Mansouri def. #18 Spencer Papa - 6-4, 6-4
3. Borna Gojo def. Alex Ghilea - 6-3, 6-3
4. #21 Christian Seraphim def. #118 Florin Bragusi - 6-4, 7-6
5. Dennis Uspensky def. Adrian Oetzbach - 6-3, 6-2
6. #122 Alan Gadjiev def. Jochen Bertsch - 4-6, 6-4, 1-0