NORMAN — The Oklahoma men's tennis advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships on Friday, defeating Bryant 4-0 at the Headington Family Tennis Center.
For the fourth straight match, OU captured the doubles point to take an early 1-0 lead. The Sooners used a 6-0 win by freshmen Jochen Bertsch and Adrian Oetzbach on court three, followed by a 6-2 win at the No. 2 spot from seniors Florin Bragusi and Alex Ghilea to clinch the point.
Oklahoma head coach Nick Crowell's squad rolled its dominant play straight into singles action, where the Crimson and Cream dropped just one set all afternoon.
One of three freshmen in the singles lineup, Arnaud Restifo doubled the Sooners' lead at the No. 6 spot with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Bryant's Oliver Welsh. The win pushed Restifo, a Nice, France, native to 6-6 in singles on the year.
"It was very cool," Restifo said. "Coach gave me the opportunity to play today and with it being the last tournament for the seniors, I was very happy to play with them. It was tough with the wind, but I served pretty well."
Ghilea continued his dominant play in singles in 2017 with a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 2 against Luke Lurenz. Ghilea moved to a team-best 17-3 in singles with the win. On Thursday Ghilea earned All-Big 12 honors for the third consecutive season, being named to the first team in singles.
Bragusi followed his Romanian teammate's winning ways with a victory at line three singles, 6-1, 6-4, over Bryant's Artur Jakubowski to clinch the win for the Sooners.
Up next for the Sooners is a showdown against Mississippi State on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT., also at the Headington Family Tennis Center. The 18th-ranked Bulldogs took down SMU Friday morning in the opening round, 4-0, to advance to Saturday's match.
The winner of Saturday's match will advance to the round of 16 held in Athens, Ga. OU is looking to reach the round of 16 for the fifth consecutive season with a victory.
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