NORMAN – The Oklahoma men’s tennis team got off to a strong start at the ITA Central Region Championships, going 4-2 in combined singles and doubles action.
In doubles play, Adrian Oetzbach and Jochen Bertsch put away North Dakota’s Laska and Calligari, 8-2, before James Davis and Alex Bakshi fell to Scaglia and Draheim of Oklahoma State, 8-6.
"Adrian and Jochen played with high energy in doubles," head coach Nick Crowell said. "Both guys were ripping forehands and helping each other out in their service games."
Three Sooners grabbed singles wins, beginning with Bertsch, who dropped his first frame before fighting back for a three-set victory over Chris Dean of Nebraska, winning 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Davis made quick work of St. Louis’ John Nogalski, winning 6-2, 6-2.
Senior Mason Bridegan came up with a three-set victory over Jonas Larsen of Iowa. Bridegan gave up a tight first set before controlling the second and third frames to win, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.
"I really like how Mason really stepped up his attitude and body language after the first set," Crowell added. "He showed the type of fight and energy we are talking about every day."
Jake van Emburgh was defeated by Drake's Barny Thorold in a tight match with both frames going to tiebreakers. Thorold took the match, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5).
"Tomorrow, we need to come out of the gates stronger early in matches and look to establish dominance earlier in matches," Crowell said.
Results and draws have been updated below.
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Day One Results
MAIN DRAW – SINGLES (First Round)
Bertsch def. Dean (Nebraska), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Davis def. Nogalski (St. Louis), 6-2, 6-2
Thorold (Drake) def. van Emburgh, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5)
MAIN DRAW – DOUBLES (First Round)
Oetzbach/Bertsch def. Laska/Calligari (North Dakota), 8-2
Scaglia/Draheim def. Davis/Bakshi (OSU), 8-6
Day Two Draws
MAIN DRAW – SINGLES (Second Round)
Bertsch vs. Eddie Stoica (Wichita State)
Bridegan vs. Salazar (Arkansas)
Bakshi vs. Koncz (Oral Roberts)
Oetzbach vs. Powell (Drake)
Davis vs. Gillespie (Drake)
Calvo vs. Bortnik (Arkansas)
MAIN DRAW – DOUBLES (Second Round)
Oetzbach/Bertsch vs.Tyler/Davies (Iowa)
van Emburgh/Calvo vs. Alpeza/Ogilvy (Minnesota)