Bakshi, Calvo Advance to Round of 16 at Regionals

Ann Marcelli
By Ann Marcelli
Student Assistant

NORMAN – Oklahoma men's tennis' Alex Bakshi and Ferran Calvo advanced to the round of 16 at the ITA Central Regional Championships with singles wins Friday.  

Calvo, who received a first-round bye, put away Arkansas’ Josh Bortnick, 6-1, 6-2, before knocking off Oklahoma State’s Mathieu Scaglia, 6-4, 6-4. Calvo is one win shy of reaching the 20-win mark this fall and has recorded just one loss in his campaign.

Bakshi defeated Barnabas Koncz of Oral Roberts, 6-2, 6-0, then took down Eleftherios Theodorou, also of Oklahoma State, 6-2, 6-4, to secure a spot in the round of 16.  

Two more Sooners grabbed round of 64 wins. Freshman James Davis pulled off an upset Drake’s Vinny Gillespie, who is the No. 4 seed in the tournament and ranked No. 52 nationally, in a three-set thriller. Davis prevailed, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. The freshman was eliminated in the round of 32 by Josip Krstanovic of Minnesota, falling, 6-4, 6-4.

OU's Adrian Oetzbach made quick work of Freddie Powell from Drake, giving up just two games in his 6-2, 6-0 victory. Oetzbach’s run came to an end when he was defeated by UMKC’s Airam Castellano, 6-1, 6-2, in the third round. 

Mason Bridegan came up just short to Arkansas’ Jose Salazar in the round of 64, falling, 7-5, 7-5. Jochen Bertsch was defeated by Eddie Stoica of Wichita State in a match that went the distance, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5.

In the consolation draw, freshman Jake van Emburgh took down Justyn Levin of Minnesota. Levin took the first set before van Emburgh surged back in the second frame and held on to win the 10-point tiebreaker for a 4-6, 6-1 (10-6), victory.

Two doubles pairs will also clinched round of 16 berths. Oetzbach and Bertsch defeated Joe Tyler and Will Davies of Iowa, 8-6, and Calvo and van Emburgh topped Minnesota's Marino Alpeza and Eli Ogilvy, 8-4.

Results and draws have been updated below.

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Day One Results

MAIN DRAW – SINGLES (Round of 128)
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)

Oetzbach/Bertsch def. Laska/Calligari (North Dakota), 8-2
Scaglia/Draheim def. Davis/Bakshi (OSU), 8-6

Day Two Results

MAIN DRAW – SINGLES (Round of 64)
Salazar (Arkansas) def. Bridegan, 7-5, 7-5
Oetzbach def. Powell (Drake), 6-2, 6-0
Calvo def. Bortnick (Arkansas), 6-1, 6-2
Davis def. Gillespie (Drake), 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
Bakshi def. Koncz (Oral Roberts), 6-2, 6-0
Stoica (Wichita State) def. Bertsch, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5

MAIN DRAW – SINGLES (Round of 32)
Castellano (UMKC) def. Oetzbach, 6-1, 6-2
Calvo def. Scaglia (OSU), 6-2, 6-3
Krstanovic (Minnesota) def. Davis, 6-4, 6-4
Bakshi def. Theodorou (OSU), 6-2, 6-4

Oetzbach/Bertsch def. Tyler/Davies (Iowa), 8-6
van Emburgh/Calvo def. Alpeza/Ogilvy (Minnesota), 8-4.

van Emburgh def. Levin (Minnesota), 4-6, 6-1 (10-6)

Day Three Draws

Calvo vs. Spec (Minnesota)
Bakshi vs. Corwin (Minnesota)

Oetzbach/Bertsch vs. Erhart/Boyer (Nebraska)
van Emburgh/Calvo vs. Medoza/Tybar (OSU)