NORMAN – The Oklahoma men’s tennis team is set for its first road trip of the season Friday, when the Sooners clash with in-state rival Tulsa at 6 p.m.
The No. 19 Sooners enter the match at 6-1 on the season following a bye week. In its last match, then-No. 18 OU fell to then-No. 16 Illinois in the ITA Kickoff Weekend championship, 4-1, the Sooners’ sole loss on the year.
In the match, OU dropped the doubles point for the first time all season after a tiebreaker on court three went Illinois’ way. Freshman Jake van Emburgh picked up the Sooners' only singles win with a 6-1, 7-6 (3), victory on court four.
Junior Alex Bakshi leads OU with a 4-0 record from the No. 1 and No. 2 lines. Jochen Bertsch continues to impress at 5-0 in singles play in the No. 3, 4, and 5 slots. James Davis is the third Sooner with an unblemished record at 2-0 on court six.
Ferran Calvo is the Sooners’ sole representative in the ITA rankings, clocking in at No. 27 in the latest release. The last time Calvo played in Tulsa, the junior made a remarkable run at the 2017 ITA All-American Championships in October, winning eight straight matches to advance through the pre-qualifying and qualifying draws and earn a spot in the main bracket, where he finished in the round of 16.
In doubles action, Calvo and van Emburgh remain undefeated with a 4-0 record on court one, while Adrian Oetzbach and Jochen Bertsch are 4-1 from the No. 2 line.
Tulsa comes into Friday’s contest with a 3-6 overall record. The Golden Hurricane is 1-4 in its last five matches, and fell to Alabama, 4-0, in its most recent competition.
Joshua Goodger leads Tulsa at 7-1 in singles play. The freshman has 4-1 on court 1 and 3-0 on court 2, good for a No. 66 ranking in the latest ITA release.
In doubles, Jarod Hing and Majed Kilani are 1-3 from the No. 1 line.
The Last Time They Met…
OU won a 4-3 thriller over Tulsa at the BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Challenge at Indian Wells on March 17, 2017. The Sooners rebounded after dropping the doubles point to capture four singles victories, with Bertsch clinching the match for OU with a 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-3, win from the No. 4 line.
The Sooners had previously defeated the Golden Hurricane in Norman in February, 7-0.
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