TULSA, Okla. – The Oklahoma men’s tennis team took down in-state foe Tulsa Friday night, 6-1.
The Sooners grabbed the doubles point before five OU players picked up singles wins. With the victory, the Sooners improve to 7-1 on the season, while Tulsa moves to 3-7.
"Tonight was a good battle," said head coach Nick Crowell. "Tulsa came out swinging in the doubles. We got off the court quick at 3 doubles, but we were down at 1 and 2 and fought back on both courts. Jake (van Emburgh) and Ferran (Calvo) fought off some match points and it was a big momentum swing to win that doubles point."
The Sooners captured the doubles point in a thriller. Newcomers James Davis and Alex Bakshi routed Louis Corker and Mitchell Pritchard, 6-2, on court three.
Sophomores Adrian Oetzbach and Jochen Bertsch were defeated by Lucca Baptista and Majed Kilani, 7-5, at No. 2. The Sooners trailed the match, 5-2, before winning three straight games to tie the court at 5-all but Tulsa prevailed.
The point came down to court one, where Ferran Calvo and Jake van Emburgh held on to beat Joshua Goodger and Jarod Hing after a tiebreaker, 7-6 (5). After clinching the doubles point, the pair improved to 5-0 on the season.
Jake van Emburgh picked up the Sooners’ first singles win of the day, cruising to a 6-2, 6-3, win over Baptista on court four.
No. 27 Calvo defeated Hing, 6-4, 6-2, from the No. 3 line, good for his first victory spring duals victory.
On court five, Bertsch took down Corker, 6-4, 6-3, to remain undefeated at 6-0 in singles play this season.
Bakshi also maintained his perfect record, defeating Goodger, 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (8). The junior came up just short in the first set before controlling the second frame. He held on in a 10-point tiebreaker in lieu of a third set to extend his winning streak to five matches.
"Bakshi picked up a big win over a top player who is playing very well at the moment," said Crowell. "I like how he came back from a set down and was clutch at the end."
At No. 6, Max Stewart notched a 6-3, 6-4, win over Pritchard to give the Sooners a 6-0 lead in the match.
Oetzbach lost a heartbreaker to No. 108 Kilani on court two after a 10-point tiebreaker in lieu of a third set, 6-7 (7), 6-0, 1-0 (6). The Sooner won a wild first set after trailing 5-2 and winning five straight games to tie the frame at 5 and again at 6. He then hung on to win in an extended tiebreaker. Kilani dominated set two and prevailed in the 10-point tiebreaker to hand OU its sole singles loss on the night.
Said Crowell, "Oetzbach fought back to win the first set after being down. He did some really good things tonight but Kilani played well in the third set tiebreaker to get that point."
The Sooners return to action on Friday, Feb. 23, when they take on USF at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Fla.
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1. Alex Bakshi (OU) def. #66 Joshua Goodger (TLSM) 5-7, 6-4, 10-8
2. #108 Majed Kilani (TLSM) def. Adrian Oetzbach (OU) 6-7 (7-9), 6-0, 10-6
3. #27 Ferran Calvo (OU) def. Jarod Hing (TLSM) 6-4, 6-2
4. Jake van Emburgh (OU) def. Lucca Baptista (TLSM) 6-2, 6-3
5. Jochen Bertsch (OU) def. Louis Corker (TLSM) 6-4, 6-3
6. Max Stewart (OU) def. Mitchell Pritchard (TLSM) 6-3, 6-4
1. Jake van Emburgh/Ferran Calvo (OU) def. Joshua Goodger/Jarod Hing (TLSM) 7-6 (7-5)
2. Lucca Baptista/Majed Kilani (TLSM) def. Jochen Bertsch/Adrian Oetzbach (OU) 7-5
3. James Davis/Alex Bakshi (OU) def. Louis Corker/Mitchell Pritchard (TLSM) 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3, 2,1); Singles (4, 3, 5, 1, 6, 2)