No. 15 Sooners Shut Out No. 36 Drake

Ann Marcelli
By Ann Marcelli
Communications Assistant

NORMAN – The No. 15 Oklahoma men’s tennis team shut out No. 36 Drake, 4-0, Saturday at the Headington Family Tennis Center to pick up its second win of the weekend.

The Sooners opened the contest with the doubles point and did not look back, closing out the match with singles wins on courts two, six and three. With the victory, OU improves to 12-1 on the season and has now won its last six consecutive matches. Drake moves to 11-8 overall and 3-0 in Summit League action.

"I thought Drake did a great job of fighting back in the second sets on a lot of courts – court one, court four and court five – those guys wouldn’t go away. Fortunately, we were able to close them out on some of the other courts," said head coach Nick Crowell.

In doubles play, Adrian Oetzbach and Ferran Calvo kicked things off for the Sooners with a 6-4 win over Finley Hall and Ben Wood on court one. Oetzbach closed out the frame with an ace. 

James Davis and Max Stewart clinched the doubles point for OU when they defeated Tom Hands and Ben Clark, 6-4, from the No. 3 line. The British duo improved to 3-0 as a pair. 

When play was halted, Alex Bakshi and Jake Van Emburgh trailed Vinny Gillespie and Barny Thorold, 5-4, in the top spot.

Oetzbach grabbed the Sooners’ first singles win of the day, cruising to a 6-2, 6-0, victory over Tom Hands on court two.

Freshman Stefano Tsorotiotis took down Ben Wood, 6-2, 6-4, on court six to notch his first win as a Sooner. Tsorotiotis rolled through the first set but trailed early in the second frame. The Libertyville, Ill., native tied the set at 4 and held strong to close out the match.

“It feels good,” said the Tsorotiotis of his victory. “I had a lot of nerves, for sure. … I’m just going to go out and trust my game.”

“Stefano stepped up big,” said Crowell. “He was ready for this – he’s been working really hard in practice and he deserved the chance and he stepped up and got it and we were really happy for him.”

No. 40 Calvo clinched the match for OU when he defeated Barny Thorold, 6-3, 6-4, on court three. The junior never trailed in the match to pick up his third consecutive victory.

When play was halted, No. 91 Bakshi was locked in at 5-all with Vinny Gillespie in the second set on court one. Bakshi won set one, 6-4, and led the second frame, 5-1, before Gillespie answered and tied the set.

On court four, Van No. 85 Emburgh trailed Ben Clark, 6-5, in the second frame after rolling to a 6-2 victory in the first set.

Stewart led Finley Hall, 2-1, in the third set on court five. The freshman dominated the first set, winning 6-1, before Hall took the second to force a deciding frame.

The Sooners are back in action Thursday, when they travel to Los Angeles to face UCLA at 4 p.m. CT.

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Singles competition

  1. #91 Alex Bakshi (OU) vs. Vinny Gillespie (DU) 6-4, 5-5, unfinished
  2. Adrian Oetzbach (OU) def. Tom Hands (DU) 6-2, 6-0
  3. #40 Ferran Calvo (OU) def. Barny Thorold (DU) 6-3, 6-4
  4. #85 Jake van Emburgh (OU) vs. Ben Clark (DU) 6-2, 5-6, unfinished
  5. Max Stewart (OU) vs. Finley Hall (DU) 6-1, 3-6, 2-1, unfinished
  6. Stefano Tsorotiotis (OU) def. Ben Wood (DU) 6-2, 6-4

 Doubles competition

  1. Alex Bakshi/Jake van Emburgh (OU) vs. Vinny Gillespie/Barny Thorold (DU) 5-6, unfinished
  2. Adrian Oetzbach/Ferran Calvo (OU) def. Finley Hall/Ben Wood (DU) 6-4
  3. James Davis/Max Stewart (OU) def. Tom Hands/Ben Clark (DU) 6-4

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,6,3)