OU Grabs Win in Final Non-Conference Match
ITAHCA, N.Y. – The No. 17 Oklahoma men’s tennis team closed out its non-conference slate with a 4-2 win over No. Cornell Saturday.
With the win, OU improves to 15-2 on the season, while Cornell moves to 7-7 overall.
“Today was a very tough match - Cornell played very motivated,” said head coach Nick Crowell. “I liked how our guys responded and really dug in their heels today. It was really important to win that doubles point. Jake (Van Emburgh) and Alex (Bakshi) played one of their best matches and Ferran (Calvo) and Adrian (Oetzbach) stepped up in the clutch.”
“The singles was a battle and they really tested us mentally. We stayed strong and played to win in the big moments. Our preparation was key to this match and the guys did a good job preparing.”
The Sooners picked up the doubles point for the fifth straight match with wins on courts one and two. OU’s Alex Bakshi and Jake Van Emburgh routed Alafia Ayeni and Lev Kazakov, 6-2, from the No. 1 line.
No. 68 Adrian Oetzbach and Ferran Calvo took down Cornell’s David Volfson and Joseph McAllister, 6-4, on court two to clinch the point for OU.
When play was abandoned, Sooners freshmen James Davis and Max Stewart trailed Daniel Grunberger and Jake Hansen, 5-4, from the No. 3 line.
In singles action, OU picked up wins on courts one, three and four to take the match.
No. 73 Bakshi started things off, defeating Cornell’s Ayeni, 7-6 (7-), 6-3, in the top spot to give OU a 2-0 lead.
OU’s No. 62 Calvo pushed the lead to 3-0 with a 7-5, 6-1, win over Grunenberger on court four.
Cornell got on the board when the Big Red’s Volfson defeated Adrian Oetzbach, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 2 singles, to make the match score 3-1.
OU sophomore Stefano Tsorotiotis faced his first singles loss of the season when he fell to Pietro Rimondini after three sets, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, on court five, to bring Cornell within a point of OU in the match at 3-2.
No. 106 Jake Van Emburgh clinched the second consecutive match for the Sooners, coming out on top of a three-setter to defeat Kazakov, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, on court three.
“Ferran played great today and got us on the board quickly, and both Jake and Alex beat two really good players,” said Crowell.
When play was halted, Max Stewart was headed to a third set with Cornell’s Hansen. Hansen took the first set, 7-5, before Stewart turned the tables in set two to win it, 6-1, and send court six to a deciding frame.
The Sooners return to the Headington Family Tennis Center Friday to host Baylor in the Big 12 Conference opener at 6 p.m. CT.
Promotions include free pizza, free t-shirts, raffle prizes, face painting and the chance to win an Apple 4K TV.
The contest will be broadcast on Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus.
For updates, follow @OU_MTennis on Twitter.
- #73 Alex Bakshi (OU) def. Alafia Ayeni (Cornell), 7-6 (9-7), 6-3
- David Volfson (Cornell) def. Adrian Oetzbach (OU), 6-3, 6-3 3. #106 Van Emburgh def. Lev Kazakov (Cornell), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
- #62 Ferran Calvo (OU) def. Daniel Grunberger (Cornell), 7-5, 6-1
- Pietro Rimondini (Cornell) def. Stefano Tsorotiotis (OU), 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
- Max Stewart (OU) vs. Jake Hansen (Cornell), 5-7, 6-1, unfinished
1. Alex Bakshi/Jake Van Emburgh (OU) def. Alafia Ayeni and Lev Kazakov (Cornell), 6-2
2. #68 Adrian Oetzbach/ Ferran Calvo (OU) def. David Volfson/ Joseph McAllister (Cornell), 6-4
3. James Davis/Max Stewart (OU) vs. Daniel Grunberger/Jake Hansen (Cornell), 5-4, unfinished
Order of Finish: Doubles: (1, 2); Singles: (1, 4, 2, 5, 3)