NORMAN – The No. 16 Oklahoma men’s tennis opened Big 12 play with a win, downing rival and No. 19 Baylor, 4-2, Friday at the Headington Family Tennis Center.
The Sooners dropped the doubles point for the first time in six matches, but surged back in singles to claim the victory over Baylor in front of a raucous home crowd.
With the victory, OU improves to 16-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play. Baylor falls to 17-4 and 0-1 in Big 12 play.
“Our guys came to play. Our guys came to compete. The crowd came to cheer – it was awesome,” said head coach Nick Crowell. “As we started to gain momentum in the match, you could feel the energy starting to rise form the crowd, from our guys, and I felt like our guys really dug in their heels again this tonight and just really pulled it out.
“We trusted our shots ... I feel like that was the biggest thing for us tonight. We trusted the work that we put in. We’ve been working really hard for these matches and tonight the guys really trusted what they were doing.”
In doubles action, Jake Van Emburgh and Ferran Calvo shut out the No. 3 duo in the nation, taking down Baylor’s Will Little and Johannes Schretter, 6-0, on court one.
James Davis and Max Stewart fell to the Bears’ Sven Lah and Roy Smith on court three, 6-2, suffering their first loss as a pair.
OU’s No. 62-ranked duo of Adrian Oetzbach and Ferran Calvo were defeated by No. 48 Constantin Frantzen and Akos Kotorman, 6-2, and the Bears took the opening point.
No. 84 Bakshi put the Sooners on the board with a quick victory on court one, handling No. 44 Schretter, 6-1, 6-3. Bakshi controlled the first set, but traded games with Schretter early in the second before tying it at 3-3. Bakshi won the next three consecutive games to close out the court and tie the match.
Baylor regained the lead after the Bears’ Frantzen defeated Stewart, 6-2, 6-4, from the No. 5 line.
A matter of minutes later, the Sooners’ freshman Stefano Tsorotiotis rolled to a straight-set win to tie the match again at 2-2. The Libertyville, Ill., native held on to beat Baylor's Roy Smith, 6-3, 7-5. Tsorotiotis trailed 5-2 in the second frame before powering back to win five straight games and seal court six for OU.
Van Emburgh extended the Sooners’ lead to 3-2 with a 7-6 (7), 6-2, victory over Baylor's Matias Soto on court three. The freshman led the first frame 4-0 before Soto battled back to force a tiebreaker. Both players traded points throughout the tiebreaker until Van Emburgh fittingly put the set away with an ace. In the second frame, Van Emburgh trailed 2-0 before winning the next six games to push into OU in the lead.
Oetzbach clinched the match for the Sooners, coming out on top of a three-setter with Baylor's No. 67 Bjoern Petersen, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2. The sophomore won the first set handily before Petersen forced a deciding third set. Oetzbach won the final frame handily to claim the match for Oklahoma. With his win, Oetzbach has now clinched four matches for Oklahoma this season, the most of any member of the team.
When play was halted, No. 60 Calvo was just a game away from closing out Baylor’s Will Little, up 5-4 in the second set. Calvo won the first set after a battle, securing a thrilling tiebreaker, 7-6 (7).
The Sooners return to action Sunday to host No. 29 Texas Tech at 11:30 a.m CT in its final regular season home match of 2018. The team will honor senior Mason Bridegan prior to the match.
The contest will be broadcast on Fox Sports Oklahoma. Admission is free.
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- #85 Alex Bakshi (OU) def. #44 Johannes Schretter (BU) 6-1, 6-3
- Adrian Oetzbach (OU) def. #67 Bjoern Petersen (BU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
- #105 Jake van Emburgh (OU) def. Matias Soto (BU) 7-6 (7), 6-2
- #60 Ferran Calvo (OU) vs. Will Little (BU) 7-6 (7), 5-4, unfinished
- Constantin Frantzen (BU) def. Max Stewart (OU) 6-2, 6-4
- Stefano Tsorotiotis (OU) def. Roy Smith (BU) 6-3, 7-5
- Alex Bakshi/Jake van Emburgh (OU) def. #3 Will Little/Johannes Schretter (BU) 6-0
- #48 Constantin Frantzen/Akos Kotorman (BU) def. #62 Ferran Calvo/Adrian Oetzbach (OU) 6-2
- Sven Lah/Roy Smith (BU) def. James Davis/Max Stewart (OU) 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,5,6,3,2)