Sooners Continue Big 12 Play at TCU, Texas
NORMAN – The No. 14 Oklahoma men’s tennis team heads to Texas for a two-match road swing at No. 9 TCU Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT and No. 19 Texas Sunday at 4 p.m. CT.
The Sooners enter the matchup at 17-2, 2-0 Big 12. In its last weekend of competition, OU downed then-No. 19 Baylor, 4-2, and No. 29 Texas Tech, 4-1, both in Norman. Oklahoma is riding a five-match winning streak, beating three ranked opponents in that stretch.
OU landed three players in this week’s ITA singles release: Alex Bakshi is No. 45, up 40 spots from the last rankings; Ferran Calvo checks in at No. 75 and Jake Van Emburgh is No. 123.
Bakshi leads OU from the No. 1 spot in singles with an overall record of 11-2. The junior has won his last four matches straight, and was named Big 12 Player of the Week for the second consecutive week after taking down three ranked opponents in singles and doubles action against Baylor and Texas Tech.
Van Emburgh leads the Sooners in singles wins at 13-2 on the year between courts three and four and rides a five-match winning streak.
In doubles, Van Emburgh and Bakshi entered the ITA rankings this week at No. 40 with an overall record of 2-2 in the top spot. Calvo and Adrian Oetzbach are 5-3 on the year on courts one and two, good for a ranking of 61.
TCU comes into Friday’s contest at 14-3, 1-0 Big 12. In their last match, the Horned Frogs beat then-No. 20 Texas, 4-2, in Austin.
In singles, Alex Rybakov is the highest-ranked player in the Big 12 Conference, checking in at No. 17 with an 11-2 overall record. Rybakov has a record of 9-2 on court one, playing ranked opponents in all of those matches.
Alastiar Gray was tabbed No. 48 in the latest ITA release and owns a record of 5-5 on courts two, three and four. Trevor Johnson is 11-3 overall, good for a ranking of 70. Johnson has compiled a record of 9-1 from the No. 2 line, and is 5-3 against ranked opponents this season.
No. 83 Guillermo Nuñez leads TCU in singles wins with a record of 14-2, including an 8-0 mark on court three.
In doubles, Nuñez and Rybakov are No. 6 nationally with a record of 9-2, playing primarily at the one slot. No. 63 Bertus Kruger and Reese Stalder lead the Horned Frogs in doubles wins after amassing an 11-4 record between courts two and three.
The last time the Sooners met TCU was in the 2017 Big 12 Men’s Tennis Championships semifinal, where the Horned Frogs prevailed, 4-1.
OU leads the all-time series with TCU, 23-13, and is 6-4 against the Horned Frogs in the past 10 contests.
The Longhorns enter Sunday’s Red River matchup at 12-5, 0-1 Big 12. Texas fell to TCU, 4-2, in Austin in the opening weekend of Big 12 competition.
Ranked No. 60 in the latest ITA singles release, Yuya Ito leads Texas in wins with a record of 12-4, playing primarily in the top spot.
Chrisitan Sisgaard is the only other Longhorn with wins in double figures, with a 10-2 slate, including a 7-2 mark at No. 2.
Leonardo Telles is No. 77 at 8-6 overall with a 7-3 mark on court four. Harrison Scott has compiled a 9-4 record on courts one, two and three, good for a ranking of 92. Rodrigo Banzer is No. 110 nationally with a record of 8-4 in the lower half of the lineup.
In doubles action, Banzer and Telles are Texas’ representatives in the ITA rankings, checking in at No. 7 with a record of 4-7 in the one spot.
The last meeting between OU and Texas was in the opening round of the 2017 Big 12 Men's Tennis Championships. The Sooners came out on top of a 4-3 thriller behind Alex Ghilea’s three-set victory that clinched the match for OU.
Texas owns the all-time series, 35-14, but the Sooners have won eight of the last 10 meetings between the teams.
The Texas match kicks off at 4 p.m. CT. The contest will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network, and live stats will be available.
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