Sooners Set for NCAA Tournament
The No. 14 Sooners enter the tournament at 19-5 overall and 3-2 in Big 12 conference action. Dating back to 2009, the program is 13-2 in the opening two rounds, all coming at the Headington Family Tennis Center, with the Sooners advancing to the round of 16 in five straight seasons.
Oklahoma got off to a hot start this season, picking up six straight wins at home before the team suffered its first loss of the season to then-No. 16 Illinois. OU got back on track, winning another six straight before falling to No. 3 UCLA in a tough one in Westwood. The Sooners opened conference play with dominant wins over No. 19 Baylor and No. 29 Texas Tech before suffering losses at No. 9 TCU and No. 19 Texas. OU finished the regular season in statement fashion, notching a 4-3 win at rival and then-No. 14 Oklahoma State before heading into the conference tournament, where the team advanced to the second round.
OU defended home court, posting a 13-1 record at the Headington Family Tennis Center. The Sooners went 3-3 on the road and 3-1 in neutral contests.
No. 30 Alex Bakshi leads the Sooners from the No. 1 line. Recently named both the Big 12 Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, Bakshi compiled a 14-2 overall record with going 4-0 in league play, with all of those victories over ranked opponents. The junior has won his last seven matches.
Jake Van Emburgh has tallied the most singles wins of any Sooner with a 15-3 mark on the season. The Belleair Beach, Fla., native was tabbed Big 12 Freshman of the Year.
Ferran Calvo is 9-5 on the season, good for a ranking of 63 in the latest ITA release.
In doubles, Van Emburgh and Bakshi have compiled a 3-4 record at the top spot.
The No. 43 Utes come into the tournament at 19-9 on the year and 2-6 in Pac-12 Conference play, making their first NCAA appearance since 1997. Utah went 17-2 in non-conference play and ranked as high as No. 24 in the nation after winning its first two Pac-12 matches for the first time since joining the conference in 2012.
In singles, Dan Little has compiled a 17-6 record on the season between courts one and two and is the Utes' representative in the ITA rankings, checkin in at No. 101.
David Micevski is 15-7 overall, also at the No. 1 and 2 spots. Santiago Sierra leads the team in singles wins with a record of 18-4, playing primarily at three and four in the lineup.
Randy Cory and Russell Benkaim own a 13-7 mark in doubles, playing on all three courts. Little and Azat Hankuliyev are 12-3 on the year, also making appearances at every spot in the doubles lineup. The duo of Joe Wolley and Egbert Weverink are 11-7 on courts one and two.