WAKE FOREST, N.C. – Junior Alex Bakshi’s run at the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships came to an end Thursday with a second round loss to USC’s Brandon Holt. Bakshi fell to Holt, 6-3, 6-4.
Bakshi, who joined the roster in August as a transfer from Texas A&M, finishes the year at 16-4 overall, tyng freshman Jake Van Emburgh for the team-high in singles wins.
In his first year at Oklahoma, Bakshi quickly worked his way to the top spot in the singles and doubles lineups. The junior concluded Big 12 Conference action with a perfect, 4-0 record at the No. 1 line, with all of those wins over ranked opponents. A native of Tblisi, Georgia, Bakshi was tabbed the league’s Player of the Year as well as Newcomer of the Year, and was named to the singles first team. He also collected All-Big 12 Doubles second team honors with partner Van Emburgh.
Over the course of the season, Bakshi worked his way up from a ranking of No. 108 to his current standing at No. 30. After racking up three combined singles and doubles wins over ranked opponents during the first week of Big 12 play, Bakshi jumped 40 spots in the ITA release from No. 85 to No. 45.
Most recently, Bakshi was named ITA Central Region Player to Watch, an award given to a nationally or regionally ranked player who is anticipated to be one of the top returning regional players the following year.
Bakshi and the Sooners return to action in the fall. The schedule will be announced at a later date.
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