OU Dominates No. 21 Florida State
NORMAN – The Oklahoma men’s tennis team put away No. 21 Florida State 4-1 Sunday inside the Headington Family Tennis Center to earn its tenth win of the season and third straight victory over a ranked opponent.
“We put a lot of work in the last couple weeks and that hard work really showed today. I thought our guys got really tough today when it mattered,” said head coach Nick Crowell. “We came out and played a good doubles point and took it to them early on.
That got us momentum going into the singles. I thought Mason and Max did a great job of dominating early on and closing out their opponents and Jake there with the clinching point was really big for us.”
OU (10-3) opened the match with the doubles point then tallied singles wins from Max Stewart, Mason Beiler and Jake Van Emburgh to take down the Seminoles in Crowell’s first match against his previous team as a head coach.
In doubles, Bakshi and Calvo struck first with a 6-3 win over Lucas Poullain and Juan Martin Jalif on court two.
Jake Van Emburgh and Spencer Papa sealed the point when they beat Alex Knaff and Bryn Nahrung 6-4 at the top spot.
When play was halted, Stefano Tsorotiotis and Jochen Bertsch were up 5-3 and just a point away from closing out Chase Wood and Richard Thongoana on court three.
Beiler was the first Sooner off the court in singles, downing Wood 6-3, 6-0 on court five. After tying Wood at 3-all in the first set, the freshman won nine straight games to put the match away. The win was good for Beiler’s third straight.
Max Stewart also picked up his third consecutive win when he defeated Enzo Le Seguillon 6-1, 6-4 to give OU a 3-1 advantage.
Van Emburgh clinched the match in a thriller, outlasting Knaff in a second-set tiebreaker for a 6-2, 7-6 (8) win. Van Emburgh controlled the first set but Knaff took set two to the wire. Van Emburgh prevailed after a wild tiebreaker that saw ties at every point up to 8-all.
Van Emburgh moves to 6-2 on the year with all of his victories in straight sets.
Florida State came away with one singles win when Alex Bakshi fell to No. 63 Lucas Poullain 6-3, 6-3 on court one.
When play was halted, Calvo trailed Richard Thongoana 2-1 in the third set. Calvo gave up the first set 6-2 but fired back to take the second 6-1.
Jochen Bertsch was down 5-3 in the second set with Rana Roop Bhullar on court 4. Bertsch dropped the opening set 6-4.
The Sooners’ win was good for Crowell’s first over Florida State, where he served as associate head coach prior to his time at OU. “I think [Florida State head coach Dwayne Hultquist] is a great coach,” Crowell said. “He’s one of my best friends and today was a tough match. It was good to see both teams competing hard.”
OU is home again to face Memphis on March 8, followed by Charlotte on March 16. The contest with Memphis will be broadcast on Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus.
1. #63 Lucas Poullain (FS) def. Alex Bakshi (OU) 6-3, 6-3
2. Jake Van Emburgh (OU) def. Alex Knaff (FS) 6-2, 7-6 (10-8)
3. Ferran Calvo (OU) vs. Richard Thongoana (FS) 2-6, 6-1, 1-2, unfinished
4. Jochen Bertsch (OU) vs. Rana Roop Bhullar (FS) 4-6, 3-5, unfinished
5. Mason Beiler (OU) def. Chase Wood (FS) 6-3, 6-0
6. Max Stewart (OU) def. Enzo Le Seguillon (FS) 6-1, 6-4
1. Spencer Papa/Jake Van Emburgh (OU) def. Alex Knaff/Bryn Nahrung (FS) 6-4
2. Alex Bakshi/Ferran Calvo (OU) def. Juan Martin Jalif/Lucas Poullain (FS) 6-3
3. Jochen Bertsch/Stefano Tsorotiotis (OU) vs. Chase Wood/Richard Thongoana (FS) 5-3, unfinished
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,1,6,2)