Men's Tennis Shuts Out Memphis 4-0
NORMAN – The Oklahoma men’s tennis team notched is fourth straight win over a ranked opponent in statement fashion, shutting out No. 50 Memphis 4-0 Friday at the Headington Family Tennis Center.
“Tonight was a good match for us because Memphis is a really good team,” said head coach Nick Crowell. “They play really good doubles so we were really focused on improving doubles and we came out and go the doubles point and then we were able to get up on four of the six first sets. That really enabled us to separate as the night went on.”
OU (11-3) opened the match with doubles point then quickly tallied singles wins from Jochen Bertsch, Jake Van Emburgh and Mason Beiler to put away the Tigers.
“[Bertsch] got off really quick and played a great match,” said Crowell. “Mason and Jake, two of our younger players – it’s always great to see those guys getting off the court quick and building momentum going into the rest of the season. Tonight was a fun night and we had a great crowd and I want to thank everyone for coming out.”
In doubles, Van Emburgh and Spencer Papa got things started with a 6-3 win over David Stevenson and Oscar Cutting at the top spot.
On court three, Bertsch and Stefano Tsorotiotis downed Marshall Sullivan and Jeremy Taylor 6-3 to seal the deal.
When play was halted, Alex Bakshi and Ferran Calvo were tied with Matt Story and Turner Vorges at 5-5 on court two.
Bertsch ran past Sydow 6-2, 6-2 on court five, never trailing in the match. The win was good for Bertsch’s sixth this season and his sixth in straight sets.
Van Emburgh notched a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Stevenson on court three for his fifth consecutive victory.
Freshman Beiler clinched his first match, dominating Voges on court six 6-1, 6-2. The Florida native jumped out to a 5-0 lead in set one before putting the frame away, then held Voges to just two games in the second. The win was good for his fourth straight.
When play was halted, No. 62 Papa led No. 123 Patzanovsky in the second set. Papa dropped the first set after a wild tiebreaker 7-6 (10).
No. 67 Bakshi was up 5-4 in the second frame with Story on court two. Bakshi had lost set one 6-2.
Calvo was down 5-4 in his second set with Cutting after taking set one 6-3.
OU will play the final match of its four-match homestand on March 16 when the Sooners host Charlotte.
1. #62 Spencer Papa (OU) vs. #123 Chris Patzanovsky (MEM) 6-7 (10-12), 2-1, unfinished
2. #67 Alex Bakshi (OU) vs. Matt Story (MEM) 2-6, 5-4, unfinished
3. Jake Van Emburgh (OU) def. David Stevenson (MEM) 6-3, 6-4
4. Ferran Calvo (OU) vs. Oscar Cutting (MEM) 6-3, 4-5, unfinished
5. Jochen Bertsch (OU) def. Patrick Sydow (MEM) 6-2, 6-2
6. Mason Beiler (OU) def. Turner Voges (MEM) 6-1, 6-2
1. Spencer Papa/Jake Van Emburgh (OU) def. David Stevenson/Oscar Cutting (MEM) 6-3
2. Ferran Calvo/Alex Bakshi (OU) vs. Matt Story/Turner Voges (MEM) 5-5, unfinished
3. Jochen Bertsch/Stefano Tsorotiotis (OU) def. Marshall Sullivan/Jeremy Taylor (MEM) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,3,6)