Homestand Concludes with Charlotte
NORMAN – The Oklahoma men’s tennis team wraps up its homestand Saturday at 1 p.m. CT against Charlotte.
No. 21 Oklahoma enters the matchup at 11-3 on the season and has won its last four matches. All of those wins have come over ranked opponents in No. 49 Kentucky, No. 45 Tulsa, No. 21 Florida State and No. 50 Memphis.
Two Sooners have split time at the top spot in singles. Spencer Papa is 4-2 on the season and is ranked No. 62 in the latest ITA singles release. Alex Bakshi is No. 67 nationally with a 6-3 overall record and four wins over ranked opponents.
As a team, OU checked in to this week’s Tennis Channel/USTA College Tennis Top 25 at No. 15.
Three OU players are tied for the most singles wins with seven. Ferran Calvo and Jake Van Emburgh both own 7-2 records while freshman Mason Beiler is 7-1 with a 5-0 mark at the No. 5 line.
In doubles, Van Emburgh and Papa lead the Sooners with an 8-3 mark at the top spot.
Home Sweet Headington
Nine of OU’s 11 wins this season have come at the Headington Family Tennis Center. The team has recorded six shutouts in 2019, all at home. Oklahoma also has not lost a match in Norman since falling to Notre Dame in January, OU’s lone home loss all year.
The 49ers enter the match at 7-7 on the season. In its last contest, Charlotte pulled off a 4-3 upset of then-No. 23 Penn at home. The team will face No. 23 Oklahoma State in Stillwater Friday before heading south to Norman.
Luca Keist leads the 49ers from the No. 1 line in singles, where he has compiled an 8-6 record. Keist, No. 84, is also Charlotte’s representative in the ITA singles rankings.
In doubles, Keist and Constandinos Christoforou are No. 26 nationally with a 9-3 mark at the No. 1 line. The duo has earned three wins over ranked opponents this season.
Saturday will mark OU’s first-ever meeting with Charlotte.
First serve is set for 1 p.m. CT. Weather permitting, the match will be played outdoors. Live stats will be available for the contest.
Saturday is kids day at the Headington Family Tennis Center. Free face painting, balloon animals and post-match autographs will be available for fans.
OU Athletics has introduced a clear bag policy and walk-through metal detectors at all home events this season. More information on the policy and procedures can be found here.
Admission to the Headington Family Tennis Center is always free.
OU is on the road for a pair of matches. The Sooners will face Texas A&M in a midweek matchup on Tuesday at 6 p.m., followed by a trip to North Carolina Friday at 3 p.m. CT.
Oklahoma returns to the Headington Family Tennis Center on March 24 to host South Florida in the final non-conference match of the season.