Tsorotiotis, Bakshi Conclude NCAA Run
ORLANDO – Alex Bakshi and Stefano Tsorotiotis of the Oklahoma men’s tennis team saw their seasons come to an end Tuesday in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships.
In singles action, Bakshi fell to TCU’s Alex Rybakov after a three-set battle, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the round of 32.
“Alex battled today against another really good player, it came down to a couple points that didn’t go our way,” said OU head coach Nick Crowell. “I’m very proud of Alex and the career he had at Oklahoma. He is a great Sooner!”
Bakshi and Rybakov traded games in the first set, tying at every game up to 3-all. Bakshi claimed the first break of the match to take a 4-3 lead, then won the next two games to close out the set. No. 3 overall seed Rybakov took the second stanza to force a third and ultimately won the contest.
Bakshi finishes his career with a 36-15 record in two years at Oklahoma. After joining the Sooners as a transfer from Texas A&M, Bakshi garnered the 2018 Big 12 Newcomer and Player of the Year awards in addition to being named the 2018 ITA Central Region Player to Watch.
The Tblisi, Georgia, native earned four All-Big 12 selections after being tabbed to the singles first team and doubles second team in 2018, as well as the singles and doubles second teams as a senior in 2019.
Bakshi is one of just five OU players to make multiple trips to the NCAA Singles Championships.
Bakshi and Tsorotiotis fell to Wichita State’s Murkel Dellien and Marius Frosa in the doubles round of 32. The Sooners’ duo dropped to the Shockers 6-1, 6-4.
“Things didn’t go our way today in doubles, but these two Sooners should be proud of the season they had,” Crowell said. “They knocked off four top 10 doubles teams in three weeks and established themselves very quickly as one of the best teams in the Big 12 and the nation.”
Bakshi and Tsorotiotis conclude the year with seven wins as a pair. They took out five ranked opponents with three of those in the top five nationally. The #Sooners’ duo rose as high as No. 25 in ITA doubles release.
Oklahoma will return to the court in August for the fall tournament slate. A schedule will be announced at a later time.