NORMAN – The Oklahoma men’s tennis team fell to No. 7 USC, 4-1 on Saturday in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Challenge presented by Oracle in Indian Wells, Calif.
Head coach Nick Crowell and his squad advanced to round two through a comeback win, defeating Tulsa 4-3 on Friday. The Trojans, seeded No. 4 in the field, took the doubles point with victories at lines one and two over the Sooners,
Freshman Jochen Bertsch continued performing at a high level for his team, winning in straight sets at No. 4 singles 6-4, 6-4, to move to 12-2 in singles in 2017.
Oklahoma put up a fight at the other singles spots, but USC powered through at the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 6 spots to earn the 4-1 win and advance to the tournament finals.
The Sooners, still guaranteed a third match in the event, will be in action on Sunday at 4 p.m. CT in the third-place match against the No. 1 seed Cal. The Golden Bears fell to Baylor on Saturday, 4-0.
Following Sunday’s tilt, OU will be back in Norman to begin Big 12 play on Friday, March 31, for a showdown with Texas at 6 p.m. CT. The Sooners will again be in action at the Headington Family Tennis Center on Sunday at 2 p.m. CT. As always for regular season matches, admission for all fans is free.
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