NORMAN, Okla. — A comeback win by Dane Webb clinched No. 2 Oklahoma’s 4-3 victory of No. 10 Duke Saturday afternoon in San Diego, Calif.
Webb cruised to 6-1 first set win, but dropped the second 1-6. Despite falling behind, the junior battled to win the tiebreak set 6-3 over Bruno Semenzato.
“Dane did a great job of regaining his composure in the third set,” head coach John Roddick said. “He did a tremendous job of making adjustments in his third set today.”
Playing in the No. 1 spot, Axel Alvarez won the first singles point for OU, ousting Michael Redlicki in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.
Alvarez’s doubles partner, Guillermo Alcorta, followed suit, defeating Jason Tahir 6-4, 6-4, putting OU up 3-2.
Oklahoma secured the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and 3 positions.
In the No. 1 position, Webb and Andrew Harris won six straight games, beating Hemmeler and Saba 8-3.
Nick Papac and Peerakit Siributwong topped Levine and Pura 8-5, in the No. 3 spot.
“We fought hard against Duke,” Roddick said. “We were able to compete for the win, but we definitely have some things to improve on. I was really proud of our effort late in the match. I give Duke a ton of credit, they played really tough and had chances to win it.”
Up next, Roddick’s squad continues their stint in California Sunday, March 16, against the University of San Diego.
No. 2 Oklahoma 4, No. 10 Duke 3
1. Harris/Webb (OU) def. Hemmeler/Saba (DU) 8-3
2. Alcorta/Alvarez (OU) vs. Semenzato/Tahir, dnf
3. Papac/Siributwong (OU) def. Levine/Pura (DU) 8-5
Order of finish: 1, 3
1. Axel Alvarez (OU) def. Michael Redlicki (DU) 6-4, 6-2
2. Guillermo Alcorta (OU) def. Jason Tahir (DU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Fred Saba (DU) def. Andrew Harris (OU) 6-1, 6-2
4. Dane Webb (OU) def. Bruno Semenzato (DU) 6-1, 1-6, 6-3
5. Raphael Hemmeler (DU) def. Nick Papac (OU) 6-2, 6-3
6. Josh Levine (DU) def. Austin Siegel (OU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
Order of finish: 3,5,1,2,4*,5