No. 15 OU to Host Wichita State, Drake
NORMAN – The Oklahoma men’s tennis team is home to host a pair of matches this weekend, beginning with Wichita State on Thursday at 5 p.m. followed by Drake Saturday at 1 p.m.
No. 15 Oklahoma enters the match at 10-1 on the season and has won its last four matches.
In its last match, OU rolled past Kentucky, 6-1, at the Headington Family Tennis Center. The Sooners grabbed the doubles point after a thriller, with Jochen Bertsch and Adrian Oetzbach winning 7-6 (9) in the No. 3 slot with the point on the line. In singles action, Alex Bakshi, Ferran Calvo, Jake Van Emburgh, Bertsch and Max Stewart all picked up wins en route to the Sooners’ dominant victory over the Wildcats.
In singles play, Bakshi leads the Sooners from the No. 1 line, and is 7-1 on the year. The junior is No. 91 in the latest ITA rankings. Fellow junior Ferran Calvo is ranked No. 40 nationally and owns a record of 3-3.
Van Emburgh is 7-1 on the year from court four and is riding a six-match winning streak. The freshman has defeated ranked opponents in his last two matches and entered the ITA singles rankings himself this week, coming in at No. 85.
Bertsch remains undefeated at 9-0 from the No. 5 line.
In doubles play, Calvo and Van Emburgh are 6-1 in the top spot. Bakshi and James Davis are 4-2 on the year at No. 2 doubles.
Scouting Wichita State
The Shockers are 6-5 on the year and come into Thursday’s contest riding a five-match winning streak.
In its last weekend of competition, Wichita State won the Mountain Pacific Tournament held in Albuquerque, N. M., when it took down Grand Canyon, 4-2. The Shockers also picked up wins over host and then-No. 46 New Mexico (4-2) and swept swept San Francisco (4-0) to set up a match in the final.
Haru Inoue leads the Shockers from the top spot in singles play with a 5-4 slate. Murkel Dellien has compiled a 7-3 record from the no. 2 and 3 lines, and has won his last seven consecutive matches. Hiroslav Herzan is 8-3 on courts four, five and six.
Dellien and Marius Frosa are No. 76 in the latest ITA release with a 5-2 mark at No. 1 doubles.
The Sooners last met the Shockers on February 10, 2017, when then-No. 14 OU came out on top, 6-1, at the Headington Family Tennis Center.
Drake enters Saturday’s matchup at 11-7 overall with a 3-0 slate in Summit League play. The Bulldogs are No. 46 in the latest ITA release.
In its last competition, Drake dropped a tight match to Purdue, 4-3, on the road.
In singles action, Tom Hands leads Drake with a record of 11-4 from the No. 1 and 2 slots. Vinnie Gillespie is 9-7 on court one, and Ben Clark has compiled a 10-4 record on courts three and four.
Gillespie and Barny Thorold are 9-4 in the top spot in doubles play. Finley Hall and Ben Wood own a 7-3 mark on courts one and two.
The Bulldogs are 0-3 against ranked opponents this season.
Free pizza will be provided for fans in attendance at Thursday’s match with Wichita State.
First serve against Wichita State is set for 5 p.m. CT on Thursday. Saturday’s clash with Drake begins at 1 p.m. CT.
Weather permitting, matches will be played outdoors.
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