Sooners Bounce Roos, 4-0
NORMAN – The No. 16 Oklahoma men's tennis team rolled past UMKC Saturday at the Headington Family Tennis Center, shutting out the Roos, 4-0.
With the win, OU improves to 13-2 on the year, while UMKC moves to 5-8 overall. The Sooners' sweep of UMKC was the team's fifth shutout of the season.
"I thought we got off to a really good start in doubles," said head coach Nick Crowell. "We were 5-1 up on all three courts – we put them away pretty quickly. I felt like UMKC came out and played really good early on – they really got up on us on a few courts in the first sets, but then we battled back and got a few first sets on the board midway through we kind of pulled ahead."
The Sooners opened the match with the doubles point, courtesy of wins on courts one and two.
Jake Van Emburgh and Stefano Tsorotiotis started things off, putting away Tom Kruse and Diego Giraldo, 6-2, at No. 2 doubles. The win was the pair's first.
No. 68 Ferran Calvo and Adrian Oetzbach made quick work of No. 76 Airam Castellano and Alex Pozo, winning 6-2 to seal the opening point for the Sooners.
When play was halted, freshmen James Davis and Max Stewart were just a point away from a winning court three, leading 5-1.
In singles action, Bridegan struck first, giving up just one game en route to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Anil Patel from the No. 6 line. The win was the senior's first in singles play this season.
“What a bright spot for the day,” said Crowell of Bridegan's dominant victory. “He only dropped one game in two sets and we've challenged him in practice and he's done a really great job. He deserved to play today and it was great to see him get that win.”
No. 106 Van Emburgh defeated Kruse, 6-3, 6-3, on court three. In the first set, Kruse took a 2-0 lead before Van Emburgh won the next four games straight to take the lead and ultimately close out the frame.
Tsorotiotis clinched the match for Oklahoma when he took down UMKC's Hunter Clark, 6-2, 6-3, on court five. Tsorotiotis trailed Clark, 2-0, in the first set before winning six straight games to grab the set. The freshman broke at deuce point to win the second set, 6-3, and claim the match for the Sooners.
The contest marked the freshman's second appearance in the singles lineup this season, and his second win.
When play was abandoned, Oetzbach was battling Airam Castellano in the second set, tied at 2. Castellano took the first frame after a tiebreaker, 7-6 (2), on court one.
No. 62 Calvo was tied with UMKC's Pozo at 5 in set two after winning the first frame handily, 6-2, on court two. At No. 4, Stewart led Giraldo, 2-1 in the second set after dropping the first in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (6).
The Sooners return to action on Monday at 3 p.m. when they host Fresno State. OU will wear green shoelaces and ribbons as part of Athletics Student Life's mental health awareness initiative during the month of March.
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- Adrian Oetzbach (OU) vs. Airam Castellano (UMKC) 6-7 (2-7), 2-2, unfinished
- #62 Ferran Calvo (OU) vs. Alex Pozo (UMKC) 6-2, 5-5, unfinished
- #106 Jake van Emburgh (OU) def. Tom Kruse (UMKC) 6-3, 6-3
- Max Stewart (OU) vs. Diego Giraldo (UMKC) 6-7 (6-8), 2-1, unfinished
- Stefano Tsorotiotis (OU) def. Hunter Clark (UMKC) 6-2, 6-3
- Mason Bridegan (OU) def. Anil Patel (UMKC) 6-1, 6-0
- #68 Ferran Calvo/Adrian Oetzbach (OU) def. #76 Airam Castellano/Alex Pozo (UMKC) 6-2
- Jake van Emburgh/Stefano Tsorotiotis (OU) def. Diego Giraldo/Tom Kruse (UMKC) 6-2
- James Davis/Max Stewart (OU) vs. Hunter Clark/Anil Patel (UMKC) 5-2, unfinished
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,3,5)