STILLWATER, Okla. – The No. 17 Oklahoma men’s tennis team took down No. 14 Oklahoma State in a 4-3, come-from-behind victory in Stillwater on Saturday. The Sooners trailed 3-0 early, but rallied to win four straight singles matches to secure the victory.
OU has now won 11 straight Bedlam, a streak that dates back to 2009.
"Today was just a great college tennis match. Our guys competed so hard and came up huge on so many big points," said head coach Nick Crowell. "We never panicked, especially being down 3-0. It was really big coming out of the doubles and winning four first sets. OSU came back in second sets and really pushed us by taking three second sets, but our guys stayed poised and hit their shots at the end of the matches when it was time to win."
With the win, OU closes out the regular season at 18-4 overall and 3-2 in Big 12 play. Oklahoma State moves to 20-7 with a 2-3 mark in league matches.
The Sooners took OSU to the wire in doubles with all three courts culminating in tiebreakers, but it was Oklahoma State that prevailed.
No. 57 Alex Bakshi and Jake Van Emburgh gave the Cowboys’ No. 77 Artur Dubinski and Leftherios Theodorou all they could handle at the top spot, but fell, 7-6 (4).
OU’s Ferran Calvo and Stefano Tsorotiotis went the distance with No. 88 Jurence Mendoza and Luke Hammond, but were defeated, 7-6 (1), as OSU took the point.
When play was abandoned, Adrian Oetzbach and Jochen Bertsch trailed OSU’s Brady Draheim and Mathieu Scaglia, 5-1, in a breaker.
The Cowboys took a 3-0 lead in the match before the Sooners got on the board.
OU's Oetzbach was defeated by Scaglia, 6-2, 6-4, to give the Cowboys a 2-0 advantage, and Stewart fell to OSU's Hammond, 7-6 (1), 6-3, at the No. 5 spot to put the Sooners down 3-0.
No. 59 Calvo struck first for OU, defeating Mendoza in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5, from the No. 4 line. The junior won the first set handily, but trailed 4-1 in the second frame before he rallied to capture the court and keep the Sooners alive.
No. 35 Bakshi brought OU trimmed the deficit to 3-2 when he took down No. 92 Dubinski, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, on court one. The win was his sixth straight and his fourth consecutive victory over a ranked opponent.
Tsorotiotis tied the match at 3-3 after taking a thriller on court six, beating OSU’s Theodorou, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (4). In the third set, Tsorotiotis and Theodorou traded games to force a tiebreaker, which Tsorotiotis dominated to once again keep the Sooners in the match.
The contest came down to court two, where Van Emburgh clinched the victory with a 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-2, win over Tristan Meraut. Van Emburgh dominated the first set before Meraut came back to win the second after an extended tiebreaker. The Sooners’ freshman gave up just two games in the deciding frame to capture the match for OU for the fourth time this season.
"That's only the second match this year in our conference won by the road team, which tells you how hard it is to win," Crowell said. "To do it coming back from 3-0 down really shows the heart of this team."
Up next, OU will compete in the 2018 Big 12 Tennis Championships, held in Austin, Texas. The Sooners await their seed, which will be announced Sunday evening. The first round is slated to begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 27.
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- #35 Alex Bakshi (OU) def. #92 Artur Dubinski (OKST) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
- #117 Jake van Emburgh (OU) def. Tristan Meraut (OKST) 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-2
- Mathieu Scaglia (OKST) def. Adrian Oetzbach (OU) 6-2, 6-4
- #59 Ferran Calvo (OU) def. Jurence Mendoza (OKST) 6-4, 7-5
- Luke Hammond (OKST) def. Max Stewart (OU) 7-6 (7-1), 6-3
- Stefano Tsorotiotis (OU) def. Leftherios Theodorou (OKST) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4)
- #77 Artur Dubinski/Leftherios Theodorou (OKST) def. #57 Alex Bakshi/Jake van Emburgh (OU) 7-6 (7-4)
- #88 Jurence Mendoza/Luke Hammond (OKST) def. Ferran Calvo/Stefano Tsorotiotis (OU) 7-6 (7-1)
- Adrian Oetzbach/Jochen Bertsch (OU) vs. Brady Draheim/Mathieu Scaglia (OKST) 6-6 (5-1), unfinished
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (3,5,4,1,6,2)