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Men’s Tennis Closes Out ITA Regional

TULSA, Okla. – The Oklahoma men’s tennis team concluded the ITA Central Region Championships Sunday with sophomore Jake Van Emburgh making a run to the singles quarterfinals.

Van Emburgh received a first-round bye before he tallied a 6-2, 6-2, rout of Drake’s Ben Clark, followed by a win over Victor Moreno of Nebraska, 7-5, 6-1. The sophomore outlasted Iowa’s Will Davies in a round of 16 thriller, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4), to earn a spot in the quarterfinals. 

Freshman Mason Beiler made a run to the round of 16. Beiler was also given a bye in the first round, then went on to defeat Nejc Sitar (North Dakota), 6-2, 7-5, in the round of 64. The freshman took down Arkansas’ Oscar Mesquida, 6-4, 7-5, before his run came to an end in the round of 16.

Elsewhere in singles, Max Stewart won a pair of matches to advance to the round of 32. The sophomore bested Drake’s Finley Hall, 6-2, 7-5, in the opening round, and Lukas Buth (North Dakota), 6-1, 1-0, ret.

Alex Bakshi ended the tournament in the round of 32, picking up a win over Omaha’s Davis Lawley, 6-3, 6-1, following a first-round bye. Ferran Calvo’s run also came to an end in the round of 32, after he defeated Will Gleason (Nebraska) in a three-setter, 6-7, 6-1, 6-1, in the round of 64.

Stefano Tsorotiotis and Taine Bernhard notched first-round wins, with Bernhard taking down Justin Nogalski (St. Louis), 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, and Tsorotiotis defeating Ethan Henry of Omaha, 6-0, 6-1.

In doubles, two teams made runs to the quarterfinals. Bertsch and Stewart advanced by virtue of an opening round win over Gleason and Moreno (Nebraska), 8-6, followed by an 8-4 victory over Eddie Stoica and Marius Frosa of Wichita State. The duo defeated Iowa’s Kareem Allaf and Jonas Larsen, 8-4, in the round of 16 to reach the quarterfinal, where their run was ended by the eventual champions Emile Hudd and Maxim Tybar (Oklahoma State), 8-3.

Calvo and Van Emburgh’s path to the quarterfinal was marked by wins over Koncz and Russo (Oral Roberts), 8-3; and Jason Kerst and Piotr Smietana of Iowa, 8-4.

The freshman duo of Beiler and Matt Rodriguez picked up a win over Oral Roberts’ Leardini and Sprouse, 8-5, in their first match together.

Results from the ITA Central Region Championships have been updated below.

The Sooners return to action next week at the Birmingham Futures. For updates, follow @OU_MTennis on Twitter or like Oklahoma Men’s Tennis on Facebook.


Round of 128
Max Stewart (OU) def. Finley Hall (Drake), 6-2, 7-5
Taine Bernhard (OU) def. Justin Nogalski (SLU), 2-6, 6 -2, 6-4
Stefano Tsorotiotis (OU) def. Ethan Henry (Omaha), 6-0, 6-1
Adam Sanjurjo (Arkansas) def. Matt Rodriguez (OU), 7-6, 6-3

Round of 64
Alex Bakshi (OU) def. Davis Lawley (Omaha), 6-3, 6-1
Jake Van Emburgh (OU) def. Ben Clark (Drake), 6-2, 6-2
Max Stewart (OU) def. Lukas Buth (North Dakota), 6-1, 1-0, ret.
Jochen Bertsch (OU) vs. Barny Thorold (Drake), 6-4, 6-2
Mason Beiler (OU) def. Nejc Sitar (North Dakota), 6-2, 7-5
Ferran Calvo (OU) def. Will Gleason (Nebraska), 6-7, 6-1, 6-1
Vinny Gillespie (Drake) def. Taine Bernhard (OU), 6-2, 6-2
Marius Frosa (Wichita State) def. Stefano Tsorotiotis (OU), 6-4, 6-3

Round of 32
Jake Van Emburgh (OU) def. Victor Moreno (Nebraska), 7-5, 6-1
Mason Beiler (OU) def. Oscar Mesquida (Arkansas), 6-4, 7-5
Razvan Grigorescu (Omaha) def. Max Stewart (OU), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Oliver Okonkwo (Iowa) def. Jochen Bertsch (OU), 7-6, 3-6, 6-2
Murkel Dellien (Wichita State) def. Ferran Calvo (OU), 6-4, 5-5, def.
Jackson Allen (Minnesota) def. Alex Bakshi (OU), 6-4, 6-4

Round of 16
Jake Van Emburgh def. Will Davies (Iowa), 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4)
Stefan Milicevic (Minnesota) def. Mason Beiler (OU), 7-6 (8), 6-4

Jackson Allen (Minnesota) def. Jake Van Emburgh (OU), walkover

Round of 64

Bertsch/Stewart (OU) def. Gleason/Moreno (Nebraska), 8-6

Round of 32
Bertsch/Stewart (OU) def. Frosa/Stoica (Wichita State), 8-4
Beiler/Rodriguez (OU) def. Leardini/Sprouse (ORU), 8-5
Calvo/Van Emburgh (OU) def. Koncz/Russo (ORU), 8-3
Kandem/Thelwall-Jones (Tulsa) def. Bakshi/Tsorotiotis, 8-4

Round of 16
Calvo/Van Emburgh (OU) def. Kerst/Smietana (Iowa), 8-6
Bertsch/Stewart (OU) def. Allaf/Larsen (Iowa), 8-4
Dubinski/Vocel (Oklahoma State) def. Beiler/Rodriguez (OU), 8-4

Gillespie/Thorold (Drake) def. Calvo/Van Emburgh (OU), walkover
Hudd/Tybar (Oklahoma State) def. Bertsch/Stewart (OU), 8-3

Matthew Rodriguez (OU) def. Oscar Pachon (SLU) 6-3, 6-2
Matthew Rodriguez (OU) def. Kaleb Dobbs (Minnesota), 6-3, 6-4
Matthew Rodriguez (OU) def. Finley Hall (Drake), 6-2, 6-2
Alex Bakshi (OU) def. Kody Pearson (Tulsa), 6-4, 0-6, 10-8
Justin Levin (Minn) def. Stefano Tsorotiotis (OU), 6-2, 6-0
Joe Tyler (Iowa) def. Taine Bernhard (OU), 6-3, 7-5
Ben Clark (Drake) def. Taine Bernhard (OU), 6-1, 6-4




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