NORMAN – The No. 13 Oklahoma men’s tennis team picked up two sweeps Sunday, defeating Creighton 4-0 before putting away Omaha 7-0 at the Headington Family Tennis Center.
“I thought today was a good day for us,” said head coach Nick Crowell. “It started early against Creighton. I felt like today we started establishing our doubles a little more, playing the way we want to play, hitting the shots we want to hit, moving the way we want to move, and the chemistry looked a lot better.”
With its two wins Sunday, Oklahoma improves to 4-0 on the season.
No. 13 OU 4, Creighton 3
The Sooners made quick work of the Bluejays to grab the opening point. On court two, Alex Bakshi and Stefano Tsorotiotis rolled past Armando Gandini and Joe Hoff, 6-1.
Spencer Papa and Jake Van Emburgh closed out the doubles point for the Sooners with a 6-3 victory over Stratton Brown and Mac Mease at the top spot. The Sooners took a 3-0 lead before Brown and Mease got on the board.
When play was halted, Max Stewart and newcomer Rafa Izquierdo were tied with Creighton’s Nick Campbell and Daniel Lopez-Rey 3-3.
In singles action, OU got wins on courts four, five and six to capture the match.
At the No. 4 line, Tsorotiotis dominated for a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Jose Oscar Diaz. Diaz won the opening game in the first set, but the Sooner took control from there and did not trail again the rest of the match.
On court five, Izquierdo gave up just two games in his first singles match for OU, defeating Mease 6-2, 6-0.
Also in his OU debut, freshman Matt Rodriguez clinched the match for the Sooners at the No. 6 line, 6-1, 6-4.
When the match was abandoned, Van Emburgh led Campbell 2-0 in the second set on court one. Van Emburgh outlasted Campbell in a first set tiebreaker, 7-6 (7) to overcome a 4-1 deficit earlier in the set.
On court two, Bakshi was locked in at 1-all in the second set with Crieghton’s Brown. In the first set, Bakshi fired off six straight games take the set 7-5 after trailing 5-1.
Bertsch was just a game away from closing out Gandini at the No. 3 line. The Sooner powered through the first frame, 6-1, and led 5-3 when the match was clinched.
No. 13 OU 7, Omaha 0
OU captured the opening point against Omaha. Mason Beiler and Bertsch got things started on court five, where they defeated Omaha’s Ethan Henry and Matt Dunn, 6-2.
At the top spot, Papa and Van Emburgh took down Razvan Grigorescu and Davis Lawley, 6-3. The match was tied at every point until 3-3, where the Sooners took control to snag the set.
When play was suspended, Bakshi and Tsorotiotis led Omaha’s Abdoul Ouattara and Nathan Reekie 5-2 on court two.
In singles, Beiler made quick work of Dunn on court five, rolling to a 6-1, 6-1 victory. At the No. 2 line, Bakshi also got a dominant win, besting Grigorescu 6-1, 6-2.
Max Stewart made his singles debut for the Sooners and picked up a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Hugo Piles Ballester on court six.
Papa held on to win at the top spot, defeating Ouattara 6-4, 7-6 (4). The first set that saw ties at every game up to 4-all before Papa held on to win the last two games to close out the set. Omaha’s Ouattara fired back to send the second frame to a tiebreaker, but Papa pulled out a gritty win.
At the No. 3 line, Bertsch took down Lawley. The Sooner commanded the first frame for a 6-2 win before Lawley forced a tiebreaker in the second. Bertsch held on to win it 7-6 (4).
Izquierdo completed the sweep for OU when he held on to defeat Omaha’s Nathan Reekie on court four, 7-6 (4), 7-5, good for his second win of the day.
“We threw him in and got him a couple of wins here early on,” said Crowell of Izquierdo, who joined the Sooners this month. “I think it’s really going to help him with his confidence moving forward.”
The Sooners are set to host ITA Kickoff Weekend Jan. 26-27. Top-seeded OU will face Drake in the first round on Jan . 26 at 11 a.m. CT, while Notre Dame and Vanderbilt square off on the other side of the bracket at 2 p.m. The winners of the two matches will play in the championship, set for 1 p.m. on Jan. 27, with a trip to the ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championships (held Feb. 15-18 in Chicago, Ill.) on the line. The consolation match will be played at 10 a.m.
No. 13 OU 4, Creighton 0
1. Jake Van Emburgh (OU) vs. Nick Campbell (CU) 7-6 (9-7), 2-0, unfinished
2. Alex Bakshi (OU) vs. Stratton Brown (CU) 7-5, 1-1, unfinished
3. Jochen Bertsch (OU) vs. Armando Gandini (CU) 6-1, 5-3, unfinished
4. Stefano Tsorotiotis (OU) def. Jose Oscar Diaz (CU) 6-3, 6-1
5. Rafa Izquierdo (OU) def. Mac Mease (CU) 6-2, 6-0
6. Matt Rodriguez (OU) def. Daniel Lopez-Rey (CU) 6-1, 6-4
1. Spencer Papa/Jake Van Emburgh (OU) def. Mac Mease/Stratton Brown (CU) 6-3
2. Stefano Tsorotiotis/Alex Bakshi (OU) def. Armando Gandini/Joe Hoff (CU) 6-1
3. Rafa Izquierdo/Max Stewart (OU) vs. Nick Campbell/Daniel Lopez-Rey (CU) 3-3, unfinished
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,4,6)
No. 13 OU 7, Omaha 0
1. Spencer Papa (OU) def. Abdoul Ouattara (OMAHA) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
2. Alex Bakshi (OU) def. Razvan Grigorescu (OMAHA) 6-1, 6-2
3. Jochen Bertsch (OU) def. Davis Lawley (OMAHA) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
4. Rafa Izquierdo (OU) def. Nathan Reekie (OMAHA) 7-6 (7-4), 7-5
5. Mason Beiler (OU) def. Matt Dunn (OMAHA) 6-1, 6-1
6. Max Stewart (OU) def. Hugo Piles Ballester (OMAHA) 6-3, 6-2
1. Spencer Papa/Jake Van Emburgh (OU) def. Razvan Grigorescu/Davis Lawley (OMAHA) 6-3
2. Alex Bakshi/Stefano Tsorotiotis (OU) vs. Abdoul Ouattara/Nathan Reekie (OMAHA) 5-2, unfinished
3. Mason Beiler/Jochen Bertsch (OU) def. Matt Dunn/Ethan Henry (OMAHA) 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (5,2,6,1,3,4)