NORMAN, Okla. – Making its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 21 years, the Utah men’s tennis team was beaten this afternoon by No. 14 Oklahoma, 4-0.
“Congratulations to Oklahoma on the win today and for being fantastic hosts,” head coach Roeland Brateanu said. “We competed like lions today and made it a match but came up a little short against a very good Sooner team. We learned what it was like to be back on the big stage and will take these valuable experiences into next season.”
Utah dropped the doubles point and entered singles play trailing on the scoreboard, 1-0. Russell Benkaim and Randy Cory pushed the top Oklahoma pair, Alex Bakshi and Jake van Emburgh, ranked No. 44 in the country, before falling, 6-4.
Those two Sooners cruised to victories on courts one and two in singles play and gave the hosts a commanding 3-0 lead in the match.
Meanwhile, Egbert Weverink and Cory both won their second singles sets by identical 6-3 scores to force final frames. Unfortunately, neither Ute was able to see it out as the match ended with the Sooners sealing a fourth point on court six.
Utah went 17-2 in non-conference play and ranked as high as No. 24 in the nation after winning its first two Pac-12 matches for the first time since joining the conference in 2012
No. 14 Oklahoma 4, Utah 0
Alex Bakshi def. Dan Little, 6-2, 6-2
Jake van Emburgh def. David Micevski, 6-1, 6-3
Santiago Sierra vs. Ferran Calvo, unf.
Egbert Weverink vs. Adrian Oetzbach, unf.
Randy Cory vs. Jochen Bertsch, unf.
Stefano Tsorotiotis def. Slava Shainyan, 6-1, 7-6
Order of finish: 2,1,6