Pepperdine edges No. 20 Oklahoma
Tearney comes back in deciding match to lift Waves to victory
NORMAN, Okla. -- A gutsy singles performance by No. 13 Pepperdine sent the Waves past No. 20 Oklahoma 4-3 on Sunday. Tied 3-3, Finn Tearney rebounded from a first-set loss to win and put the fourth point on the board for Pepperdine.
Although the Sooners (4-2) struck first and won the doubles point, Tearney and Alex Llompart added another win against a top-15 ranked doubles tandem to their list of accomplishments this season. The Wave duo, ranked No. 53 in the ITA collegiate doubles rankings, downed No. 11 Dane Webb and Costin Paval 8-6.
Pepperdine (6-6) handed in one of its best performances in singles this season, winning four of the six contests to win the dual. The Waves quickly put a point on the scoreboard after Jenson Turner nearly shut out David Pultr 6-1, 6-0.
Sebastian Fanselow handed in an equally dominating performance, topping No. 5 Paval 6-0, 6-3. Fanselow, currently sitting at No. 31 in the singles rankings, has had his fair share of success against top-10 ranked singles players having upset No. 2 Alex Domijan of Virginia in the first round of the NCAA tournament last season.
Oklahoma regained the lead 3-2 with wins on courts five and three, but senior captain Llompart disposed of Peerakit Siributwong 6-3, 6-4 to knot the team score at three.
The fate of the match rested on the shoulders of Tearney, who had dropped the first set to Tsvetan Mihov 6-3, and was down 3-4 in the second frame at the time of Llompart’s win.
The junior stepped up to the challenge and took set two 7-5 to force a third set. Tearney earned an early break to take a 3-0 lead, but Mihov was able to fight back within one game at 4-3. The Wave closed out the match winning the next two games to put the match away 6-3 and secure the team win for Pepperdine.