Fourth-ranked Oklahoma delivers first loss of season to No. 1 Ohio State
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma toppled No. 1 Ohio State 4-1 at the Headington Family Tennis Center on Friday night.
The result delivered the biggest win in the Sooners’ men’s tennis (13-1) history and the first loss of the season for the Buckeyes (17-1).
Dane Webb clinched OU’s third singles point in No. 4 singles with a 6-4, 7-5 win against Ohio State’s Kevin Metka for the overall victory.
“We’re playing well and we’ve had some top-10 wins already, but that shows that we can really beat anybody,” Webb said. “It really just gives us confidence, because we knew we had the level but we still haven’t got any of those wins. Once you get one like this then it really shows you that you’re ready.”
Oklahoma jumped to an early lead in all three doubles matches, but didn’t claim the point until facing tiebreakers on two courts.
OU’s Guillermo Alcorta and Axel Alvarez cruised to an 8-4 decision against OSU’s Hunter Callahan and Herkko Pollanen to take the early advantage. Ohio State rallied from two-game deficits to force tiebreakers Nos. 1 and 3 doubles, capturing No. 1 before the Sooners clinched the first point.
The third-rated duo of Metka and Peter Kolbet finished OU’s Webb and Andrew Harris 8-7 (2) while No. 60 Nick Papac and Peerakit Siributwong defended for an 8-7 (3) win versus Ralf Steinbach and Chris Diaz for the first team point.
In No. 3 singles, Oklahoma freshman Andrew Harris dispatched Diaz 6-1, 6-3, before Ohio State claimed its lone point on court No. 5.
Austin Siegel defeated Callahan 6-2, 7-5 and then Webb finished Metka in straight sets for the win versus the nation’s No. 1 team.