No. 5 Oklahoma earns ninth win of season; Sooners top No. 17 Kentucky
NORMAN, Okla. -- Fifth-ranked Oklahoma earned its ninth win of the season Friday night, topping No. 17 Kentucky 5-2 at the Headington Family Tennis Center.
All of the first four singles points were earned with consecutive set wins.
Junior Dane Webb grabbed the first point for the Sooners, ousting Jerry Lopez 6-2, 6-2
Webb’s doubles partner, Andrew Harris followed with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Beck Pennington.
In the No. 6 spot, senior Peerakit Siributwong defeated Ryuju Hirooka 6-2, 6-0, putting the Sooners up 3-1.
Sophomore Axel Alvarez sealed the Sooner victory with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph against Alejandro Gomez.
Alex Ghilea earned the final singles point of the night, beating Grant Roberts 3-6, 6-3, 1-0(10-7).
“They did everything we asked them to do as far as coming out in singles with energy and playing aggressive and playing to win,” head coach John Roddick said.
No. 2 Southern California 7, UC Santa Barbara 0
No. 2 Southern California 7, UC Davis 0
LOS ANGELES -- Southern California pulled double duty Friday and came through the busy stretch with a pair of victories at Marks Stadium. The Trojans opened the day with a 7-0 sweep of UC Davis and replicated that with another shutout against UC Santa Barbara. The two clean sweeps bump USC's overall record to 9-1 overall.
Against the Aggies in the morning matchup, the Trojans fought off their first foes in doubles with wins at the bottom two spots, opening on an 8-1 victory by Nick Crystal and Jonny Wang. Max de Vroome and Eric Johnson sealed the first point on an 8-5 win, suspending play at the No. 1 spot and bringing up singles action. There, Eric Johnson sprinted to victory first with a 6-1, 6-0 takedown at the No. 3 spot to make it 2-0 Trojans. Nick Crystal would register his first dual-match victory as a Trojan with a 6-1, 6-1 decision that pumped USC up to a 3-0 advantage.
Coming through with the clincher was another USC freshman with his first dual-match win, as Rob Bellamy finished off his opponent with a 6-2, 6-2 win. Making it a 5-0 USC lead was junior Roberto Quiroz at the No. 1 spot with a 6-1, 6-2 decision, followed by Max de Vroome's 6-3, 6-4 win. Wrapping up the clean sweep for the Trojans in match No. 1 of the day was Connor Farren on a 6-3, 7-5 victory at the No. 2 slot.
Soon after, the Trojans would turn around and set up for the second half of their doubleheader, taking on UC Santa Barbara next. USC reloaded for that one, hauling in the doubles point with wins at the top spots this time. On court one, USC's No. 35 Hanfmann/Sarmiento took in the first win, and de Vroome/Johnson followed to put USC up 1-0.
In singles, Rob Bellamy, Max de Vroome and Eric Johnson all checked back in for action, and all three secured their second singles wins of the day. It was Bellamy's 6-2, 6-2 win on court five that sealed the deal on the win, taking the Trojans to a 4-0 lead on the Gauchos as he followed victories from de Vroome and Crystal. USC's Yannick Hanfmann, Ray Sarmiento and Jonny Wang all reported for singles duty in that one, also coming away with wins to finish out the sweep.
No. 8 Texas A&M 6, No. 32 Tulsa 1
TULSA, Okla. -- Texas A&M continued its winning ways with a 6-1 victory against Tulsa at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center Friday evening.
The Aggies (9-3) captured the doubles point with wins from No. 3 Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow and No. 29 Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo. The Tulsa (8-6) doubles tandem of No. 47 Japie De Klerk and Alejandro Espejo outlasted Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant 8-3. The Ore and Withrow duo bested No. 20 Clifford Marsland and Dylan McCoskey 8-5.
The Aggies held on to the momentum capturing the first set on all but one court. Ore raced through a 6-2, 6-2 win on court four against Carlos Bautista and No. 22 Adams defeated No. 74 Marsland 6-4, 6-4 not too long afterwards to put the Aggies ahead 3-0.
Withrow clinched the maroon and white victory on court five ousting McCloskey 6-3, 6-4. Freshman Max Lunkin was victorious on court six over Daniel Santos 6-4, 6-4 followed by A&M’s only defeat on court three of Espejo against No. 25 Efferding.
Rounding out the scoring on the first court was No. 43 Vinsant against No. 106 De Klerk 7-5, 6-3.