Feb. 8, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
In its closest match of the season from top to bottom, the Alabama men's tennis team was outlasted by Oklahoma State, 4-0, on Saturday at the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility. With the loss, the Crimson Tide dips to 4-3, while the win lifts the Cowboys to 7-0.
In the 15 sets combined across doubles and singles that finished, six were played out in a tiebreaker, including two in doubles to decide who won the first point of the match.
Alabama senior Daniil Proskura and freshman Nikko Madregallejo picked up an early break to help them secure a 6-4 victory at the top spot, but from there it was anyone's point to win. On court two, Tide sophomore Becker O'Shaughnessey and freshman Sean Donohue found themselves down 4-0 to Oklahoma State senior Brady Bohrnstedt and freshman Arjun Kadhe, but battled back to win five-straight games. The Cowboy duo would tie it up at 5-5 and eventually win the tiebreaker, 7-4, leaving the doubles point up to the winner of court three.
The matchup on court three went back and forth throughout, which continued into a tiebreaker that lasted what seemed like as long as the rest of the match. Oklahoma's duo of senior Matt Campbell and freshman Lucas Gerch gained the early edge and were first to see a match point opportunity, but that was quickly halted by Alabama juniors Stuart Kenyon and Andrew Goodwin. From there, the match saw seven more ties with the final coming at 12-12 as Campbell and Gerch would go on to win 14-12 to award the Cowboys the first point.
In singles, Kadhe kept the momentum going for Oklahoma State as he posted a 6-4, 6-3 victory on court three over Madregallejo. The matchup on court six was next to finish, which went in favor of Cowboy junior Chris Haworth, 6-5(5), 6-3, over Goodwin. The team victory was then clinched on court four as Gerch edged out Kenyon, 6-5(4), 6-5(4), for the fourth, and final, point, as the remaining matches would go unfinished.
Alabama has a quick break before returning to the courts on Sunday where it will face No. 7 Oklahoma at 11 a.m. CT.
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