Feb. 7, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The men's tennis team (4-2) will host two matches this weekend against the Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-0) and the No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners (4-0). The match against Oklahoma State will take place on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT, while the match versus Oklahoma is slated for Sunday at 11 a.m. CT. Both matches will be played at the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility.
There are several promotions in place for the tennis season, with both matches this weekend included. Saturday is Big Al's Kids' Club Day that will include Big Al being on site for photo as well as a post-match hit-around with the Alabama players. On Sunday, Hampton Inn will provide a complimentary breakfast for all fans in attendance.
Alabama returns home after playing the last two weeks on the road in California and Texas. The Tide is 3-0 thus far in Tuscaloosa after having swept its tripleheader on Jan. 18. Sophomore Becker O'Shaughnessey leads Alabama in singles wins during the dual match season thus far, posting a 4-1 record from the No. 2 spot. As a team, the Tide has won the doubles point in four of the six matches.
Oklahoma State is coming off one of its biggest wins in years, knocking off No. 6 Tennessee, 4-2, to remain undefeated. The Cowboys are also off to their best start since 1998, and jumped 21 spots in the ITA team rankings this week, coming in just outside the top 25. Leading the way on court one in singles for Oklahoma State is junior Jakob Sude, who is 2-0, with two matches left unfinished, while the doubles team of senior Matt Campbell and Sude also stand at 2-0 from the top position.
Oklahoma has been ranked in the top 10 all season long and continues to climb with each week. The Sooners have only given up one point all season long, which came in a 4-1 win against Virginia Tech at ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Oklahoma is loaded with nationally-ranked talent, including the No. 5 and No. 6 singles players in senior Guillermo Alcorta and sophomore Axel Alvarez Llamas. The Sooners also have two doubles teams in the top 25, with the duos of freshman Andrew Harris and junior Dane Webb currently ranked No. 18, and the team of junior Nick Papac and Alvarez Llamas ranked No. 25.
Alabama is 0-1 all-time versus Oklahoma State, however the two teams have not met since the 1982 season. The Tide leads the series with Oklahoma, 3-1, with the last meeting coming in 2010.
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