Cowboy Tennis Dominates SMU, 6-1

Dallas, Texas – Oklahoma State’s men’s tennis team earned its first road win of the season in dominating fashion after defeating No. 39 SMU, 6-1, on Friday evening at the Styslinger/Altec Tennis Complex.

With the win, the Cowboys improved to 8-6 on the year and also recorded their first road win of the season. Notably, OSU impressively notched its tenth consecutive doubles point victory in the matchup.

The Cowboys took the advantage early on the Mustangs after a competitive doubles matchup. Tyler Zink and Seb Nothhaft took the court to Adam Neff and Ivan Thamma, where the tandem took flight to OSU’s first doubles victory of the night, 6-3. SMU’s Julian Steinhausen and Huntley Allen answered back for the Mustangs on court three to OSU’s Leighton Allen and Fran Pini, 6-3. The point rested on court two, where Max Verboven and Alex Garcia were able to combat, dropping the first two games, 2-0 and were able to make an impressive rally and clear the tiebreak to clinch the point, 7-6(4).

The Cowboys followed their impressive doubles play with an impressive showing in singles play. SMU’s sole point from the matchup came from Liam Krall when he bested Seb Nothhaft on court three, 6-3, 6-1.

Tyler Zink started fast and never looked back to quickly rout SMU’s Adam Neff. The Cowboy dealt a straight-set 6-4, 6-4 loss to the Mustang to mark OSU’s first singles point victory of the night.

next up, Alex Garcia followed suit and took the court to Caleb Chakravarthi. The Cowboy wasted no time securing the opening set, 7-5. But, Chakravarthi answered back, sweeping the second set, 6-0. Garcia regained momentum to prevail and closeout court two, 6-3 in impressive fashion to give OSU a 3-1 overall advantage.

Leighton Allen showed out and put on a thrilling performance on court five to Ivan Thamma. Impressively, Allen was able to record four straight games in the opening set. The sophomore was able to close out a crucial first set victory, 7-6(4). Momentum rolled into the second set, where Allen prevailed to down Thamma, 7-5.

Although the match was decided, the remaining courts played out.

Fran Pini was downed in his opening set by Julian Steinhausen on court six. The freshman was able to top a back-and-forth second set and third set to complete OSU’s fourth consecutive singles point of the night, 6-2, 6-4

Max Verboven and Pranav Kumar were an evenly matched pair the entirety of the dual on court four. Verboven came out swinging, remaining dominant to the Mustang, 6-4. Kumar regained momentum to claim the second, 7-6(5). Surpass closed out the night cruising to a tiebreak win, 7-6(2).

The Cowboys continue their road test as they head New Orleans to face Memphis on March 19 and Tulane on March 20.

Singles competition

1. Tyler Zink (OSU) def. Adam Neff (SMU) 6-4, 6-4

2. Alex Garcia (OSU) def. Caleb Chakravarthi (SMU) 7-5, 0-6, 6-3

3. Liam Krall (SMU) def. Sebastian Nothhaft (OSU) 6-3, 6-1

4. Maxim Verboven (OSU) def. Pranav Kumar (SMU) 6-4, 6-7, 7-6

5. Leighton Allen (OSU) def. Ivan Thamma (SMU) 7-6, 7-5

6. Francisco Pinic (OSU) def. Julian Steinhausen (SMU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

Doubles competition

1. Tyler ZinkSebastian Nothhaft (OSU) def. Adam Neff/Ivan Thamma (SMU) 6-3

2. Alex GarciaMaxim Verboven (OSU) def. Pranav Kumar/Liam Krall (SMU) 7-6

3. Julian Steinhausen/Huntley Allen (SMU) def. Leighton AllenFrancisco Pinic (OSU) 6-3

Match Notes

Oklahoma State 7-6

SMU 8-3; National ranking #39

Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3.1,2.5,6.4)

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