STILLWATER, Okla. – The No. 49 Oklahoma State men’s tennis team ended a four-match losing streak Thursday, defeating No. 63 , 5-2, in the 2010 home opener at the DeBois Tennis Complex.
“We’re loving every win,” coach James Wadley said. “This time of the year and with the way we’ve been losing close matches, it’s good to get a win. I think their team was about as good at No. 6 as they were at No. 1. They were solid all the way down.”
The Cowboys, now 7-8 (0-2) in 2010, began the day with a strong doubles performance to take a 1-0 lead.
The No. 16-ranked duo of Oleksandr Nedovyesov and Aleksey Bessonov knocked off UCF’s Marc Rocafort and Blaze Schwartz at No. 1 doubles in the first match finished, followed by another Cowboy win at No. 3 doubles from Maxi Kuhn and Ilija Martinoski.
nearly swept doubles competition, but Eric West and Anton Bobytskyi fell to UCF’s Joe Delinks and Johan Beigart in a tiebreaker, 9-8(1).
Nedovyesov, the 14th-ranked singles player in the country, also got the Cowboys off to a good start in singles play, handling UCF’s Brock Sakey in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, at the No. 1 spot to put up, 2-0.
“I was a little disappointed with the quality of my play today, but the only thing that matters is the result,” Nedovyesov said. “I just need to take care of it and stay focused.”
Following Nedovyesov in order, No. 98 Bobytskyi claimed a, 6-4, 6-2, win over Rocafort at No. 2 singles and Bessonov beat Schwartz in three sets at No. 3 singles to put Oklahoma State on top, 4-0, and solidify the team win.
No. 5 and 6 singles were the next matches to finish, as Cowboys Eric West and Maxi Kuhn, respectively, both lost in three sets.
The last match to finish was OSU’s Martinoski versus UCF’s Claudio Romano on the No. 4 court. Martinoski claimed the first set, 6-3, before a long second set came down to a tiebreaker.
After a hard-fought competition, Martinoski won the set, 7-6(6), to earn the win and bring the final score to 5-2, Oklahoma State.
“That was a good match,” Wadley said. “There were a lot of winners hit and there weren’t as many errors as in some of the other matches. Both sides were hitting pretty well and finally Ilija hit his backhand good there at the end and the other guy shanked one so that was the match.”
resumes competition Saturday, facing No. 37 Nebraska at 3 p.m. in Lincoln, Neb. It will be the Cowboys’ third Big 12 match of the year.
No. 49 Oklahoma State 5, No. 63 2
April 1, 2010 – DeBois Tennis Complex – Stillwater, Okla.
No. 1 – #16 Oleksandr Nedovyesov/Aleksey Bessonov () def. Marc Rocafort/Blaze Schwartz (), 8-5
No. 2 – Joe Delinks/Johan Beigart () def. Eric West/Anton Bobytskyi (), 9-8(1)
No. 3 – Maxi Kuhn/Ilija Martinoski () def. Brock Sakey/Claudio Romano (), 8-4
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2
No. 1 – #14 Oleksandr Nedovyesov () def. Brock Sakey (), 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 – #98 Anton Bobytskyi () def. Marc Rocafort (), 6-4, 6-2
No. 3 – Aleksey Bessonov () def. Blaze Schwartz (), 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
No. 4 – Ilija Martinoski () def. Claudio Romano (), 6-3, 7-6(6)
No. 5 – Johan Beigart () def. Eric West (), 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
No. 6 – Nino Hasandedic () def. Maxi Kuhn (), 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3*, 5, 6, 4