STILLWATER, Okla. – The No. 46 Oklahoma State men’s tennis team’s record fell to 7-10 Wednesday, as the Cowboys dropped their match against No. 21 Oklahoma, 6-1, at the DeBois Tennis Complex.
“I had hoped we would play better,” coach James Wadley said. “We didn’t play as well as I thought we could and there are no excuses. It just didn’t happen. OU played really well and won some tight matches and we just didn’t play as well.”
The highlight for the Cowboys, now 0-4 in conference play, came from No. 14 Oleksandr Nedovyesov, who took care of Oklahoma’s No. 23 Andrei Daescu in straight sets at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-3, to score OSU’s only team point.
The match began with doubles play, where the Sooners claimed wins in all three matches to go up, 1-0, entering singles competition.
OU’s George Chanturia defeated Maxi Kuhn at No. 6 singles in the first match finished, followed by Nedovyesov’s win to make the score 2-1, Oklahoma.
The Cowboys then lost the No. 3 match and would need to win all three remaining matches at No. 2, 4 and 5 singles in order to earn a team victory.
was down a set in all three remaining matches, but Anton Bobytskyi, Ilija Martinoski and Eric West battled back to claim a second set win in each of their matches and keep the Cowboys’ hopes for a win alive.
After a hard-fought, back-and-forth third set, Eric West fell to Oklahoma’s Lawrence Formentera at the No. 5 spot and the Sooners got the deciding fourth team point in the match.
“Eric played hard,” Wadley said. “He lost the first set and came back and won the second. He got up in the third and had about three or four match points and just couldn’t close him out. That’s what you’ve got to be able to do when you have the opportunity. It was credit to (Formentera). He played hard and came back and won the match.”
Martinoski and Bobytskyi both played hard for a chance to win at the No. 5 and 2 lines, respectively, but neither was able to pull out a win, making the final score 6-1, Oklahoma.
The Cowboys resume play April 14, traveling to Tulsa to take on the Golden Hurricane at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
No. 21 Oklahoma 6, No. 46 Oklahoma State 1
April 7, 2010 – DeBois Tennis Complex – Stillwater, Okla.
No. 1 – #47 Andrei Daescu/Costin Paval (OU) def. #16 Oleksandr Nedovyesov/Aleksey Bessonov (), 8-7(5)
No. 2 – Ionut Beleleu/David Pultr (OU) def. Eric West/Anton Bobytskyi (), 9-7
No. 3 – Blake Boswell/Lawrence Formentera (OU) def. Maxi Kuhn/Ilija Martinoski (), 8-4
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1
No. 1 – #14 Oleksandr Nedovyesov () def. #23 Andrei Daescu (OU), 6-4, 6-3
No. 2 – #54 Ionut Beleleu (OU) def. #98 Anton Bobytskyi (), 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(4)
No. 3 – #64 Costin Paval def. Aleksey Bessonov (), 6-2, 7-6(4)
No. 4 – David Pultr (OU) def. Ilija Martinoski (), 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-2
No. 5 – Lawrence Formentera (OU) def. Eric West (), 6-1, 5-7, 7-5
No. 6 – George Chanturia def. Maxi Kuhn (), 6-2, 6-2
Order of finish: 6, 1, 3, 5*, 4, 2