College tennis: OU men blank Harvard, advance to Sweet 16

Oklahoma State was eliminated by top-ranked Southern Cal.
From Staff Reports Published: May 11, 2014
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The Oklahoma men’s tennis team advanced to the Sweet 16 for a second consecutive season.

Second-seeded OU improved to 25-3 after its 4-0 victory over Harvard on Sunday afternoon in the NCAA Division I Tennis Championships’ second-round match at the Gregg Wadley Indoor Pavilion in Norman.

The Sooners will play Kentucky at 3 p.m. Friday in Athens, Ga.

Harvard (18-7) had a chance at avoiding a shutout as its doubles team of Sebastien Beltrame and Christo Schultz lost to Alex Ghilea and Nick Papac 8-7. But it took a 22-point tiebreaker before the Sooners won when Papac returned an 11-10 serve wide of Schultz’s reach to clinch the winning point.

Ghilea, Guillermo Alcorta, Axel Alvarez, Dane Webb, Andrew Harris and Austin Siegel all won singles matches for the Sooners, who won for the 100th time during fifth-year coach John Roddick’s tenure.

TROJANS ELIMINATE OSU

Top-ranked USC advanced to the Sweet 16 Sunday with a 4-1 victory over No. 29 Oklahoma State at Marks Stadium in Los Angeles.

OSU (22-8) had a singles win from Nicolai Ferrigno and doubles victory from Lucas Gerch and Sebastian Sachs.

Although the No. 14-ranked duo of Arjun Kadhe and Jakob Sude lost Sunday to the Trojans’ No. 1-ranked Yannick Hanfmann and Ray Sarmiento, the OSU pair will advance to the doubles championships portion of the national tournament in Athens, Ga.