Oklahoma upsets Texas A&M, 4-3, at College MatchDay.
Brian Ormiston and Christina Aguis | February 24, 2018
Oklahoma delivered an exhilarating 4-3 win over Texas A&M in a top-25 men’s showdown for College MatchDay at the USTA National Campus on Feb. 24.
Airing live on Tennis Channel, the No. 22 Sooners (9-1) stunned the No. 5 Aggies (7-3), marking the third upset in four College MatchDay matches this year. On Feb. 3, the unranked Florida State women toppled No. 3 Florida, 4-1, while the No. 22 FSU men defeated No. 8 Florida, 4-3.
“College tennis always has crazy matches,” Oklahoma head coach Nick Crowell said. “You have to come in every day and just play hard, fight hard. The guys have to be committed to the fight all day. We did that today. I think we have to play better doubles. Texas A&M played really well in doubles today. But I’m just super proud of how our guys played on all six courts.
“This place is amazing. The atmosphere is unreal. What the USTA and Tennis Channel are doing, this is what college tennis is all about and I hope it continues.”
The Aggies broke out to a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point, only to witness the Sooners claim straight-set wins at the No. 1, 5 and 6 singles positions.
With Oklahoma leading 3-1, the level of tennis grew even more with the final three singles matches. Texas A&M bounced back to earn tight straight-set wins at No. 2 and 3, forcing all eyes on the No. 4 position.
After dropping the first set to Valentin Vacherot, Florida native Jake Van Emburgh squeaked out a second-set tiebreaker to force a third and deciding set. The competitors held serve until Van Emburgh broke at 5-5. On his first match point, he came through with a massive serve that Vacherot could not return. With the 1-6, 7-6, 7-5 win, the OU dogpile was on, as well as two Gatorade showers.
College MatchDay returns on Saturday, March 3, with the hometown UCF Knights squaring off against Michigan in both men’s and women’s action. First serve at the USTA National Campus and on Tennis Channel is slated for 12:30 p.m. ET.
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No. 22 Oklahoma 4, No. 5 Texas A&M 3
No. 1 Patrick Kypson / Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Alex Bakshi / Jake Van Emburgh (OU) 6-4
No. 2 Juan Carlos Aguilar / Jordi Arconada (TAMU) vs. Adrian Oetzbach / Max Stewart (OU) 6-5
No. 3 Valentin Vacherot / AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) def. Ferran Calvo / James Davis (OU) 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 3
No. 1 Alex Bakshi (OU) def. Patrick Kypson (TAMU) 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Adrian Oetzbach (OU) 6-3, 7-6
No. 3 Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. Ferran Calvo (OU) 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 Jake Van Emburgh (OU) def. Valentin Vacherot (TAMU) 1-6, 7-6, 7-5
No. 5 Jochen Bertsch (OU) def. Juan Carlos Aguilar (TAMU) 6-2, 6-1
No. 6 Max Stewart (OU) def. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 6-1, 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 5, 6, 3, 2, 4
2018 College MatchDay
Feb. 3 – Florida 3, Florida State 4 (Men)
Feb. 3 – Florida 1, Florida State 4 (Women)
Feb. 9 – Georgia 4, Georgia Tech 0 (Men)
Feb. 24 – Oklahoma 4, Texas A&M 3 (Men)
March 3 – UCF vs. Michigan (Men) – 12:30 p.m.
March 3 – UCF vs. Michigan (Women) – 12:30 p.m.
April 1 – Florida vs. Texas (Women) – 5 p.m.
April 15 – UCF vs. South Florida (Men) – 5:30 p.m.
*All Times Eastern and Subject to Change