Oklahoma State’s men’s tennis team (10-6 overall; 0-0) will be back in action this weekend with two in-state battles. The Cowboys will kick off conference play against the No. 33 Oklahoma Sooners (12-6; 0-0) in Norman on Friday at 6 pm (CST). The squad will return home to play host to No. 32 Tulsa at the Greenwood Tennis Center (11-6; 0-1) on Sunday at 1 pm (CST).
Following the Action
For Friday’s match against Oklahoma, live stats can also be viewed at: https://okla.st/3LjV18u and live video at: https://okla.st/3LzTECN. For Sunday’s match against Tulsa, live stats can be viewed at: https://okla.st/3NA3CWp and live video at: https://okla.st/2XJRbik. For season-long coverage of Oklahoma State Men’s tennis, visit okstate.com and follow @CowboyTennis on Twitter and Instagram.
In the Rankings
Oklahoma State rose to No. 51 in the latest ITA Division I rankings. The Cowboy duo of Tyler Zink and Seb Nothhaft jumped to No. 37 after extending their mark to a perfect 4-0 in doubles play, which includes notching two top-25 takedowns.
Oklahoma State holds a 42-34 all-time record against the Sooners. The Cowboys are looking to round out another successful Bedlam battle following a pair of significant wins during the 2021 season. Last year, Oklahoma State collected its first win against the Sooners since the 2009 season and broke a 12-match losing streak and followed with another 4-2 win in Stillwater to close the season.
The Cowboys lead all-time series with the Golden Hurricane by a 45-15 count. The last meeting between the two programs occurred during the 2021 season with OSU notching a 4-3 victory.
Oklahoma State From A Distance
The Cowboys ran their road winning streak to three in a row after a weekend sweep of Memphis and Tulane in New Orleans, La. After an impressive 4-2 rout of No. 35 Memphis, the Cowboys had a quick turnaround to face off with No 57 Tulane where they also recorded a 4-3 victory. Notably, Oklahoma State’s doubles duo of Tyler Zink and Seb Nothhaft notched their second top-25 takedown of Memphis’ No. 22 David Stevenson and Jeremy Taylor, 7-5. Head coach Dustin Taylor‘s squad also collected its 11th and 12th consecutive doubles point victories of the season in the showings.
The remainder of OSU’s spring slate is filled with a competitive schedule full of opportunities for the new class of Cowboys. OSU began a new chapter in 2021-22 with nine new faces and one veteran that fill the roster. Luke Hammond highlights the new season as the only returner from the 2020-21 season. Hammond leads a class of three freshmen, two sophomores and four juniors. Notably, six of the new faces first-year head coach Dustin Taylor recruited are transfers from Power Five schools.
The biggest storyline has been Tyler Zink, who earned a main draw wild card at the US Open. The two-time All-American finished the 2021 season with a final ITA ranking of No. 8 in doubles at the University of Georgia. Zink also had a run in the ITA All-American Championships as well as individual tournaments throughout his fall campaign. The junior also found himself ranked among the nation’s best by the ITA Preseason ranking at No. 30.
Accompanying Taylor is assistant coach Dane Webb. During his collegiate career at the University of Oklahoma, Webb was a three-time All-American and the most decorated Sooner in the program with a total of 212 wins during his run di lui.
Streak and Trends
Tyler Zink and Seb Nothhaft hold an undefeated 4-0 record in doubles play.
The Cowboys have won the doubles point in the last 12 consecutive matches.
An Oklahoma State Win Would …
Improve OSU’s all-time record to 43-34 against Oklahoma.
Improve OSU’s all-time record to 46-15 against Tulsa.
Give OSU its fourth consecutive road win of the season.
Give head coach Dustin Taylor his 11th and 12th win for his first season at OSU.