NORMAN, Okla. — The Alabama men’s tennis team lost a 5-2 decision to 14th-ranked Oklahoma on Sunday at the Headington Family Tennis Center. The Crimson Tide falls to an overall 5-4 record, while the Sooners improve to 7-1.
The Sooners’ 42nd-ranked doubles pair Andrew Harris and Spencer Papa claimed the first doubles win of the contest in a 6-3 decision on court one over sophomores Mazen Osama and Spencer Richey. Alabama’s freshmen Alexey Nesterov and Zhe Zhou fell short to Alex Ghilea and Florin Bragusi in a 6-3 decision on court two, as Oklahoma took a 1-0 match lead headed into singles play.
Freshman Edson Ortiz (No. 4) registered the Tide’s first singles win of the contest, as he defeated Adrian Oetzbach in straight sets, 7-6, 6-3, trimming Oklahoma’s match lead to 4-1. The Sooners extended the match lead to 5-1, as Ghilea notched the Tide’s 82nd-ranked singles player Thibault Cancel (No. 2) in straight sets, 7-6, 6-4. Alabama’s 92nd-ranked singles player Osama (No. 1) went on to top Oklahoma’s 27th-ranked Harris in a three-set thriller, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, resulting in the final match score.
The Tide will be back in action on Feb. 24, when it travels to Montgomery, Ala., to compete in the annual Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic two-day event.