Cowboys Fall to No. 24 Golden Hurricane

April 4, 2012

TULSA, Okla. – The No. 74 Oklahoma State men’s tennis suffered a 6-1 defeat to the No. 24 Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Wednesday night at the Case Tennis Center.

The Cowboys record dipped to 7-10 on the season after the loss, while the Golden Hurricane improved to 11-8.

Tulsa opened the dual with a sweep of all three doubles matches, including an 8-4 victory from the No. 4 duo of Clifford Marsland and Ashley Watling against the Cowboy duo of Rifat Biktyakov and Vlad Bondarenko at the No. 1 spot.

The Golden Hurricane then won the first five singles matches, including victories by No. 93 Marsland over Biktyakov at No. 2 and No. 89 Watling against freshman Chris Haworth.

The Cowboys lone victory came at No. 1 singles when Bondarenko scored the upset victory against No. 83 Japie De Klerk. De Klerk took a highly contested first set, 7-6, winning the tie breaker 7-2. Bondarenko evened the match with a 6-4 second set victory and took the victory in a 10-4 super tiebreaker win.

The Cowboys will return to action on April 13 when they take on Texas Tech in Stillwater at 1 p.m.

No. 24 Tulsa 6, No. 74 Oklahoma State 1
April 4, 2012 | Tulsa, Okla. | Case Tennis Center

DOUBLES | Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
1. #4 Ashley Watling/Clifford Marsland (TLS) def. Vlad Bondarenko/Rifat Biktyakov (OSU), 8-4
2. Grant Ive/Alejandro Espejo (TLS) def. Eric West/Chris Haworth (OSU), 8-6
3. Japie De Klerk/Tristan Jackson (TLS) def. Brandon Champagne/Trevor Horstmann (OSU), 8-3

SINGLES | Order of finish: 3, 6, 4*, 5, 2, 1
1. Vlad Bondarenko (OSU) def. #83 Japie De Klerk (TLS) 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 1-0 (10-4)
2. #93 Clifford Marsland (TLS) def. Rifat Biktyakov (OSU) 6-2, 6-4
3. #89 Ashley Watling (TLS) def. Chris Haworth (OSU) 6-1, 6-2
4. Grant Ive (TLS) def. Eric West (OSU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Alejandro Espejo (TLS) def. Trevor Horstmann (OSU) 6-4, 6-1
6. Tristan Jackson (TLS) def. Alejandro Carstens (OSU) 6-1, 6-1



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