Feb. 6, 2013
STILLWATER, Okla. -
Oklahoma State’s men’s tennis team will return to action on Saturday when it faces off against Tyler Junior College at 1 p.m. The match will be played indoors at Quail Creek Country Club in Oklahoma City due to weather constraints.
Saturday’s match with UMKC has been cancelled.
Oklahoma State (4-2) is coming off a thrilling comeback victory over Nebraska last weekend at the Nebraska Tennis Center. The Tyler Junior College Apaches sit at 0-3 on the season, and are coming off a 7-2 defeat by Trinity. The Cowboys will face Tyler Junior College for the first time in program history.
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The Cowboys currently hold a three-match winning streak, with wins over Western Illinois, Illinois State and Nebraska. With a win on Saturday against Tyler Junior College, Oklahoma State will grasp a four-match winning streak for the first time since a six-match run in 2009.
Much of the Cowboys’ early season success can be attributed to the team’s sizeable amount of international players recruited by Head Coach Jay Udwadia and Assistant Coach Yevgen Bondarchuk. Those internationals include three Cowboy newcomers, who have helped the Cowboys match their best start since 2009.
Oleksiy Arovin (Ukraine): 1-1 singles record at No. 6…3-1 doubles record at No. 3…joined the Cowboys this year after previously playing at Donetsk National University in Ukraine.
Rifat Biktyakov (Uzbekistan): 2-0 singles record at No. 1…2-1 doubles record at No. 1…Recorded match-winning victory against Nebraska…has accumulated a 38-30 overall singles record in four years with Oklahoma State.
Matt Campbell (Australia): 1-4 singles record at Nos. 3, 4 and 5…2-1 doubles record at No. 1…joined OSU after reaching the JUCO national championship with Tyler Junior College in 2011 and 2012.
Denys Pume (Ukraine): 4-2 singles record at Nos. 2, 3 and 4…5-0 doubles record at Nos. 1 and 2.
In five of six matches this season, the Cowboys have gained an early lead by winning each match’s doubles point. After being swept in the season opener by 19th-ranked Tennessee, the Cowboys have won ten straight doubles matches. The biggest contributors to that category are Denys Pume and Richard Del Nunzio, who have achieved an undefeated 4-0 record together in doubles play.
Reversing a Trend
Oklahoma State, coming off a 7-14 year, will look to earn the team’s first winning season since 2009. The squad finished off its fall season with a combined individual singles record of 17-19, highlighted by Biktyakov’s championship run at the Larry Easley Memorial Classic. The Cowboys currently sit at 4-2.