The Basics The No. 32 Oklahoma State men's tennis team will put its 20-match Bedlam win streak on the line in Norman Sunday, as the Cowboys take on No. 44 Oklahoma in a non-conference match at the Gregg Wadley Tennis Pavilion at 6 p.m.
20 In a Row Oklahoma State has won 20 consecutive Bedlam matches, with the Cowboys' last loss to the Sooners coming in 1995. Oklahoma State coach James Wadley has led the Cowboys to all 20 wins during the streak and holds a 41-15 career record against Oklahoma.
About the Cowboys The Cowboys are 2-2 on the year. They won their season-opening dual against Memphis, 5-2, before dropping matches against Rice and Texas A&M at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in College Station, Texas. In their latest match against Sacramento State, the Cowboys won 4-3 with the help of a last-match, dual-deciding victory from defending ITA National Player of the Year Oleksandr Nedovyesov at No. 1 singles. The Cowboys return three letterwinners from last year's squad, which finished with a 14-8 record and reached the NCAA Tournament for a school-record seventh consecutive season.
About the Opponent Oklahoma is 3-1 in 2010, winning its latest match against No. 50 Arkansas, 7-0. The Sooners, ranked 44th in the ITA team poll, will face No. 20 Alabama Friday at 6 p.m. in Norman before taking on Oklahoma State Sunday. In addition to the team ranking, Oklahoma's Andrei Daescu, Ionut Beleleu and Costin Paval are ranked in the ITA singles rankings at No. 10, 59 and 69, respectively. Oklahoma State is 42-24 all time against the Sooners.
All About Oleksandr Oklahoma State senior Oleksandr Nedovyesov has already left his mark as one of the best athletes in the history of the Cowboy tennis program. Nedovyesov was named the 2009 ITA Player of the Year and has been the No. 1-ranked singles player for much of his career. Nedovyesov holds a 3-1 record at No. 1 singles this year, while he finished the 2009 fall campaign with a 12-3 record, winning the ITA Central Regional Championships.
Cowboys in the Rankings Oklahoma State finished the 2009 season ranked No. 25 in the final ITA team rankings, which is where it opened the 2010 season. In the fifth edition of the 2010 team rankings, the Cowboys rank No. 32. In addition to the high team ranking, Oleksandr Nedovyesov and Anton Bobytskyi are ranked in the ITA singles rankings at No. 15 and 44, respectively, while Nedovyesov and Aleksey Bessonov are the 15th-ranked doubles pair and Bobytskyi and Eric West are the 39th-ranked tandem in the ITA poll.
Up Next After the Cowboys take on the Sooners, they will have travel to Louisville, Ky., to face Western Michigan Feb. 26 and Louisville Feb. 27.
On the Win Streak and Facing Oklahoma "Playing OU, whether there's a streak or not, is always a tremendous match. A lot of the matches over the streak have come down to the last set and we've probably won a few over that time that we shouldn't have won. They have four returners and we've got three so it should be a good match. They've got their home indoor court advantage, which is the most important advantage you can have. We're looking forward to the challenge though and it will be a great match."
On Oleksandr Nedovyesov "He is the highest-ranked ATP player we have ever recruited," Wadley said. "He is an unbelievable talent. He has solid strokes in every area. As the defending player of the year, it will be difficult for him this season. Everyone is going to be gunning and going after him. He knows that, and he needs to rise to the challenge. He has risen to the challenge before, and he will again."