Texas men’s tennis heads to Big 12 Championship Final after 4-1 win over Oklahoma State

Ross Fisher

The No. 2 Texas men’s tennis team advanced to the Big 12 Championship Final after beating No. 18 Oklahoma State 4-1 in the semifinals on Sunday evening.

The Longhorns showed tremendous perseverance, as they won four straight singles matches after dropping the doubles point. The four singles wins were enough to clinch the dual match over the Cowboys at Hurd Tennis Center in Waco.

After Texas lost 6-2 at No. 2 doubles, they bounced back and won 6-4 at No. 3 to set up a decisive match at No. 1. Texas sophomores Eliot Spizzirri and Siem Woldeab dropped the No. 1 match in a 6-8 tiebreaker, ceding the doubles point to the Cowboys.

Texas got off to a decent start in singles play, picking up three of six first sets. But they needed to do better if they were to overturn the 1-0 deficit. They brought the dual match score to 1-1 after No. 85 Woldeab won 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3 singles against Oklahoma State senior Henrik Korsgaard.

Shortly after Woldeab, freshman Micah Braswell put Texas up 2-1 after he won his match at No. 2 in straight sets. No. 39 Braswell beat Oklahoma State junior Emile Hudd 6-3, 6-2 in a rematch from earlier this month when the two went to a decisive third set tiebreak in Big 12 regular season play.

The third Longhorn to win their first set, sophomore Cleeve Harper, also took care of business in straight sets. After winning his first set 6-3, No. 109 Harper defeated senior Mathieu Scaglia in a 7-2 tiebreaker to pick up a win at No. 4 and extend the Texas advantage to 3-1.

After wins at No. 2, 3 and 4 singles, Texas needed just one victory in either of the three matches that headed to a third set.

The clinching win came from the racket of sophomore Evin McDonald, after he pulled ahead at the end to beat Oklahoma State freshman Matisse Bobichon 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Much like the women’s Big 12 Championship, the Texas men will face No. 3 Baylor for the fourth time this season on Monday afternoon in Waco.