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Hudd picks up Cowboys' lone singles point in Bedlam defeat

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Emile Hudd prepares to serve during the No. 27 Oklahoma State vs. No. 17 Oklahoma Big 12 Conference tennis game at Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman on Friday, March 29, 2019.

NORMAN, Okla. - On a night where the Cowboys struggled, Emile Hudd stepped up and delivered the Oklahoma State men’s tennis team's lone point in a 6-1 defeat to Oklahoma on Friday.

The Cowboys competed in Norman against their in-state rivals to begin conference play in front of an estimated 100 people.

OSU failed to snap its 11 match losing streak to the No. 17 Sooners in the process.

Emile Hudd kept the No. 27 Cowboys from being swept, with a straight set victory on Court 5 against Jochen Bertsch 7-5, 6-3.

Hudd, a freshman from London, has delivered in the big moments all season for the Cowboys (13-7, 0-1 Big 12).

The freshman has only lost two singles matches this season.

Hudd talked about the mindset he had throughout the match.

“You’ve got to accept that the conditions are tough, it’s windy, it’s night, the crowd is against you.” Hudd said. “You’ve just got to accept it and enjoy the battle, enjoy being up against it, get comfortable being uncomfortable and go from there.”

Hudd's singles match was not the only competitive game he was involved in during Bedlam.

Hudd and teammate Matej Vocel competed in the deciding match of doubles play. They lost in heartbreaking fashion to OU’s Jake Van Emburgh and Ferran Calvo on tiebreak 7-6 (8-6).

The doubles point swung momentum in the Sooners' favor. OU used its momentum throughout the singles matches.

Hudd reflected on his first match with Vocel in doubles.                 

“To have it be so close and then lose it in the tiebreak, it’s a real pain,” Hudd said. “We fought hard, it was our first match together and there are a lot of positives to take away and hopefully next time we are able to close it out.        

Associate coach Scoville Jenkins explained what their mindset was after losing the competitive doubles point.               

“Any time you lose a doubles point like that, it’s going to hit you in the gut a little bit,” Jenkins said. “As coaches, we talked to them after and told them ‘Hey, you guys did a great job in the doubles, like we’ve got to come out here ready to play’ and they just weren’t ready.”

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