For Oklahoma State men’s tennis player Emile Hudd, clinching matches is fimilar to him.
The freshman clichéd the game-winning match, defeating Memphis 4-2 to begin the Cowboy’ doubleheader at Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center on Sunday.
Sophomore Matej Vocel secured the Cowboys’ first point against Memphis’ Chris Patzanovsky in dominate fashion, winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.
After losing the doubles point, the Cowboys won four of the next five matches to grab the victory against the Tigers.
The Cowboys defeated Oral Roberts later in the day.
Victories against Memphis (8-5) and Oral Roberts (2-6) increased the Cowboys' season-high winning streak to 5.
“Practice has been great.” Associate Head Coach Scoville Jenkins said. “It’s been a sense of urgency in everything that we do. We have a few more matches until conference, but we are going into it, into spring break feeling real good.”
The Tigers didn’t go down without a fight. The two game-deciding matches went the distance, resulting in senior Artur Dubinski (6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2) and Hudd (4-6, 6-4, 6-4) emerging victorious. Junior Mathieu Scaglia’s match ended unfinished.
“I just tried to talk to Scoville.” Hudd said. “I tried to keep calm. Just played my game and trusted it. It got me that far and I just focused on my serve, focused on the first ball and just try and close it out.”
OSU quickly defeated Oral Roberts on the backend of the doubleheader. The Cowboys swept the match behind Maxim Tybar, who did not lose a game the entire match. Jenkins was impressed with Tybar’s perfomrance
“Beating someone 6-0, 6-0 is very hard.” Jenkins said. “You have to stay focused especially when deuce is the deciding points. You’ve got to be very focused. For him to be competitive and stay focused like that was pretty impressive."
The Cowboys benefitted from the focus Tybar had throughout the match.
“That was my goal for the match.” Tybar said. “I tried to win all of the games and I achieved my goal. I think that it’s going to help me in the future. When you focus, no matter who you play, no matter what the score is, you just keep playing every single point and that’s what is going to translate.”