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Before the match: Cowboy tennis is handling the adversity

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Mens Tennis OSU vs. Michigan

Emile Hudd and Matej Vocel play their doubles match as the Cowboys play No. 4 Michigan Wolverines on Feb. 21, 2020 at the Greenwood Tennis Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Against the true tests, the Cowboys have been iffy against those opponents, other than that, they’re good.

One of the toughest opponents for the Cowboys, if not the toughest, was No. 6 Texas just recently as they went down 4-1 last Friday at home.

The No. 8 team at the time, USC, took down the Cowboys 4-0 in California.

But playing through the challenges and bouncing back has been a strength for the Cowboys in this shortened season.

“I just want these guys to battle, fight through adversity and play for each other; it’s good to see,” coach Scoville Jenkins said.

The Cowboys have had different pairings throughout the season. With Max Tybar and Mathieu Scaglia getting the start in doubles pairs along with starting in singles.

The pair of Tybar and Scaglia helped the team sweep Omaha, 7-0 last week.

In terms of handling adversity, Jenkins has said he’s felt the changes needed from his prior role to his current one.

“It’s definitely been more work, but it’s been great,” Jenkins said. “Just getting out with the guys on the court and the biggest thing is I’m really picky at practice about how it should be run, about how our attitude should be and about how we should be working.”

Jenkins gives all the thanks to his players for being able to handle the adjustments, but especially his coaching.

“They’ve been handling it pretty well, I can be a pretty demanding person too,” Jenkins said. “Overall, these guys have done really well and they’re very respectful,”

Someone who’s been reliable in singles is Matej Vocel, who’s 5-1 in singles this year.

In singles, Vocel was the lone winner of singles on Friday against Texas, where he defeated Elliott Spizzirri.

With OSU now sitting at No. 26, they need the same energy as they did when they swept Memphis last year, 4-0.

OSU is 4-1 in their last five matches against the No. 22 Tigers, who they play on Tuesday.