Cowboys sweep Lamar to continue strong start to season

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OSU's Matej Vocel looks on during the Oklahoma State vs. No. 1 Texas Big 12 Conference men's tennis match at Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center in Stillwater on Friday, April 12, 2019.

The No. 15  Oklahoma State men’s tennis team was victorious in its home debut defeating Lamar, 7-0, including an impressive performances from Dominink Kellovsky and Matej Vocel.

Vocel had an outstanding singles game by winning his match against Carlos Canal in consecutive 6-0 sweeps. Even though Vocel won in dominating fashion, the highlight of his game was going back and forth with Canal and earning the point in a remarkable effort play that included several hits. 

Vocel said he had the fans in mind while making the play.

“I knew it was like a magic shot,” Vocel said. “I needed to get this and I wanted to do it for the crowd.”

Vocel said he felt confident going into the home opener and the match followed through to be successful. 

“I felt really good, home opener, first match of the year and a lot of fans,” Vocel said. 

Coach Jay Udwadia said he wanted to get all the players more familiar their doubles partners against Lamar.

“We use those same pairs at San Diego State,” Udwadia said. “I just want them to get another set of reps with the same partner.” 

Coach said he liked the team being able to adjust to anything like Hudd not playing at San Diego State. He praised the deep roster as one of the reasons for success.

“We’re just mixing it up, we’re lucky we have ninc great players,” Udwadia said. “Last year we had several players with a lot of injuries.” 

Udawdia said he likes the fire that Kellovsky brings in each and every game and how people don’t have to be experts to see the grit he brings to the game. 

“He’s very explosive,” Udwadia said. “You don’t have to know tennis to know that he’s a good athlete out there. He’s a very hard worker, and when you put in the work, great things will happen.”

With a successful fall season behind his team, Udwadia said he is looking to take the team in the right direction in the spring. 

“We had great success in the fall and I think that can only help with their confidence and the confidence of the team,” Udwadia said. “The improvement has been tremendous with our returners.” 

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