Stillwater News Press

April 23, 2014

Cowboys hope for strong showing at Big 12 tourney

By Andrew Glover
Stillwater News Press

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Oklahoma State men’s tennis team hopes to stay awhile when they start play in the Big 12 Tournament at 9 a.m. Friday against Texas Tech at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

“We are looking forward to competing,” coach Jay Udwadia said. “The Big 12 is tough, playing against top 10 teams every week. We’ve been in just about every match. We just need to push harder this weekend.”

Texas Tech defeated the Cowboys 5-2 on April 11 in Stillwater. Picking up the only victories were the doubles team of Arjun Kadhe and Jakob Sude and Kadhe picked up a singles victory. Udwadia thought his team competed well and thinks they have a chance.

“We had a little battle with them earlier this year,” Udwadia said. “We are hoping to get some revenge. If we play solid, we have a chance.”

Kadhe and Sude picked up the Cowboys only victory in the regular season finale against Oklahoma. The doubles pair enter the Big 12 tournament ranked No. 26. Udwadia said the pair has carried the team all season.

“We made a switch to our doubles teams mid-season,” Udwadia said. “(Kadhe and Sude) gelled well together. They’ve done a great job this season of getting the doubles point.”

If Oklahoma State wins, it will face top-seed Baylor at noon. The Cowboys have already shown improvement as they won a conference match after going winless last season.

“We only have a couple guys from last year still in the lineup,” Udwadia said. “I’ve gotten on the recruting trail. We’ve developed a good culture and have great chemistry.”