By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
There is no doubt the Oklahoma State University men’s tennis team has taken its beatings in Big 12 play. Entering Friday’s first round of the Big 12 tournament against the third-seeded Texas Longhorns, the Cowboys’ confidence is intact.
“We are going to focus on Texas first,” OSU coach Jay Udwadia said. “We’ve played them before and know their players. We know what it takes to win at that level. We are going to practice well leading up to it.”
Oklahoma State takes the court at noon in Norman. The Cowboys (12-13, 0-5 in Big 12) were swept in three conference matches and went a combined 3-32 in the five Big 12 matches. Texas swept Oklahoma State on April 7. A couple of Oklahoma State players came close to pulling off victories. Denys Pume and Richard Del Nunzio both lost their single matches in three sets. Udwadia said his team is playing better.
“We know their players a little more,” Udwadia said. “There’s going to be a few changes, I’m sure. There might be a different dynamic in the match. We will be ready to play on Friday and compete well. If we compete well, we will have some chances.”
Coach said his players believe they can win and will put forth their best effort.
“We’re expecting to perform well,” Udwadia said. “I think we do, I think we have enough talent. We can definitely push it to the next level. We are going to have to play at a good level to beat (Texas). We are concentrating on ourselves and worrying about our level.”
The Cowboys have been led by their captain Brady Bohrnstedt, who is 25-11 overall. Udwadia said it’s going to take everyone to have success in the Big 12 Tournament.
“If (Bohrnstedt) is playing well, it definitely helps the team out,” Udwadia said. “We are talented team but we definitely need several guys to step up next match.”
If Oklahoma State wins, it will play No. 2 Oklahoma at noon Saturday.