STILLWATER – The Oklahoma State men’s tennis team secured its spot in the championship round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Kick-Off Weekend as the 14th-ranked Cowboys knocked off No. 22 Columbia, 4-1, at the Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center on Friday.
The Cowboys’ win on Friday night puts them one victory away from locking up a spot at next month’s ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, Virgina. Saturday’s matchup will be a familiar scene for the Cowboys, who found themselves in the same situation last season, only to fall just short of advancing in a hard-fought loss to No. 3 TCU in Fort Worth.
In doubles play, OSU faced both of Columbia’s top-40 ranked doubles tandems, but was able to jump in front of the Lions quickly as the Cowboys swept doubles play for the third time in as many matches.
“We knew it was going to be tough in doubles, but I thought that we played cleanly, especially on court one,” head coach Jay Udwadia said. “I didn’t see a lot of returns miss and they were great with their first serve. There was a lot of fire from those guys and they were able to win that match in under 20 minutes.”
Fifth-ranked Julian Cash and Arjun claimed the Cowboys’ first victory of the day, dropping No. 34 Shawn Hadavi and Jackie Tang, 6-1, in just 13 minutes. The win was the 80th of Kadhe’s career, making him the third Cowboy in team history to reach that mark.