Norman, Okla. – No. 12 Men’s Tennis swept No. 38 Oklahoma, 7-0, at the Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman, Okla., On Thursday. It marked the Longhorns ’eighth-straight win over the Sooners and the second this season after a 5-2 non-conference win in Austin on March 27.
The Longhorns won a tight doubles point in with victories at Nos. 1 and 2 with the deciding match at No. 2 coming down to a tiebreaker. They followed that with wins by senior No. 92 Richard Ciamarra at No. 4, sophomore no. 61 Eliot Spizzirri at No. 3, junior Chih Chi Huang at No. 6 to clinch, freshman No. 35 Pierre-Yves Bailly at No. 2, sophomore Cleeve Harper at No. 5 and sophomore no. 22 Micah Braswell at No. 1.
After Texas had secured the doubles point, Ciamarra was first off the singles court with an efficient 6-1, 6-2 win over Jordan Hasson to give Texas a 2-0 lead. In the first set, Ciamarra ran out to a 4-0 advantage. Hasson picked up a break at 4-1 to stop the run, but Ciamarra broke right back on a deuce point and then served out the set. The second set then stayed on serve to a 2-1 lead for Hasson, but back-to-back deuce-point wins started another run for Ciamarra, this time 5-0 to capture the match, which he did on another deuce point.
Spizzirri was next with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Mark Mandlik to extend the Longhorns’ lead to 3-0. The first set stayed on serve almost the entire way with Spizzirri both starting and finishing it on deuce-point wins. The second of those would be the only break of the set to give him the win at 6-4. The second set was more of the same, staying on serve up to a 4-3 lead for Spizzirri when he secured the only break of that frame at 5-3 before finishing on a deuce-point hold for the match. It was Spizzirri’s eighth win in his last nine decisions with the only loss coming to a top-10 opponent.
Next up was Huang with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Welsh Hotard to clinch. Huang moved into the singles lineup after sophomore Siem Woldeab was scratched after doubles. Similar to Spizzirri, Huang’s first set featured only one break, which he grabbed for a 3-2 lead and consolidated at 4-2 on serve on his way to the 6-4 win. In the second, Huang broke first again to go up 2-1, held for 3-1 and had another deuce-point break opportunity, but Hotard was able to hold that and break in the next game to even it at 3-3. Huang answered the break to regain the lead in what would be the final break of the match with the rest of it staying on serve to his win.
The next two results came within minutes of each other as Bailly first downed Alex Martinez in three sets, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2. Bailly looked to be on his way to a quicker match after winning eight of the first nine games with Martinez’s lone game coming on serve at 3-1 in the first. After Bailly posted leads of 2-0 and 3-1 in the second, Martinez rallied for a 5-0 run to send it to the third. There, Bailly used back-to-back deuce-point wins to hold and break, before holding again for a 3-0 lead. Martinez got games back at 3-1 on serve and 5-2 on a break, but Bailly closed it out from there with another break to make it 5-0 Texas.
Harper was then right on Bailly’s heels, even though it was a straight-sets win for Harper, who defeated Justin Schlageter, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Harper took the opening game on serve, but the players then alternated 3-0 runs, leaving the set back on serve with Harper up, 4-3. The next two games stayed on serve until Harper broke again to win the set. The second was also back and forth as Harper broke for 3-1, but Schlageter came back with two breaks as part of a 3-0 run to take a 4-3 lead. Harper then broke and held to take the lead back at 5-4, and after holding on to a deuce point at 6-5, he had another deuce to break for the match, but Schlageter was able to hold to send it to a tiebreaker. In that frame, Schlageter won the first point, but Harper collected the next five to establish a lead he would not relinquish en route to a 7-4 win.
That left only the match at No. 1 where Braswell went to a third-set superbreaker against No. 50 Mason Beiler and emerged with a 7-5, 6-7 (5), 1-0 (10) victory to complete the sweep. The first set proved to be split into two halves of its own with Beiler running out to a 5-1 lead, but Braswell flipped the script and set out on a 6-0 run from there, including two deuce points. In the second, Beiler once again pushed out to a 4-1 lead, and again Braswell came back to tie it at 4-4, including a deuce-point break. The last five games then stayed on serve to a tiebreaker where Beiler took a 3-0 lead. Braswell came back with a 3-0 run of his own, but Beiler held him at arms distance with one and two points leading the rest of the way to win at 7-5. That led to the superbreaker that played out much like the rest of the match. After Braswell claimed the first point, Beiler went on a 3-0 run that Braswell answered as part of a bigger 5-1 run to position him with a 6-4 lead. However, Beiler then took the next five points for a 9-6 edge, giving three match points, all of which Braswell fought off during a 4-0 run to the lead. Belier snapped the streak to stay alive himself and even it at 10-10, but the next two points belong to Braswell for the win.
Earlier, the doubles point came down to a tiebreaker in the deciding match at No. 2 after each team registered a 6-4 win, with the Longhorns’ coming at No. 1 and the Sooners’ at No. 3. The match at No. 1 had finished first where the No. 3 duo of Ciamarra and Harper topped the No. 79 pair of Hotard and Martinez. Oklahoma used a deuce-point break in the second game for a 3-0 lead, but Texas got that deuce-point break back at 3-2 before holding on to another deuce to tie it. The following two games were also on serve before Ciamarra and Harper won their third-straight deuce point to break for a 5-4 lead and then served out the match.
At No. 3, with Braswell not playing in doubles, Huang paired with sophomore Evin McDonald for the second straight match, but the pair fell to Beiler and Nathan Han. The Sooners opened it with a break and a hold for a 2-0 lead, but the Longhorns broke back to even it at 3-3. However, Beiler and Han immediately broke again in what would be the last break of the match on the way to their win.
That left it to No. 2 where the No. 15 duo of Spizzirri and Woldeab had also fallen behind, 2-0, to Mandlik and Baptiste Anselmo after the Sooners broke and held to open the match. The Longhorns broke back two games later on a deuce point to put it back on serve, and that’s where it stayed to the tiebreaker. Spizzirri and Woldeab appeared to be in some trouble after Oklahoma jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but stormed back on a 5-0 run themselves to take the lead. Although the Sooners were able to reclaim it with the next two points, the Longhorns captured the last three for the win.
Texas (14-9, 2-2 Big 12) next closes the regular season by heading to Stillwater to play Oklahoma State on Saturday, April 16, at 12 pm CT.
# 12 Texas 7, # 38 Oklahoma 0
Singles – Order of Finish (4,3,6,2,5,1)
1. # 22 Micah Braswell (UT) def. # 50 Mason Beiler (OU) 7-5, 6-7 (5), 1-0 (10)
2. # 35 Pierre-Yves Bailly (UT) def. Alex Martinez (OU) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
3. # 61 Eliot Spizzirri (UT) def. Mark Mandlik (OU) 6-4, 6-3
4. # 92 Richard Ciamarra (UT) def. Jordan Hasson (OU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Cleeve Harper (UT) def. Justin Schlageter (OU) 6-4, 7-6 (4)
6. Chih Chi Huang (UT) def. Welsh Hotard (OU) 6-4, 6-4
Doubles – Order of Finish (1,3,2)
1. # 3 Richard Ciamarra/Cleeve Harper (UT) def. # 79 Welsh Hotard / Alex Martinez (OU) 6-4
2. # 15 Eliot Spizzirri/Siem Woldeab (UT) def. Mark Mandlik / Baptiste Anselmo (OU) 7-6 (6)
3. Nathan Han / Mason Beiler (OU) def. Chih Chi Huang/Evin McDonald (UT) 6-4