NORMAN — The Oklahoma men’s tennis team cruised into the Sweet 16 with a 4-0 win over North Carolina State in Saturday’s second round of the NCAA tournament at the Headington Family Tennis Center.
The No. 14 Sooners are returning to the round of 16 for the first time since 2010. They’ll meet up with third-seeded Georgia in Urbana,, Ill. on Thursday.
“I think we played very well today, as evidenced by the scores,” said OU head coach John Roddick. “It was a big turnaround from the way we played yesterday and if we keep playing like that moving forward we’ll give ourselves a chance in every match we play. Hopefully the guys understand that and take that determination and intensity into Thursday.”
The No. 2 doubles team of Guillermo Alcorta and Axel Alvarez Llamas won their matchup up 8-1 before the Sooners sealed the doubles point with an 8-3 victory by No. 1 duo Costin Paval and Dane Webb.
Alvarez Llamas added the first singles point with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Dave Thomson. Guillermo Alcorta beat Austin Powell, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 2 singles and Webb closed the book on the Wolfpack with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Beck Bond.
Women, Arizona State 4, Oklahoma 1: The Sooners’ season ended with a first-round loss Saturday in Athens, Ga.
The Sooners took the doubles point on wins by Hermon Brhane and Whitney Ritchie, 8-3, against Jacqueline Cako and Nicole Smith, and Zita Engbroks and Mia Lancaster 8-6 over Arizona State’s Hannah James and Joanna Smith.
OU fell behind in all six first sets of singles and couldn’t rally as ASU advanced in the tournament.