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April 27, 2014

Sooners cruise past Longhorns into title dual

FORT WORTH, Texas — Earlier this season in Austin, not long after Oklahoma had reached No. 1 for the first time in program history, the Sooners fell to Red River rival Texas.

Saturday, in Fort Worth, with a trip to the Big 12 tournament championship dual on the line, the Sooners made short work of their Longhorn rivals.

Officially, OU prevailed 4-0. Had they kept playing, it might have been worse. Among the matches that counted toward the total, the Sooners did not drop a set and were pushed to only one tiebreaker.

Along the way to the doubles point, the closest set was 8-5.

“I think our guys did a really good job with coming out with energy today and played really disciplined tennis, especially when it got a little breezy,” OU coach John Roddick said.

After the doubles point was secure, it didn’t take long for the dual to conclude. Axel Alvarez, at No. 2 singles, topped Texas’ Adrien Berkowicz 6-2, 6-2 to make it 2-0; Austin Siegel, at No. 5 singles, topped Clement Horns 6-2, 6-4 to make it 3-0; and, at No. 3, after surviving a tiebreaker, OU’s Andrew Harris closed out the dual by topping George Goldhoff 6-1 in their final set.

“That was a big improvement over some of the matches that we’ve had where we’ve either lost or made them way tougher than maybe they should have been,” Roddick said. “And it’s to nice to see that because in tournament play you have to play every day, so finishing earlier gives us time to rest.”

At TCU’s Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center, at 1 p.m. today, the Sooners meet Baylor, hoping to win their third straight conference tournament championship. 

The Sooners defeated the Bears 4-3 on April 11 in Norman.

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