The Norman Transcript


May 20, 2014

Sooners will play for national title

ATHENS, Ga. — Oklahoma will play for a national championship.

After topping UCLA 4-2 Monday, only Southern Cal stands in the way of coach John Roddick’s Sooners.

OU won the doubles point, yet the dual could have gone either way. A couple of gut-it-out victories kept OU in the winner’s circle.

After three singles matches were complete, the Bruins and Sooners were tied 2-2, both needing two more victories to claim the dual.

At No. 1, Guillermo Alcorta dropped the first set to UCLA’s Clay Thompson, the nation’s No. 1 singles player, 0-6, but came back to win the second, 6-2. At No. 6, OU’s Alex Ghilea, after winning the first set from Karue Sell, 6-3, dropped the second, 4-6. 

Both matches went to third-set tiebreakers. Both Sooners won their tiebreaker 7-5. 

“Once I lost the first set, coach Roddick came to the court and I asked him if (Thompson) was that much better than me and he said no. We’re both in the semifinals for a reason,” Alcorta said.

Already OU was in its first final four on the (tennis) court. Today, beginning at 4 p.m., the Sooners can really make history.

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