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OU SNAPS ARKANSAS' STREAK soonersports.com

OU Athletics Communications Press Release

NORMAN – The Oklahoma men's tennis team handed Arkansas its first loss of the season Wednesday as OU held off the Razorbacks 4-3 in Fayetteville.

The Sooners (5-4) also earned their first road win this year.

"Arkansas is always such a tough team and always competes really hard," said OU head coach Nick Crowell. "That was the first time we've won the doubles point in Fayetteville in a long time and that got us off to a quick start which proved to be the pivotal point."

OU opened the match with the doubles point in statement fashion. Nathan Han and Alex Martinez rolled past Arkansas' Maxim Verboven and Hunter Harrison 6-2 at the top spot.

Max Stewart and Mason Beiler sealed the point with a 6-4 win over Enrique Paya and Jose Alonso on court two.

The final match played out and Jake Van Emburgh and Matt Rodriguez held on to defeat Alex Reco and Nico Rousset 7-6 (3).

Han was the first Sooner off the court in singles, routing Arkansas' Adrien Burdet 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 5 line.

Stewart took down Paya 7-5, 6-3 on court six. Mandlik sealed the deal for the Sooners with a three-set win over Melvin Manuel at the No. 4 line. Mandlik powered through his first set 6-2 before Manuel answered with a 6-1 win in set two. The Sooner prevailed 6-3 in the deciding frame to clinch the win for OU.

"Mark was 3-0 down in the third set and really had to compose himself and problem solve his way to the win," Crowell said. "It was great to see him clinch it for the Sooners today."

Martinez fell to No. 72 Reco after three sets, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4. OU's No. 69 Beiler was defeated by Rousset, 7-5, 6-4 on court three. Van Emburgh took Verboven to a third set on court one, but fell 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.


1. Maxim Verboven (ARK) def. Jake Van Emburgh (OU), 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
2. #72 Alex Reco (ARK) def. Alex Martinez (OU), 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
3. Nico Roussett (ARK) def. #69 Mason Beiler (OU), 7-5, 6-4
4. Mark Mandlik (OU) def. Melvin Manuel (ARK), 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
5. Nathan Han (OU) def. Adrien Burdet (ARK), 6-3, 6-2
6. Max Stewart (OU) def. Enrique Paya (ARK), 7-5, 6-3

1. Han/Martinez (OU) def. Verboven/Harrison (ARK), 6-2
2. Stewart/Beiler (OU) def. Paya/Alonso (ARK), 6-4
3. Van Emburgh/Rodriguez (OU) def. Reco/Rousset (ARK), 7-6 (3)

Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,2,6,4,3,1)



OU is home to host in-state rival Tulsa on Friday, Feb. 19. The match is set for a 4 p.m. CT start and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Oklahoma.


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