No. 11 OSU men's tennis hosting NCAA Regional
STILLWATER, Okla. —
The 11th-seeded Oklahoma State men's tennis team was selected to host an NCAA Regional for the second straight season, as the Cowboys will welcome Drake, Illinois and UMKC to Stillwater for the first and second rounds of the 2017 NCAA Tennis Championships.
The first-round matchups will be played on Friday, May 12, with No. 25 Illinois and Drake squaring off at 10 a.m. while the Cowboys and UMKC will follow shortly thereafter at 1 p.m. Friday's winners will then play in Saturday's second round at 3 p.m.
OSU (21-6; 3-2 Big 12) has now been selected to compete in the NCAA Tennis Championships in each of the past four seasons. That streak in the second longest in team history, trailing only a seven-year run from 2003-09.
The Oklahoma State Lineup
- At the top of the Cowboys' doubles lineup is the returning All-American duo of Julian Cash and Arjun Kadhe. Cash and Kadhe won 34 matches as a tandem last season and became the fourth team in OSU history to earn All-America honors.
- The Cowboys also return five other upperclassmen this season in Lukas Finzelberg, Lucas Gerch, Jurence Mendoza, Tristan Meraut and Nathan Roper. All five figure to play a key role in the OSU lineup this season, including Gerch, whose 79 career singles victories puts him in fifth place on OSU's all-time wins list.
- The final members of head coach Jay Udwadia's roster are newcomers Mathieu Scaglia and Artur Dubinski.
- For updates during matches, follow @CowboyTennis on Twitter and then check okstate.com for post-match results and a recap from the day's action.
- Fans that can't make the trip down will be able to watch all of the action from this week's Big 12 Tennis Championships in Norman. The opening rounds of the tournament will be live streamed on FloTennis, while the championship matches for both the men and women will be aired on Fox Sports.
- All information regarding match times or other details about the tournament can be found at big12sports.com.
Oklahoma State from a Distance
- Oklahoma State returns seven upperclassmen from a season that saw the Cowboys host an NCAA Regional for the first time since 2007 and advance to the Round of 16 at the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time in program history. The Cowboys racked up 20 duals wins for the second time under head coach Jay Udwadia, with 12 of those victories coming against ranked competition.
- Udwadia is currently in his fifth season in charge of the Cowboys. He earned his 75th win as OSU's head coach when his Cowboys blanked No. 14 Kentucky on January 28 to secure their spot in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship. Udwadia is joined by first-year assistant coach Marek Michalicka.
Notable Streaks and Trends
- The Cowboys have been ranked in the top-30 of the ITA Rankings for 40 consecutive weeks. The last time OSU was outside of the top-30 was May 1, 2015. Oklahoma State's No. 8 ranking this week also marked the squad's 11th
consecutive appearance in the top 10, which is the longest streak in team history.
- OSU's victory over third-ranked Baylor marked the third time under head coach Jay Udwadia that the Cowboys have reached the 20-win mark, having done so previously in 2014 and 2016. It is the 17th time in team history that the Cowboys have won at least 20 matches in a season.
- Oklahoma State has had a doubles tandem earn All-America honors in each of the past three seasons. Last season it was Julian Cash and Arjun Kadhe achieving the feat, while Kadhe and Jakob Sude recorded the first two during the 2014 and 2015 NCAA Tournaments. OSU's three-year streak is tied for the second longest active streak in Division I and trails only Texas A&M's four-year stretch.
- Since 2013, the Cowboys have made four-straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including advancing to the Round of 16 last season. That streak is the second longest in program history, trailing only a seven-year streak from 2003-09 that saw the Cowboys reach the Round of 16 on three occasions.
- Arjun Kadhe and Lucas Gerch are climbing up Oklahoma State's all-time singles wins list. Gerch is OSU's active singles wins leader, and his 79 career victories put him in fifth place. Kadhe, meanwhile, holds 72 singles wins for his career and is currently in eighth place all-time.
- Julian Cash has been a dynamic presence at the top of OSU's doubles lineups throughout the past two seasons. The junior set an OSU record last season by winning 34 doubles contests with Arjun Kadhe. This season, Cash has added 27 more victories to his total and is tied for 10th place on OSU's all-time doubles wins list.
- Arjun Kadhe has proved this season that his doubles success is no fluke, as the senior's 35 wins broke his own OSU single-season doubles wins record (34) that he and Cash set a season ago.
- Kadhe also currently sits with Oleksandr Nedovyesov and his former doubles partner Jakob Sude as the only three-time All-Americans in OSU history. With his senior campaign underway, Kadhe can become the first Cowboy to earn All-America honors on four occasions this year.
Cowboys in the ITA Rankings
- Julian Cash and Arjun Kadhe have posted 27 wins in doubles play this season as they continue to cement themselves as one of OSU's greatest doubles tandems in team history. The duo sits at No. 7 in this week's ranking.
- Kadhe and fellow senior Lucas Gerch are also ranked in doubles, as they sit at No. 45 this week.
- Cash is currently Oklahoma State's highest-ranked singles competitor, sitting at No. 26 this week. He is followed by Lukas Finzelberg (No. 76) and Arjun Kadhe (No. 105) in the singles rankings.
Oklahoma State's History in the NCAA Tournament
- Oklahoma State is taking part in the NCAA Tournament for the 21st time in team history. On half of the Cowboys' first 20 trips to the NCAA Tournament, they advanced to the Round of 16, with their most recent appearance coming last season.
- This season the Cowboys will once again host a NCAA Regional. Last season, OSU entered the tournament as the No. 16 seed and swept both Bryant and Arkansas in Stillwater en route to advancing to the Round of 16.
- OSU is 17-20 all-time during the NCAA Tournament since first competing in the event in 1978.
- The Cowboys are making their fourth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament this season. That streak is the second longest in program history, trailing only a seven-year stretch from 2003-09 that saw the Cowboys reach the Round of 16 on three occasions.
- Julian Cash and Arjun Kadhe will look to repeat as All-Americans this season as they are set to once again compete in the NCAA Doubles Championship. Cash will also make his second-straight appearance in the singles tournament for the Cowboys. He is the third Cowboy in the last decade to earn a spot in both the singles and doubles tournaments.
Thriving in the Classroom
- Oklahoma State men's tennis has been a fixture of academic success dating back to the first Academic All-Big 12 team in 1997. In each of the past 20 seasons, OSU has had a representative on the Academic All-Big 12 team and has had multiple Cowboys earn the honor on 18 occasions.
- OSU continued to be a source of academic excellence in the Big 12 this season as a program-record seven Cowboys were named as Academic All-Big 12 selections, with six of those being first team honorees. The seven selections ranks as the second most by a men's tennis program in the Big 12 this season, trailing only Baylor's eight honorees.
- Under head coach Jay Udwadia, the Cowboys now boast an impressive total of 24 Academic All-Big 12 selections and 11 ITA Scholar-Athletes. Senior Lucas Gerch added to OSU's list of academic achievement last season when he was named the Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.