OSU Men's Tennis jumps to No. 5 in Oracle/ITA Team Rankings
The Oklahoma State men's tennis team jumped back into the top five of the Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Team Rankings this week, as the Cowboys climbed three spots to No. 5 in Tuesday's rankings.
The Cowboys (20-4; 3-1 Big 12) have now held a spot in the top 10 for eight consecutive weeks, which ranks as the longest streak in team history.
Oklahoma State is coming off its first victory over a top-three opponent since 2001, as the Cowboys posted a comeback win over No. 3 Baylor, 4-3, in Waco, Texas, this past Sunday. The Cowboys' win over the Bears marked the squad's first triumph in Waco since 1997 and OSU's fourth victory over a top-10 opponent this season.
Along with the team's top-five ranking, five Cowboys are ranked in this week's updated individual rankings.
Julian Cash and Arjun Kadhe highlight the group after moving up two spots to No. 3 in the doubles rankings this week. Cash and Kadhe picked up their 25th victory as a tandem this past weekend when they defeated Texas Tech's No. 17-ranked Connor Curry and Bjorn Thomson in comeback fashion, 7-6 (5). The win marked Kadhe's 100th career doubles win, making him the first player in team history to reach the century mark in doubles action.
Kadhe continues to hold a second doubles ranking this week, as he and fellow senior Lucas Gerch are ranked No. 46. Gerch is also ranked No. 88 in doubles with Jurence Mendoza. The left-handed duo has won 16 matches when partnering together this season, including wins in seven of its last 10 contests.
Cash also tops the group of Cowboys in the singles rankings, as the right-hander moved up six spots to No. 21 this week. The junior’s move comes after he posted a three-set victory over Baylor's No. 10-ranked Juan Benitez this past weekend. Cash's win over Benitez marked the second time this season that he has defeated an opponent ranked in the top 10. Cash has also now been ranked in the top-30 for eight weeks, which is the longest streak by a Cowboy since Oleksandr Nedovyesov in 2010.
Lukas Finzelberg continues to be Oklahoma State's second-highest ranked singles competitor this week. He remained in the No. 75 spot after picking up two wins this past weekend in OSU's victories over No. 42 Texas Tech and No. 3 Baylor. Finzelberg is currently tied with Cash for the most singles wins by a Cowboy this season with 17.
Kadhe and Gerch round out the quartet of Cowboys in the singles rankings, with Kadhe holding down the No. 87 spot this week and Gerch remaining in the top-100 at No. 99.
Oklahoma State will step away from Big 12 play this week, as the Cowboys host senior night against their in-state foe Tulsa on Friday at 3 p.m. OSU's four seniors - Lukas Finzelberg, Lucas Gerch, Arjun Kadhe and Nathan Roper - will be honored after the completion of the match.