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Sooner Men Fall to USC in NCAA Tennis Final

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Oklahoma’s men’s tennis team lost to USC 4-2 in the NCAA championship final on Tuesday night in Athens, Georgia.

The Sooners won the doubles point with wins in two of the three doubles matches, then needed to win three of the six singles matches to take the title.

OU got a win at #3 singles when Dane Webb won in straight sets, but USC won the matches for #1, #2, and #5 singles, leaving it up to two final matches to determine the champion.

Oklahoma’s Andrew Harris won the first set in #4 singles, then lost the second to force a third set.

In #6 singles, OU’s Alex Ghilea lost the first set in a tie-breaker, but came back to win the second set to force the third set.

The Sooners had to win both matches to win the title, but Ghilea fell behind 4-2 in the third set, and before that match could be complete, Harris lost the third set in his match, 6-4 to Max de Vroome, giving USC their 5th national championship in the last six years, and ninth overall.

The loss ends OU’s season at 28-4, the best season in Sooner history.

Earlier Tuesday, OU head coach John Roddick was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national coach of the year.

Oklahoma was the second overall seed for the NCAA Tournament, while their championship opponent USC was the number one seed.