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No. 21 ASU Tops No. 28 Oklahoma 4-3, Extends Streak

Mar 5, 2021

NORMAN, Okla. - GONE STREAKIN'!!

The No. 21 Sun Devils (11-1) notched another into the win column Friday afternoon with a 4-3 victory over No. 28 Oklahoma (6-5) at the Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman, Oklahoma. The victory puts ASU's win streak into double digits as they record 10-straight victories and gets them one match closer to a weekend sweep on the road. Christian Lerby extended his singles record in the victory and now has seven straight wins.  
 


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How it happened
The Maroon and Gold kicked the contest off by clinching the doubles point thanks to court victories on one and three. At No. 1, Nathan Ponwith/George Stoupe defeated their opponents 6-2 while Lerby/Andrea Bolla cemented their 6-1 victory on No. 3.
 
Singles competition began with Makey Rakotomalala dropping his match 1-6, 4-6 on court three. ASU didn't take long to come roaring back with Bolla earning the Sun Devils their first singles point, 6-3,6-1. Lerby followed suit in a three-match nail biter on court six, defeating his opponent 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, while Ponwith clinched the match victory on No. 1 with a close 7-6, 7-5 win. As play continued, the Sooners did not go down without a fight, rallying for the last two points with a pair of wins on courts two and five. Despite their efforts, Stoupe and Tim Ruehl dropped their sets 6-7, 6-4, 7-10 and 6-7, 6-7, respectively.
 
Up Next
The Sun Devils concludes their weekend on the road against No. 2 Baylor on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. MST.
 
Mar 05, 2021 at Norman, Okla.
(Headington Family Tennis Center)
#21 Arizona State 4, #28 Oklahoma 3
 
Singles competition
1. Nathan Ponwith (ASU) def. Jake Van Emburgh (OU) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
2. Alex Martinez (OU) def. Tim Ruehl (ASU) 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 1-0 (10-7)
3. #69 Mason Beiler (OU) def. Makey Rakotomalala (ASU) 6-1, 6-4
4. Andrea Bolla (ASU) def. Mark Mandlik (OU) 6-3, 6-1
5. Nathan Han (OU) def. George Stoupe (ASU) 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-1)
6. Christian Lerby (ASU) def. Max Stewart (OU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
 
Doubles competition
1. George Stoupe/Nathan Ponwith (ASU) def. Nathan Han/Alex Martinez (OU) 6-2
2. Mason Beiler/Max Stewart (OU) vs. Tim Ruehl/Makey Rakotomalala (ASU) 3-5, unfinished
3. Christian Lerby/Andrea Bolla (ASU) def. Matt Rodriguez/Jake Van Emburgh (OU) 6-1
 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (3,4,6,1,5,2)