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Cowboy Tennis Hosts Three This Weekend


Press Release Oklahoma State University:

The Basics

The No. 25 Oklahoma State men's tennis squad will start the 2015 spring campaign with three matches this weekend, facing Nebraska on Jan. 17 at 1:30 p.m., Illinois State on Jan. 18 at 12 p.m. and Oral Roberts on Jan. 19 at 12 p.m. in the Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center.

Keep Up with the Match
Fans can follow all the action this weekend through updates on Twitter by following @CowboyTennis and through live stats on okstate.com. Simply go to the Cowboy Tennis homepage and the link will be prominently displayed.

In the ITA Rankings
The Cowboys begin the season ranked No. 25 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings. None of the Pokes' opponents this weekend are ranked in the top 75.

Two OSU players make appearances in the ITA singles rankings with sophomore All-American Arjun Kadhe at No. 74 and senior and fellow All-American Jakob Sude at No. 98. There are no opponents in the singles rankings.

Kadhe and Sude also open the season as the 12th-ranked doubles team in the nation. Only one other ranked doubles team comes to the Greenwood Tennis Center this weekend as Nebraska's Bradford Zitsch and Dusty Boyer are tabbed as the No. 54 team. Kadhe and Sude met up with the Husker duo in the ITA Central Region Championship, where the Cowboys were upset, 8-7(2).

Fall Review
Oklahoma State is coming off a fall season, where several Cowboys gained experience, playing all over the country. The Pokes had a strong showing as three players picked up at least one win at the ITA All-American Championship, which is considered the most prestigious tournament of fall.

Arjun Kadhe produced a runner-up finish at the Cajun Classic early in the fall and finished out his fall advancing to the round of 16 at the ITA Central Region Championships.

Nicolai Ferrigno also made his way to the round of 16 of the ITA Central Regional, notching a dominant straight-set win over Amar Saletovic (ORU).

All-American Jakob Sude competed in only two events this fall: ITA All-American Championship and ITA Central Region Championship.

Cowboys vs. Opponents
The Cowboys own a series advantage over each of this weekend's opponents. With a long history against former conference rival Nebraska, the Cowboys have a comfortable 46-8 lead in the series, with the two teams last meeting coming in 2013 as the Pokes defeated the Huskers, 4-2, in Lincoln, Neb.

Against the Redbirds of Illinois State, OSU is 2-0 with their last win coming in 2013 as well with a dominating 6-1 performance.

The Pokes shut out Oral Roberts last season in Stillwater, 4-0, to give them an 18-5 lead over the Golden Eagles in the series.

From Coach Udwadia
“It's exciting to finally have our first dual match in sight. It's been a while; a lot of practices and a lot of training on court up until this point so we're very excited to play. It'll be nice to see how some of our new guys perform in a college dual match. We have some great players coming back from last year as well. I think we have a very well-balanced team. All eyes are on our first opponent, Nebraska, which is a tough Big Ten team. Then we have a match on Sunday and one on Monday so we'll take it as it goes--just one match at a time. To host three matches in a row will be nice for the home fans to get familiar with the new faces on the team. We'll be fighting very hard to represent OSU well this weekend.”

The Team
Coach Jay Udwadia enters the 2015 spring season with a full roster of 10 Cowboys. He returns two All-Americans in senior Jakob Sude and sophomore Arjun Kadhe as well as the team's Most Valuable Player for the 2014 season, Lucas Gerch. Denmark native and senior Nicolai Ferrigno returns for his second and final season with the Cowboys, while youngsters Nathan Roper and Lukas Finzelberg round out the returners for the Pokes.

New to the lineup is Jurence Mendoza, who enters his second semester as a Cowboy. Joining the squad in January was Trent Botha of South Africa, Leonard Gerch of Germany and Tristan Meraut of France.

Feldman Joins the Coaching Staff
This summer, the Pokes welcomed Nate Feldman to the coaching staff as an assistant coach.
Feldman joins the Cowboys after spending the last three years at Norfolk State, where he coached both the men's and women's tennis squads.
Before taking over at Norfolk State, Feldman gained invaluable coaching experience as an assistant at multiple top-tier programs, including a role with the 2010 North Carolina women's team, which reached the NCAA Semifinals and spent four weeks as the nation's top-ranked team. He helped guide the Middle Tennessee State men's squad to a Sun Belt tournament title, earning him a nomination for the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Assistant Coach of the Year award.
Feldman also served as an ITF travel coach, which took him all over the United States and South America.

ITA Introduces New Dual Match Format
In December, the ITA Division I Operating Committee made changes to the dual match format so that it shortens the length of the match. Changes include:

-No-ad scoring in singles and doubles.
-Three doubles matches played, each match one set to 6, with a tie-break at 6-all.
-Followed (after a 5-minute intermission) by six singles matches, each match 2 out of 3 sets, with tie-breaks at 6-all.
-No warm-up with opponents (in doubles and in singles)

Follow Cowboy Tennis
Stay up to date with the Oklahoma State men's tennis team on the following social media sites:

Twitter: @CowboyTennis
Facebook: Oklahoma State Cowboy Tennis
Snapchat: OSUathletics
YouTube: youtube.com/osuathletics

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