Oklahoma State's men's tennis team (2-3 overall; 0-0 Big 12) is set to host No. 18 Pepperdine on Friday, Feb. 4 at the Greenwood Tennis Center.
Following the Action
All matches can be viewed at this link: https://okla.st/2XJRbik. Live stats can also be viewed at: https://okla.st/3HjAxLo.
In the Rankings
Oklahoma State is not ranked in the ITA Division I Rankings. Pepperdine checked in at No. 18 in the ITA Division 1 Rankings. Tyler Zink was featured in the ITA preseason rankings at No. 30 as of September 8th.
Oklahoma State holds a 3-1 record all time against Pepperdine. The last time the two teams met in Stillwater dates back to the 2014-15 season, where OSU won 4-0.
Oklahoma State From A Distance
Oklahoma State is battle-ready after a doubleheader home opener and its first road test. OSU's spring slate is filled with a competitive schedule full of opportunities for the new class of Cowboys. OSU began a new chapter in 2021-22 with nine new faces and one veteran that fill the roster. Luke Hammond highlights the new season as the only returner from the 2020-21 season. Hammond leads a class of three freshmen, two sophomores and four juniors. Notably, six of the new faces first-year head coach Dustin Taylor recruited are transfers from Power Five schools.
The biggest storyline has been Tyler Zink who earned a main draw wild card at the U.S. Open. The two-time All-American finished the 2021 season with a final ITA ranking of No. 8 in doubles at the University of Georgia. Zink also had a run in the ITA All-American Championships as well as individual tournaments throughout his fall campaign. The junior also found himself ranked among the nation's best by the ITA Preseason ranking at No. 30.
Accompanied by Taylor is assistant coach Dane Webb. During his collegiate career at the University of Oklahoma, Webb was a three-time All-American, and the most decorated Sooner in the program with a total of 212 during his run. The tandem holds skills that will lead the program to navigate a successful spring.
Streak and Trends
- OSU is 3-1 against Pepperdine, dating back to 2015.
An Oklahoma State Win Would...
- Extend head coach Dustin Taylor's record to 3-3 for his first season at OSU.
- Make head coach Dustin Taylor 3-0 at home during his first season at OSU.