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ORU Advances to Saturday’s Title Match in 4-0 Win

ORU Advances to Saturday’s Title Match in 4-0 Win

The Basics
Match 1: Oral Roberts 4 – IUPUI
Records: Oral Roberts (14-10); IUPUI (10-20)
Location: Koch Tennis Center – Omaha, Neb. 

The Short Story: The Oral Roberts men's tennis team rode early momentum Friday taking a 4-0 win over IUPUI to advance to Saturday's Summit League Championship match.

The Golden Eagles improved to 14-10 on the season and will play the winner of Denver/Omaha in the title match Saturday. It is the first title match appearance for ORU since winning their last championship in 2010.

Wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles helped ORU earn the first point of the match. Kenneth Boykin and Jan Pehnec took the first doubles match at the No. 1 position while Braxton Bates and Michael Sosnowski earned their 13th win of the season and improved to 13-4 as a tandem.

Amar Saletovic picked up the first singles point for the Golden Eagles with a 6-3, 6-3 win at the No. 3 position before Kenneth Boykin earned his 10th victory of the year with a win at No. 4 singles.

Sosnowski closed out the match for ORU as he won his team best 15th match of the year and improved to 15-7. The win also pushes the junior's win streak to five straight.

Up Next: The Golden Eagles search for The Summit League's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament as they take on the winner of Denver and Omaha on Saturday. The championship match is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.

The Results

Oral Roberts 4, IUPUI 0
Singles competition
1. Jac Newis (IUPUI) vs. Barnabas Koncz (ORU) 6-7 (7-9), 2-5, unfinished
2. Marcus Nalley (IUPUI) vs. Jan Pehnec (ORU) 7-5, 5-6, unfinished
3. Amar Saletovic (ORU) def. David Beasley (IUPUI) 6-3, 6-3
4. Kenneth Boykin (ORU) def. Akshay Verma (IUPUI) 7-5, 6-4
5. Michael Sosnowski (ORU) def. Bradley Luetschwager (IUPUI) 6-0, 5-7, 6-1
6. Kyle Whittaker (IUPUI) vs. Alvaro Santamaria (ORU) 6-3, 2-5, unfinished 

Doubles competition
1. Jan Pehnec/Kenneth Boykin (ORU) def. Bradley Luetschwager/Kyle Whittaker (IUPUI) 6-4
2. Akshay Verma/David Beasley (IUPUI) vs. Amar Saletovic/Barnabas Koncz (ORU) 4-3, unfinished
3. Michael Sosnowski/Braxton Bates (ORU) def. Matt Moe/Patrick McAuley (IUPUI) 6-2 

Match Notes
Oral Roberts 14-10
IUPUI 10-20
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,4,5)
Summit League Men's Tennis Tournament Semifinals
Official: Vern Weber A-98 

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