The Texas men’s tennis team held off the No. 13 Oklahoma Sooners, winning 4-3 in Norman, Okla. on Friday to give head coach Michael Center his 500th win.
Center’s coaching record now stands at 500-193, a winning percentage of .722 at Kansas, TCU and Texas. He’s 342-125, a .732 win percentage, at Texas.
“It feels good to know I’ve had that many good players and teams and to do that for this long,” Center said. “It’s nice to win it here because I remember some tough losses here. That makes it even more special, but more importantly, we need to get ready for Sunday.”
George Goldhoff won a three-set match against Jochen Bertsch, 6-2, 6-7, 6-1 to clinch the win for Texas.
The No. 6 Longhorns took a crucial doubles point and notched three singles victories to secure the win.
“It was a huge point for us tonight,” Center said. “We knew we would have to work hard to get a point there.”
Christian Sigsgaard and Julian Zoblinsky won their doubles match 6-2 before Goldhoff and Leonardo Telles sealed the point with a 6-3 win.
Oklahoma tied the match at 1-1 with a singles win at the first position before Rodrigo Banzer put Texas up 2-1 with a 6-4, 6-2 win.
After OU tied it once again, Telles earned a straight-set win over Adrian Oetzbach to put Texas up 3-2.
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