For the third-straight season an Oklahoma State men's tennis doubles team has received All-American status as Cowboys Julian Cash & Arjun Kadhe took down San Diego's Jordan Angus & Filip Vittek, 7-5, 6-3, to advance to the quarterfinals at the NCAA Doubles Championship.
"It's a big accomplishment for our program because something like this puts Cowboy Tennis on a high status in college tennis," coach Jay Udwadia said. "I couldn't be more proud of Julian (Cash) and Arjun (Kadhe) for what they accomplished today."
The victory is a special one for Kadhe as he becomes only the third Poke in program history to be named an All-American three times during his career. The other two Cowboys to receive three All-American honors are Oleksandr Nedovyesov and Kadhe's former doubles partner,Jakob Sude.
"I think it's pretty awesome to be part of a group like that, but we have a lot more to come this week as we both are playing well and confident at this point," Kadhe said. "We are going to just follow our routine."
Cash earns All-American status in doubles for the second time in his career as the sophomore was an All-American at Mississippi State last season with doubles partner Florian Lakat.
"I'm very proud to say I'm a two-time All-American," Cash said. "It's been a great year with Arjun, but we have more matches to come."
Today's match got started at 1:07 p.m. CT and was a tight one from the start as San Diego's Angus/Vittek got off to a strong start as they broke serve to take a 3-1 lead in the first set.
Cash/Kadhe would bounce back from the slow start by winning six of the final eight games to claim a 7-5 victory in the first set.
In the second, the Pokes used the momentum from the comeback in the first set to come out strong in the second as they took an early advantage and didn't look back, winning the set, 6-3.
"We played a good match today in tough conditions and we are looking forward to another tough match tomorrow," Cash said.
The All-American duo now has 35 doubles victories and has defeated seven ranked doubles teams on the year.
Tomorrow, Cash/Kadhe will battle UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship.
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NCAA Doubles Championship | Round of 16 | Tulsa, Oklahoma
No. 10 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) def. No. 40 Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek (USD), 7-5, 6-3.