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OMAHA, Neb. - Oral Roberts University fought hard but was narrowly defeated by Omaha, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon. Fabian Zierleyn led the way with victories in both his singles and doubles matches, running his record at No. 1 singles to 4-3.

The loss drops ORU to 0-8 as a club, while the Mavericks improve to 3-3.

Omaha scored a crucial point by winning two of three doubles matches. Carlos Ramos Salazar and Conner Tieszen won the top flight, 8-4, over Jason Mechali and Pedro Moreno, while on court three, Connor Larson teamed with Matt Frost for an 8-6 victory over Parker Allen and Braxton Bates.

ORU’s lone doubles win came on court two, where Zierleyn teamed with Nathaniel Avery for an 8-7 (7-1) triumph over Eric McKnight and Erik Anderson.

ORU scored victories on the top two singles courts. Zierleyn rallied to top Tieszen, 5-7, 6-1, 7-5, for a win in the top flight, and Mechali blasted McKnight, 6-3, 6-2, on the second court.

The Mavericks got a point back on court three, where Larson dropped Moreno, 6-3, 6-3, but Allen was victorious in the fourth flight, 6-2, 6-2, over Ramos.

Omaha needed wins on the bottom two courts, and they got them. John Ellis won in the fifth flight, a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Avery, and Frost edged Bates by a 6-3, 6-2 count.

The Golden Eagles will finish off their road trip on Sunday afternoon, when they face Kansas City.

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