Oct. 25, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma men's tennis team began play Thursday in Tulsa, Okla., at the 2007 ITA Central Regional Championships.
Sophomore Andrei Daescu led the Sooners with two victories on Thursday. Daescu defeated Mark Tate of Nebraska by a score of 6-3, 6-2, in the round of 64. With the victory Daescu moved on to face Thiago Dos Santos in the round of 32 where he was victorious with a 6-1, 7-6 victory.
"Andrei started off very well and played great tennis today just as he has all fall, and it showed once again," head coach Paul Lockwood said.
Daescu now moves to the round of 16, where he will face Christopher Nott of Arkansas. The two will begin play Friday morning at 9 a.m.
Senior Federico Chavarria defeated his first round opponent, Adrian Chermaci of Wichita State, by a score of 7-6, 6-4. Chavarria then moved on to play Blake Stroud of Arkansas in the round of 32 where he was defeated 6-4, 6-4. With the loss Chavarria is eliminated from the tournament.
Senior Ryan Thomas opened play in round one against Halvar Dill of Drake. Thomas defeated Dill by a score of 6-3, (5-7), 6-2. The victory moved Thomas to the round of 32 where he was defeated by Will Gray of Tulsa, 6-0, 6-0. The loss eliminates Thomas from competition.
"All three of our guys started off very well and played some excellent tennis. Federico and Ryan were defeated by higher seeded opponents but showed that they are capable of playing great tennis and I am very confident they will bounce back in our next competition," Lockwood continued.
The doubles team of Chavarria and Daescu easily defeated the duo of Kevin Gardner and Scott McKormick of Wichita State as the Sooners won by a score of 8-0. The victory moves the tandem to the round of 16, where they will face the winner of the Arkansas Little Rock, Illinois State match.
The tournament will run through Sunday, Oct. 28, with the winners of the singles and doubles competition receiving draws in the ITA National Indoor Championships held in Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 1-4.
The winner and runner-up of the tournament in singles competition will advance to Columbus along with the winning team in doubles action.
The Sooners are nearing the end of the fall slate with this weekends competition and the indoor championships the Sooners have only one competition left. Oklahoma will compete in the UNLV Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 2-4.