Oklahoma, Tulsa Meet in Regional Action

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 12, 2010

May 12, 2010

  2010 NCAA Regional Host 

 Match Information

Adults - $5
Youth - $3
Students - $3
Groups (10+) - $3

 NCAA Men Bracket
 NCAA Women Bracket 
 Internet Live Scoring
 Location Headington Family Tennis Center

Norman Regional Schedule

Friday, May 14
Texas vs. Wichita State at 11 a.m.
Arkansas vs. Oklahoma at 2 p.m.

Wichita State vs. Texas Tech at 11 a.m.
Tulsa vs. Oklahoma at 2 p.m.

Saturday, May 15
UT/WSU winner vs. UA/OU winner at 2 p.m

WSU/TTU winner vs. TU/OU winner at 2 p.m.

Ticket Information
*Youth = Age 3 through high school (2 and under is free)
* OU Students must present a valid student ID to receive the $3 admission
*Single session ticket is good for admission all day and for both men's and women's matches.
*All tickets are general admission.
*All tickets purchased in advanced will be held in will call.  Tickets held in will call will be able to be picked up from the OU Athletics Ticket Office in advance of the tournament or at least an hour before the first match on the first day of the tournament at the box office on site.
*Tickets will also be available for sale at least 1 hour prior to the first match on each day at the box office located in between the Headington Family Tennis Center and the Soccer Complex.


NORMAN, Okla. -  The 20th-ranked Oklahoma men's tennis team squares off against No. 40 Tulsa Friday, May 14 at 2 p.m., in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Championships at the Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman.

The Sooners (16-7, 2-5 Big 12) are the No. 2 seed in the Norman Regional, while Tulsa (16-10) enters the in-state dual as the No. 3 seed.  

Earlier in the season, OU edged then-No. 31 Tulsa, 4-3, on the road. The Sooners hold a 29-18 advantage over the Hurricane. Below are the results from the first meeting between the Sooners and the Hurricane.

"We had a tough one with them last time with it ending 4-3," head coach John Roddick said. "Our guys know that they are going to have to go out and play well and start quick in doubles. We have been working a lot on playing disciplined singles with good shot selection. If they do that then we should put ourselves in a good position."

On the year, OU has defeated 12 teams ranked in the ITA top-72, while each of the Sooners' losses has come against teams ranked in the ITA top 14. In addition, the Sooners have defeated San Diego State (No. 50) and OSU (No. 48) twice this season.

The Sooners are led by a trio of ranked individuals including: 28th-ranked Andrei Daescu, No. 65-ranked Ionut Beleleu (13-8) and No. 74 Costin Paval (16-4). In doubles, OU has two ranked tandems in No. 18 Daescu and Paval (9-6) and 49th-ranked Daescu and Beleleu. Daescu and Paval have defeated three pairs ranked in the top-30 and a total of five in the top 62.

Tulsa is led by 42nd-ranked Marcelo Arevalo, the Conference USA freshman of the year, and No. 60 Ashley Watling in singles, while Watling and Philip Stephens comprise the No. 24-ranked tandem in the nation.

The winner of Friday's match will face either the No. 1 seed Texas Tech or the No. 4 seed Wichita State Saturday, at 2 p.m.

In the result of inclement weather, match times and locations will be updated on SoonerSports.com.

  April 1 Results between then-No. 19 OU and No. 31 Tulsa

1. #55 Marcelo Arevalo (TLS) def. #23 Andrei Daescu (OU), 7-6, 5-7, 1-0 (10-7)
2. #50 Ashley Watling (TLS) def. #54 Ionut Beleleu (OU), 7-6, 7-5
3. #64 Costin Paval (OU) def. Philip Stephens (TLS), 7-5, 7-5
4. David Pultr (OU) def. Alastair Barnes (TLS), 7-6, 6-3
5. Lawrence Formentera (OU) def. Marko Ballok (TLS), 6-0, 7-6
6. Grant Ive (TLS) def. George Chanturia (OU), 7-5, 6-3
Order of finish: 5, 4, 6, 3, 2, 1

1. #47 Daescu/Paval (OU) def. #30 Stephens/Watling (TLS), 8-5
2. Beleleu/Pultr (OU) def. Ballok/Barnes (TLS), 8-1
3. Arevalo/Ive (TLS) def. Boswell/Formentera (OU), 8-7
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3



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