March 4, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. – The No. 26 Oklahoma (6-2) men’s tennis team won its fourth straight match with a 6-1 victory over No. 60 Northwestern (8-4) Friday at the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion.
“It was a good start with the doubles, probably the best doubles we’ve played all year,” said John Roddick. “No. 1 is always kind of a crapshoot, we lost 8-6 there and then played really well at 2 and 3. We went out and got four pretty quick points in the singles, that was good too.”
The Sooners jumped out to a 1-0 lead after taking the doubles point for only the third time this season. OU claimed the doubles point for the first time since its 6-1 win over Denver on Jan. 29.
Oklahoma’s pair of Costin Paval and Peerakit Siributwong dominated Andrew McCarthy and Tobias Reitz, 8-2, at the No. 2 position.
The Sooner duo of Laurentiu Gavril and Lawrence Formentera secured Oklahoma’s doubles point with an 8-4 victory over Chris Jackman and Raleigh Smith at the No. 3 position.
Oklahoma continued its momentum going into singles action where the Sooners won five-of-six.
Paval, ranked No. 59 in the country, continued to roll over the competition at the No. 2 position after he defeated Northwestern's Spencer Wolf, 6-3, 6-4. Paval is a perfect 6-0 this season in singles matches, all at the No. 2 position.
Paval’s doubles partner, Siributwong, replicated his partner's perfromance in his singles match. The Thailand native bested Reitz at the No. 4 position, 6-2, 6-2.
Freshman Tsvetan Mihov sealed the Sooners victory with a win at the No. 5 position over NU's Jackman, 6-2, 6-4. Mihov improved to 6-1 on the year, 4-1 at the No. 5 position.
The Sooners hot-streak continued when Oklahoma freshman Gavril took down Northwestern's McCarthy at the No. 3 spot, 6-2, 7-6 (3).
Oklahoma’s final point came at the No. 6 position from Formentera who defeated the Wildcats' Smith. Tied at one set apiece, the two were deadlocked at 6-6 in the third set and headed into a tiebreaker set. Formentera was suddenly overcome with sickness but decided to continue to compete.
In the tiebreaker, Formentera began experiencing more pain, this time in the form of harsh leg cramps. Unable to seek medical attention, the sophomore fought through and played on, taking the tiebreaker 10-8 and winning the point, 6-0, 2-6, 7-6(8).
“There are always going to be close matches,” said Roddick. “We lost one of them and won one of them. Then there was Formentera getting sick, you don’t see that everyday. It was a heck of a way to fight it out and find a way to win.”
The Wildcats only point of the day came at the No. 1 position, where OU’s Ionut Beleleu fell to Joshua Graves, 7-5, 6-7, 10-3.
The Sooners will take to the courts next at Arizona on March 11.
|No. 26 Oklahoma 6, No. 60 Northwestern 1|
1. Graves/Wolf (NU) def. Beleleu/Mihov (OU), 8-6
2. Paval/Siributwong (OU) def. McCarthy/Reitz (NU), 8-2
3. Gavrila/Formentera (OU) def. Jackman/Smith (NU), 8-4
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
1. Joshua Graves (NU) def. Ionut Beleleu (OU), 7-5, 6-7, 10-3
2. Costin Paval (OU) def. Spencer Wolf (NU), 6-3, 6-4
3. Laurentiu Gavrila (OU) def. Andrew McCarthy (NU), 6-2, 7-6 (3)
4. Peerakit Siributwong (OU) def. Tobias Reitz (NU), 6-2, 6-2
5. Tsvetan Mihov (OU) def. Chris Jackman (NU), 6-2, 6-4
6. Lawrence Formentera (OU) def. Raleigh Smith (NU), 6-0, 2-6, 7-6 (8)
Order of finish: 2, 4, 5*, 3, 1, 6