NORMAN, Okla. Oklahoma men’s tennis team had its opportunities in singles and doubles to put away No. 15 Texas A&M Saturday at the OU Headington Family Tennis Center. However, the Aggies hung around and took advantage of the Sooners mistakes to capture a 4-3 win in their Big 12 Conference opener. Texas A&M moved 8-5 on the season, while Oklahoma dropped to 13-3 and 0-3 in league play.
OU’s three Big 12 losses have been against top 15 programs No. 1 Baylor, No. 10 Texas Tech and No. 15 Texas A&M.
The Sooners will have to bounce back quickly after their first home loss of the season as OU will host No. 27 Texas Sunday at 12 p.m. Texas opened its Big 12 schedule Saturday at Oklahoma State. Admission is free.
Texas A&M got on the scoreboard first by winning the doubles point. OU’s lone doubles win came from its No. 3 team of Alexei Ivanov and Federico Chavarria. The pair handed Yevgeny Supeko and Matt Bain an 8-5 loss. However, Ivanov, 6-4 junior, suffered a 6-3, 6-3 loss to Ante Matijevic at No. 2 singles to give the Aggies their third point of the match.
Scoring the first singles point of the match was OU’s No. 1 Marek Velicka. Velicka, 6-3 sophomore, came out strong and dominated the nation’s top freshman, Jerry Makowski, 6-1, 6-3. Velicka improved his overall mark to 12-4.
Oklahoma picked up its second point of the day at No. 3 singles when Ondrej Fukala fought back from a 3-0 deficit to win in straight sets against Bryan Wooten, 7-6 (6), 6-0. Fukala’s match was a thriller as the two players traded points but once the 6-5 senior came out the winner in the first set, he rolled past Wooten in the second set.
Texas A&M clinched the match at No. 4 singles. Brett Joelson came back to defeat OU’s Silviu Tanasoiu, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4. Tanasoiu was serving with a 4-2 lead in the third set but wasn’t able to finish.
The longest and final match of the day went to No. 5 singles as OU’s junior Tommy Garrison and TAMU’s Yevgeny Supeko battled for over two hours. Garrison, a junior, extended his winning streak to nine-straight matches with a come from behind 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory.
Garrison and the Sooners look to take that momentum into Sunday’s Red River battle.
No. 15 Texas A&M 4, No. 59 Oklahoma 3
OU Headington Tennis Complex
Saturday, April 02, 2005
No. 1 Marek Velicka (OU) def. No. 14 Jerry Makowski (TAMU) - 6-1, 6-3
No. 2 Ante Matijevic (TAMU) def. Alexei Ivanov (OU) - 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 Ondrej Fukala (OU) def. Bryan Wooten (TAMU) - 7-6 (6), 6-0
No. 4 Brett Joelson (TAMU) def. Silviu Tanasoiu (OU) - 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
No. 5 Tommy Garrison (OU) def. Yevgeny Supeko (TAMU) - 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
No. 6 Mohamend Daki (TAMU) def. Ryan Thomas (OU) - 6-4, 6-1
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 6, 3, 4, 5
No. 1 No. 31 Juelson/Matijebic (TAMU) def. Garrison/Fukala (OU) - 8-6
No. 2 Wooten/Zack Malmgren (TAMU) def. Velicka/Tanasoiu (OU) - 8-5
No. 3 Ivanov/Fererico Chavarria (OU) def. Yevgeny Supeko/Matt Bain (TAMU) - 8-5
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3