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OU Takes Down Wildcats in Tucson, 5-2
March 11, 2011

March 11, 2011

TUCSON – The 29th-ranked Oklahoma men’s tennis team downed No. 42 Arizona 5-2 at the LeNelle Robson Tennis Center Friday afternoon. 

Oklahoma (7-2) has won five straight contests since falling to then-No. 13 Louisville back on Feb. 11.

"We played very good doubles today and that gave us momentum going into singles," John Roddick said. "We played extremely well at 1 and 4 singles. It was a good effort at the top-four singles spots today."


The Sooners jumped out to a 1-0 lead after earning the doubles point for the second consecutive match. 

OU’s Costin Paval and Peerakit Siributwon struck first after claiming a win at the No. 2 doubles spot over Arizona’s Mario Urguidi and Andre Vidaller, 8-4. 

The Sooner duo of Tsvetan Mihov and Ionut Beleleu clinched the point for OU after they trounced the Wildcats’ Geoff Embry and Jason Zafiros, 8-2. 

Oklahoma continued its winning trend in singles as OU gained points at the No. 1, 4 and 2 positions. 

Paval, ranked No. 59 nationally, took over the No. 1 position for the Sooners and did not skip a beat as he defeated UA’s No. 107-ranked Andres Carrasco in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. The Romanian native remains undefeated on the year and boasts an 8-0 record on the year. 

Siributwong earned the Sooners second win in singles action after the nation’s No. 105-ranked singles players defeated UA’s Embry, 6-3, 6-2, at the No. 4 spot. 

Arizona won the next two points after winning at the No. 5 and 6 positions but the Sooners quickly ended the rally by clinching the match at the No. 2 spot. 

At the No. 2 spot, Beleleu dropped his first set, 6-4, but rallied to take the next two sets over Arizona’s Zafiros, 6-2, 6-2. 

The Sooners continue their tour of the west coast when they battle San Diego State on Sunday, March 13 at 1 p.m.  

 

 

  No. 29 Oklahoma 5, No. 42 Arizona 2

Doubles

1. Mihov/Beleleu (OU) def. Embry/Zafiros (UA), 8-2

2. Paval/Siributwong (OU) def. Urquidi/Vidaller (UA), 8-4

3. Formentera/Gavrila (OU) def. Carrasco/Thompson (UA), 6-2 (ret.)

Order of finish: 2, 1*, 3

 

Singles

1. No. 59 Costin Paval (OU) def. No. 107 Andres Carrasco (UA), 6-3, 6-2

2. No. 28 Ionut Beleleu (OU) def. Jason Zafiros (UA), 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

3. Andre Vidaller (UA) vs. Laurentiu Gavrila (OU), 6-4, 4-6, 4-2 (For.)

4. No. 105 Peerakit Siributwong (OU) def. Geoff Embry (UA), 6-3, 6-2

5. Kieren Thompson (UA) def. Tsvetan Mihov (OU), 6-3, 6-3

6. Mario Urquidi (UA) def. Lawrence Formentera (OU), 6-3, 6-3

Order of finish: 1, 4, 6, 5, 2*, 3

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