No. 20 OU Drops Match to Texas Tech, 5-2

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 18, 2010

April 18, 2010

NORMAN, Okla. – 20th-ranked Oklahoma (15-6, 1-4) closed out the weekend with a 5-2 loss to No. 16 Texas Tech Sunday, inside the Gregg Wadley Tennis Pavilion.

“All in all I’m proud of our effort and proud of how the guys competed hard and pushed themselves mentally,” head coach John Roddick said. "The effort is there and that is all you can ask. If we keep putting that effort out, good things will happen. We just have to keep putting in that effort.”

For the second-consecutive match the doubles point was decided by a heated tiebreaker set, this time at the No. 3 position. Like Friday’s match against No. 11 Baylor, the Sooners fell short, giving the Red Raider’s (20-3, 3-2) the 1-0 lead.

OU’s 15th-ranked duo comprised of senior Andrei Daescu and freshman Costin Paval (9-5) ended their four-match winning streak after falling to TT’s No. 20 Raony Carvalho and Rafael Garcia. On the year, the Oklahoma tandem has defeated four pairs ranked in the top-35 and six total in the top 62.

Juniors David Pultr and Ionut Beleleu (10-7) got the Sooners back on the winning track when they took out the Red Raiders’ Andre Stabile and Gonzalo Escobar at the No. 2 position, 8-5.

The deciding point came down to the No. 3 spot where the Sooners’ Blake Boswell and Lawrence Formentera (10-5) rallied to tie the set at eight-all before dropping the tiebreaker set to Tech’s Vitor Manzini and David Gonzalez, 9-8(5).

Singles action began with the Red Raiders extending their lead to 2-0 after claiming a decisive win at the No. 5 position.

Pultr (12-7) answered back for the Sooners, at the No. 4 spot, when he beat TT’s Stabile in straight-sets, 7-6, 6-1. Pultr is 2-0 on the weekend after he beat Baylor’s Roberto Maytin on Friday.

The Red Raiders jumped ahead 3-0 after Pfister downed OU’s George Chanturia (10-6) at the No. 6 position.

OU’s Paval (15-4) brought the Sooners within one point of Texas Tech, 3-2, after rallying from a 4-1 deficit to take the second set, 6-4, which duplicated the outcome of the first set.

The Red Raiders clinched the match after Carvalho defeated OU’s Beleleu in three sets at the No. 1 position.

TT claimed its last point at the No. 2 position where Escobar downed OU’s Daescu in the third set.

“We’ve made a lot of strides this year, but we still have a little ways to go,” Roddick said. “Our guys competed hard all weekend and gave themselves chances. We just have to capitalize on those chances and that is a learning process.”

Oklahoma hosts No. 40 Nebraska to close out the regular season on Friday, April 23 at 6 p.m.

 No. 16 Baylor 5, No. 20 Oklahoma 2

1. #20 Carvalho/Garcia (TT) def. #15 Daescu/Paval, 8-3
2. Pultr/Beleleu (OU) def. #59 Stabile/Escobar, 8-5
3. Manzini/David Gonzalez (TT) def. Blake Boswell/Formentera, 9-8(5)
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3*

1. #15 Raony Carvalho (TT) def. #72 Ionut Beleleu (OU), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
2. #58 Gonzalo Escobar (TT) def. #29 Andrei Daescu (OU), 6-7, 6-3, 6-1
3. # 68 Costin Paval (OU) def. Rafael Garcia (TT), 6-4, 6-4
4. David Pultr (OU) def. Andre Stabile (TT), 7-6(4), 6-1
5. Vitor Manzini (TT) def. Lawrence Formentera (OU), 6-4, 6-1
6. Raphael Pfister (TT) def. George Chanturia (OU), 7-5, 6-2
Order of finish: 5, 4, 6, 3, 1*, 2



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