April 28, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The 12th-ranked Oklahoma men's tennis team, the top overall seed, advanced to the Big 12 Championship finals after rolling fifth-seeded Texas A&M, 4-1, at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center Saturday.
Oklahoma (17-3, 6-0 Big 12) won its 11th-straight match and will face Baylor on Sunday, April 29 at noon.
"It was a great effort by the guys today," John Roddick said. "Doubles was again probably the difference maker. In singles we played really well, but we need to do a better job of closing out some sets a little earlier, which was why it got a little too entertaining there at the end.
"It's time to get ready for tomorrow. The guys should have some confidence going into tomorrow as far as how they are playing."
Oklahoma jumped out to a 1-0 advantage after the Sooners won at the No. 2 and 3 positions and carried that momentum into singles.
OU's 57th-ranked Tsvetan Mihov and Peerakit Siributwong easily handled Texas A&M's Niall Angus and John Lewis, 8-2, at the No. 2 spot.
Lawrence Formentera and David Pultr clinched the doubles point after the duo handed A&M's Colin Hoover and Alexis Klegou an 8-4 loss at the No. 3 position.
In singles action, OU took three of the first four matches to clinch the match to move on to tomorrow's finals.
Guillermo Alcorta gave OU a 2-0 advantage after the nation's 63rd-ranked player disposed of Texas A&M's Junior Ore in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, at the No. 2 position. Alcorta, the Big 12's No. 2 position champion, improved to 16-3 on the year and has now won 11-straight.
Dane Webb, ranked No. 97, strung together his 11th-consecutive victory after the freshman downed the Aggies' John Lewis, 6-4, 6-1, at the No. 5 spot. Webb, the No. 5 singles champion, put the Sooners ahead 3-0.
The Aggies' Hoover gave A&M its first point of the match after he rallied to defeat OU's Mihov at the No. 3 spot.
Peerakit Siributwong clinched the match for the Sooners at the No. 4 position where he downed A&M's Jeremy Efferding in straight set fashion, 7-6(6), 7-5.
"Our guys battled. To blow leads like we blew and then end up closing it out, I am proud of the guys for that," Roddick said. "That is the hardest thing to do in our sport, really in any sport, is when you have a big lead and then blow it and then pull yourself back together to close it out."
No. 1 Oklahoma 4, No. 5 Texas A&M 1
1. #14 Costin Paval (OU) vs. #34 Alexis Klegou (A&M), DNF
2. #63 Guillermo Alcorta (OU) def. Junior Ore (A&M), 6-3, 6-1
3. Colin Hoover (A&M) def. Tsvetan Mihov (OU), 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
4. Peerakit Siributwong (OU) def. Jeremy Efferding (A&M) 7-6(6), 7-5
5. #97 Dane Webb (OU) def. John Lewis (A&M), 6-4, 6-1
6. Lawrence Formentera (OU) vs. Jackson Withrow (A&M), DNF
Order of finish: 2, 5, 3, 4*
1. #11 Costin Paval/Dane Webb (OU) vs. #47 Junior Ore/Jackson Withrow (A&M), DNF
2. #57 Tsvetan Mihov/Peerakit Siributwong (OU) def. Niall Angus/John Lewis (A&M), 8-2
3. Lawrence Formentera/David Pultr (OU) def. Colin Hoover/Alexis Klegou (A&M), 8-4
Order of finish: 2, 3