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Men's Tennis Breezes by Memphis
March 09, 2008

March 9, 2008

NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma men's tennis (5-4) defeated the Memphis Tigers (5-6), 5-2 on Sunday afternoon at the first home match for the Sooners at the Headington Family Tennis Center.

Oklahoma once again started strong taking two-out-of three doubles matches to earn the doubles point and taking the early lead 1-0.

"We fought hard today and that was the best part of the victory," head coach Paul Lockwood said.

Federico Chavarria and Andrei Daescu defeated Amrit Narasimhan and Charlie Ramsay at No. 1 doubles, 8-4.   The victory was the duos seventh on the season.

That victory was followed up by Sergey Avdeyev and Vlad Marinescu's victory at No.  3 doubles over Michael Gaerthoeffner and Benedict Fischer, 8-2.

Ionut Beleleu and Ryan Thomas were defeated at No. 2 doubles, 8-3, by Jimmy Khougassian and Leon Nasemann.

No. 27 Daescu picked up his second consecutive victory as he defeated Narasimhan in No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-3.

"I am excited about where my game is right now and where we are as a team," Daescu said.  "We have a tough assignment at the Blue-Gray Classic next weekend but we will be ready to play up to our potential."

Beleleu, playing No. 3 singles, defeated Jordan Smith taking the match, 6-4, 6-3.  The victory gave the Sooners a 3-1 advantage over the Tigers. 

Marinescu, playing No. 4 singles, defeated Gaerthoeffner, 7-6, (4-6), 1-0 (9), to clinch the match for the Sooners, 4-1.

Chavarria was the only other Sooner to pick up a singles victory as he defeated Charlie Ramsay at No. 5 singles, 6-3, (2-6), 6-2.  The win was the seniors second straight

Avdeyev, playing No. 2 singles, was defeated by Nasemann, 6-3, (4-6), 7-6. 

Thomas, who played No. 6 singles was defeated in a super tiebreaker by Benedict Fischer, (6-7) (6), 7-5, 1-0 (9).

"The main thing we did today was pick up the four points that we needed to win and we did that," Lockwood continued.  "The two guys that lost are going to be fine and I know that they will make a concerted effort to pick up there games before next weekend."

Next up, the Sooners travel to Montgomery, Ala., for the 59th Blue-Gray National Classic on Thursday, March 13-16.  The classic will be hosted at Montgomery's Lagoon Park Tennis Complex and Notre Dame is the defending champion.

SINGLES
No. 1 Andrei Daescu (OU)
def. Amrit Narasimhan (UM), 6-0, 6-3
No. 2 Leon Nasemann (UM) def. Sergey Avdeyev (OU), 6-3, (4-6), 7-6
No. 3 Ionut Beleleu (OU) def. Jordan Smith  (UM), 6-4, 6-3
No. 4 Vlad Marinescu (OU) def. Michael Gaerthoeffner (UM), 7-6, (4-6), 1-0 (9)
No. 5 Federico Chavarria (OU) def. Charlie Ramsay (UM), 6-3, (2-6), 6-2
No. 6 Benedict Fischer (UM) def. Ryan Thomas (OU), (6-7) (6), 7-5, 1-0 (9)

DOUBLES
No. 1 Chavarria/Daescu (OU) def. Narasimhan/Ramsay (UM), 8-4
No. 2 Khougassian/Nasemann (UM) def. Beleleu/Thomas (OU), 8-3
No. 3 Avdeyev/Marinescu (OU) def. Gaerthoeffner/Fischer (UM), 8-2

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