Sept. 24, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma men's tennis program is set to compete in another fall tournament, this time in the Baylor Invitational, Sept. 25-27, at the Baylor Tennis Center in Waco, Texas.
"It is a great opportunity for some of our younger guys to compete against strong competition," said head coach John Roddick. "Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M and ourselves are all bringing, for the most part, their top guys."
Competing in the tournament this weekend are senior Andrei Daescu, sophomore George Chanturia, junior Ionut Beleleu and freshman Costin Paval.
"It will be a good tournament for guys to get some ranked wins," said Roddick.
OU is led by the No. 40 singles player in the nation, Andrei Daescu. At the Midland Invitational Daescu advanced to the semifinals in singles and the championship in doubles. Roddick has high hopes for the senior this weekend.
"I would like to see Andrei have a good week," said Roddick. "This is a perfect opportunity for him to go out and play a little better this week. It is always good when you can go deep in a tournament like he did last week, but you don't want to lose to players you feel you can beat more often than you would lose to them."
The Sooners are also anxious to see how the newest Sooner, Costin Paval, competes in this weekend's tournament.
"This is big for Costin, as a freshman, to see where he stacks up against some of the better players," said Roddick.
OU is one of 23 teams to be represented in the singles and doubles sessions including host Baylor, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Abilene Christian, Arkansas, Denver, New Mexico State, Oklahoma Christian, Oklahoma State, Rice, TCU, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Louisiana-Lafayette, UNLV, Air Force, Texas, Texas A&M, UT Arlington, UTSA, Wichita State and Wisconsin.