May 1, 2011
WACO, Texas – Twenty-fifth ranked Oklahoma’s run at a Big 12 Championship came to an end at the hands of ninth-ranked Texas A&M Sunday as the Aggies claimed a, 4-0, victory in the finals of the 2011 Big 12 Championships at the Baylor Tennis Center.
“It was a tough way to go but that’s how it goes sometimes,” John Roddick said. “I thought we played pretty well in singles, but A&M has a good team and I think they’re realistically the best team in the Big 12 even though they lost here (at Baylor during the regular season).”
Oklahoma (16-7, 5-4 Big 12), the No. 5 seed, earned a spot in the finals for the first time in program history after defeating fourth seed Texas Tech, 4-0, in the quarterfinals and the top seed Baylor, 4-3, in the semifinals. The Sooners became the lowest seed ever to advance to the Big 12 Championship final.
“For our program it’s a big step, because we’ve never been to the finals of the tournament,” Roddick exclaimed. “All these new experiences for our guys are going to pay off. We have a really young team, probably the youngest team in the country, so playing these matches is only going to help them. Just being there and having that experience is going to be crucial going forward.”
The Sooners dropped the doubles point for the first time in Big 12 tournament action after Texas A&M earned wins at the No. 1 and 3 positions.
At the No. 1 spot, A&M’s fourth-ranked Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo downed the Sooners’ No. 70-ranked tandem comprised of Ionut Beleleu and Tsvetan Mihov, 8-2.
Colin Hoover and Alberto Bautista clinched the point for the Aggies after the duo defeated Oklahoma’s Lawrence Formentera and Laurentiu Gavrila, 8-6.
The Aggies continued their momentum into singles action by winning three straight after taking the doubles point. A&M claimed wins at the No. 2, 5, and 4 spots to earn the title.
A&M’s Dadamo gave the Aggies a 2-0 lead after the 36th-ranked singles player defeated OU’s 48th-ranked Costin Paval, 6-3, 6-4, at the No. 2 singles spot.
Oklahoma’s Formentera, the Big 12 regular season champion at No. 5 singles, was the next to fall as he lost in straight sets to A&M’s Hoover, 7-5, 6-2.
The final match came at the No. 4 position where the Aggies’ Alexis Klegou, ranked No. 89, defeated OU’s Peerakit Siributwong, 6-4, 7-6(2).
The Sooners will turn their attention towards the NCAA Division I Tennis Championships Selection Show, which will air on www.NCAA.com and is scheduled to begin at 4:30 on Tuesday, May 3.
Big 12 Championship Finals Results
No. 9 Texas A&M 4, No. 25 Oklahoma 0
1. #18 Austin Krajicek (TAMU) vs. #30 Ionut Beleleu (OU), DNF
2. #36 Jeff Dadamo (TAMU) def. #48 Costin Paval (OU), 6-3,6-4
3. Alexey Grigorov (TAMU) vs. Laurentiu Gavrila (OU), DNF
4. #89 Alexis Klegou (TAMU) def. Peerakit Siributwong (OU), 6-4,7-6(2)
5. Colin Hoover (TAMU) def. Lawrence Formentera (OU), 7-5,6-2
6. Niall Angus (TAMU) vs. Tsvetan Mihov (OU), DNF
Order of finish: 2, 5, 4
1. #4 Krajicek/Dadamo (TAMU) def. #70 Beleleu/Mihov (OU), 8-2
2. #61 Junior Ore/Grigorov (TAMU) vs. #73 Paval/Siributwong (OU), DNF
3. #90 Hoover/Bautista (TAMU) vs. Formentera/Gavrila (OU), 8-6
Order of finish: 1, 3