Jan. 5, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association released the 2010 preseason rankings, Tuesday. Oklahoma enters the spring season ranked No. 44 nationally and possesses three players ranked in the top 69.
Leading the way for the Sooners is senior Andrei Daescu, No. 10 nationally and No. 1 in the central region. Daescu was last ranked No. 40 but vaulted in the rankings after his second place finish at the D’Novo/ITA All-American Championships this past fall.
Junior Ionut Beleleu checks in at No. 59 nationally and No. 8 in the central region. Freshman Costin Paval enters the rankings for the first time in his young career at No. 69 nationally and No. 9 in the central region.
Sophomore George Chanturia fell just outside of the top-125 but was ranked No. 19 in the central region.
In doubles Daescu and Beleleu comprised to form the No. 5 doubles team in the central region.
“I am really proud of the way our guys played in the fall and I think it shows in the pre-season rankings,” said John Roddick. “They are going to have a tough task this season but they have the necessary skills to have a successful season.”
Oklahoma’s 2010 schedule is filled with ranked opponents. In fact, all 17 of OU’s opponents are ranked in the top 65, six of which rank in the top 25.
The Sooners start off the year in Palo Alto, Calif., for the first round of the National Team Indoors. OU’s first match pits them against San Diego State on Friday, Jan. 29. The following day OU will either face UNC Wilmington or traditional powerhouse Stanford.
“Going out to Stanford is a great opportunity for us to start off the year,” said Roddick. “I’m really thrilled about our home schedule in February. There are a lot of good teams coming to Norman. There are a lot of opportunities for us to get some highly ranked wins.”
From there the Sooners return to Norman for five-straight home matches. The Sooners begin February hosting two schools from the SEC, Arkansas and Alabama. Then the Sooners host Bedlam on Feb. 21, before closing out the month of February against a pair of Big 10 opponents, Minnesota and Indiana.
March begins with a match against Wichita State followed by a trip to Fort Worth, Texas, to take on TCU. Following that the Sooners head back to the Blue-Gray National Classic in Montgomery, Ala., from March 18-21.
The treacherous Big 12 schedule begins in College Station, Texas, against the Aggies and OU stays in Texas for a March 28 match against the Longhorns in Austin.
OU then travels to Tulsa on April 1 before heading to Stillwater for the second edition of Bedlam on April 7. The Sooners step out of conference play on April 11 to take on the Rice Owls in Houston.
Oklahoma closes out the regular season with three-straight home matches against Baylor, April 16, Texas Tech, April 18, and Nebraska, April 23.
The 2010 Big 12 Championships will be held April 30 through May 2 at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin, Texas.
“With our schedule we have every chance to get in the tournament so long as we take care of the business we need to,” said Roddick. “I know we have the opportunity to do great things and that is all you can ask for.”
2010 Oklahoma Men's Tennis Schedule
|Jan. 29-30||National Team Indoors (First Round)||Palo Alto, Calif.|
|Feb. 11-14||National Team Indoors||TBD|
|Feb. 12||Arkansas||Norman, Okla.|
|Feb. 19||Alabama||Norman, Okla.|
|Feb. 21||Oklahoma State||Norman, Okla.|
|Feb. 26||Minnesota||Norman, Okla.|
|Feb. 28||Indiana||Norman, Okla.|
|March 11||TCU||Fort Worth, Texas|
|March 18-21||Blue-Gray Classic||Montgomery, Ala.|
|March 26||Texas A&M||College Station, Texas|
|March 28||Texas||Austin, Texas|
|April 1||Tulsa||Tulsa, Okla.|
|April 7||Oklahoma State||Stillwater, Okla.|
|April 11||Rice||Houston, Texas|
|April 16||Baylor||Norman, Okla.|
|April 18||Texas Tech||Norman, Okla.|
|April 23||Nebraska||Norman, Okla.|
|April 30 - May 31||Big 12 Championships||Austin, Texas|