May 13, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma's 2011 season came to an end at the hands of 36th-ranked Tulsa, 4-2, in the first round of the NCAA Championships at the Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman Friday.
“I want to give a lot of credit to Tulsa today,” John Roddick said. “They showed they are a great team and are well-deserving. It was a disappointing way to end the season and hopefully we can learn from this experience.”
Oklahoma (16-8, 5-4 Big 12) entered NCAA play for the seventh time in school history and dropped its first match to Tulsa since head coach John Roddick took over the program last season. The 20th-ranked Sooners finish the year 16 wins and advnanced to the Big 12 Championship match for the first time in school history.
The Golden Hurricane (20-7) struck first in doubles after TU's 24th-ranked duo comprised of Ashley Watling and Clifford Marsland defeated Oklahoma's Ionut Beleleu and Tsvetan Mihov, ranked No. 68, at the No. 1 spot, 8-2.
OU's 74th-ranked tandem, Costin Paval and Peerakit Siributwong, evened the tally after the duo defeated TU's Marcelo Arevalo and Japie De Klerk, 8-6, at the No. 2 position.
All eyes turned to the deciding match on court No. 3 between OU's Laurentiu Gavrila and Lawrence Formentera and Tulsa's Grant Ive and Tristan Jackson. The Sooner duo led 7-6 but dropped three straight to give TU the win, 9-7, and a 1-0 advantage heading into singles play.
In singles action the trend continued as OU dropped three matches at the No. 1, 5 and 6 spots to give the Golden Hurricane the victory.
Oklahoma's Formentera evened the score, 1-1, after he dismantled Tulsa's 99th-ranked Marsland, 6-4, 6-1, at the No. 4 spot. Formentera, the Big 12 regular season champion at No. 5 singles, earned his first win of the year at the No. 4 spot.
Jackson put the Golden Hurricane ahead, 2-1, after he downed Oklahoma's Mihov, 6-4, 7-5, at the No. 6 position.
The Sooners' 41st-ranked Paval tied the dual at 2-2 after the Romanian native routed Tulsa's 62nd-ranked De Klerk, 6-3, 6-2, at the No. 2 position. Paval, an All-Big 12 selection, won seven of his last nine matches and avenged his regular season loss to De Klerk.
Tulsa regained the lead after taking a heated battle at the No. 5 position, where TU's Ive outlasted OU's Siributwong. Ive took the first set, 6-4, but Siributwong evened the match after taking the second set, 6-2. In the third set Siributwong sustained a leg injury and eventually dropped the set, 7-5.
The Golden Hurricane clinched the match after winning a three-set match at the No. 1 spot between TU's No. 27-ranked Arevalo and OU's 24th-ranked Beleleu. Beleleu took the first set, 6-3, but dropped the following two sets in identical fashion, 6-3.
NCAA action continues Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m., at the Headington Family Tennis Center when No. 14 Texas and 36th-ranked Tulsa compete to make the Round of 16 which takes place in Stanford, Calif.
OU's Beleleu and Paval will take to the courts on May 25-28 in the singles portion of the 2011 NCAA Championships at the Taube Tennis Center in Stanford, Calif., following the conclusion of the team championship.
Tulsa (20-7) 4, Oklahoma (16-8) 2
1. Marcelo Arevalo, Tulsa (15-4) def. Ionut Beleleu, Oklahoma (13-9), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
2. Costin Paval, Oklahoma (17-6) def. Japie De Klerk, Tulsa (20-3), 6-3, 6-2
3. Laurentiu Gavrila, Oklahoma (13-8) vs. Ashley Watling, Tulsa (17-5), 7-5, 6-4, DNF
4. Lawrence Formentera, Oklahoma (15-6) def. Clifford Marsland, Tulsa (15-7), 6-4, 6-1
5. Grant Ive, Tulsa (10-10) def. Peerakit Siributwong, Oklahoma (11-11), 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
6. Tristan Jackson, Tulsa (12-11) def. Tsvetan Mihov, Oklahoma (13-9), 6-4, 7-5
1. Watling/Marsland, Tulsa (15-9) def. Beleleu/Mihov, Oklahoma (5-14), 8-2
2. Paval/Siributwong, Oklahoma (11-5) def. Arevalo/De Klerk, Tulsa (16-3), 8-6
3. Ive/Jackson, Tulsa (4-0) def. Gavrila/Formentera, Oklahoma (11-7), 9-7
Order of Finish
Singles - 4, 6, 2, 5, 1
Doubles - 1, 2, 3