March 29, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. – The 27th-ranked Oklahoma men’s tennis team downed No. 31 Tulsa, 4-3, inside the Gregg Wadley Tennis Pavilion Tuesday night.
“We won against a very good Tulsa team,” John Roddick said. “We’ve played the best guys in the country and they are right there. They are a dangerous team and for us to come back after the weekend we had, against two really tough teams in Texas and Texas A&M, and beat Tulsa was a big win.”
Roddick is now 3-0 against Tulsa as Oklahoma (11-4, 1-1 Big 12) won its third straight match over the Golden Hurricane and improved its all-time record to 31-18.
Oklahoma struck first by taking the early, 1-0, lead after winning at the No. 3 and 1 doubles positions.
“The doubles point ended up being huge,” Roddick said. “You never know when it is going to end up being the difference maker. It’s hard to say that was the difference but it was huge to get it, especially as good as they are.”
Laurentiu Gavrila and Lawrence Formentera earned the Sooners first victory after the duo throttled the Golden Hurricane’s Alastair Barnes and Grant Ive, 8-5, at the No. 3 spot.
OU’s Ionut Beleleu and Tsvetan Mihov rallied from a 5-3 deficit to defeat TU’s 24th-ranked tandem comprised of Clifford Marsland and Ashley Watling, 8-6, at the No. 1 position.
In singles action, the Sooners took three of six matches, which included wins at the No. 3, 5, and 6 spots.
Mihov gave OU a 2-point advantage after he quickly disposed of TU’s Tristan Jackson at the No. 6 spot, 6-1, 6-3.
OU’s lead grew to three after Formentera defeated Tulsa’s Ive, 6-3, 7-5, at the No. 5 spot.
Tulsa edged within 1-point of the Sooners after OU dropped battles at the No. 2 and 4 positions.
Gavrila clinched the match for OU after he defeated the Golden Hurricane’s Marsland at No. 3. The Romanian native took the first set, 6-3, but fell in the second, 6-1. In the third set, Gavrila would not be denied the victory as he won convincingly, 6-3.
OU’s 30th-ranked Beleleu and TU’s No. 46-ranked Marcelo Arevalo closed out the evening with a contested battle at the No. 1 position. Beleleu took the first set, 7-6(3), but dropped the second, 6-3. With the match already decided, Beleleu fell shy of the win as he fell 6-3.
Oklahoma returns to the courts next Wednesday, April 6, when they host Oklahoma State in a Bedlam showdown at 5 p.m.
No. 27 Oklahoma 4, No. 31 Tulsa 3
1. Beleleu/Mihov (OU) def. No. 24 Marsland/Watling (TU), 8-6
2. No. 86 Arevalo/De Klerk (TU) def. No. 42 Paval/Siributwong (OU), 8-6
3. Gavrila/Formentera (OU) def. Barnes/Ive (TU), 8-5
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
1. No. 46 Marcelo Arevalo (TU) def. No. 30 Ionut Beleleu (OU), 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-3
2. No. 99 Japie De Klerk (TU) def. No. 79 Costin Paval (OU), 7-5, 6-4
3. Laurentiu Gavrila (OU) def. Clifford Marsland (TU), 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
4. No. 80 Ashley Watling (TU) def. Peerakit Siributwong (OU), 6-4, 6-3
5. Lawrence Formentera (OU) def. Grant Ive (TU), 6-3, 7-5
6. Tsvetan Mihov (OU) def. Tristan Jackson (TU), 6-1, 6-3
Order of finish: 6, 5, 2, 4, 3*, 1