April 29, 2011
|No. 25 Oklahoma (15-6, 4-3 Big 12) at the Big 12 Championships|
|Semifinal Info||Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 9 a.m.|
|Opponent||No. 5 Baylor (19-3, 6-0 Big 12)|
|Location||Waco, Texas | University of Baylor|
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WACO, Texas - The 25th-ranked Oklahoma men's tennis team advanced to the semifinals of the Big 12 Championships after cruising past No. 21 Texas Tech, 4-0, Friday morning at the Baylor Tennis Center. The fifth-seeded Sooners will take on No. 1 seed and fifth-ranked Baylor on Saturday at 9 a.m.
"I think just sneaking out the doubles point, we almost let that slip," John Roddick said. "We were in control of it then we ended up having to save match point. I think just coming through that eliminates a little doubt. I think the guys are comfortable playing here and that always helps. It showed in the singles. Our guys didn't doubt themselves at all on any courts really."
Roddick's squad (15-6, 4-3 Big 12) earned the early doubles point after winning at the No. 2 and 3 doubles positions. OU's 70th-ranked duo comprised of Ionut Beleleu and Tsvetan Mihov dropped their match at the No. 1 spot to the Red Raiders' 46th-ranked Gonzalo Escobar and Victor Manzini, 8-2.
Costin Paval and Peerakit Siributwong, ranked No. 73, then downed TT's Raony Carvalho and David Gonzalez, 8-6, at the No. 2 spot. Lawrence Formentera and Laurentiu Gavrila clinched the point for the Sooners after taking the tie-breaker set, 10-8, to defeat Tech's Jeff Bryan and Raphael Pfister, 9-8.
In singles, OU took the first three singles matches in straight sets at the No. 2, 3 and 4 spots to earn the sweep over Texas Tech.
Paval, ranked No. 48, started things off with a decisive 6-3, 6-0 victory over Tech's 24th-ranked Escobar at the No. 2 position.
Gavrila put OU ahead 3-0 after he downed the Red Raiders' Manzini in identical set fashion, 6-2, at No. 3 singles.
The Sooners' Siributwong clinched the match at the No. 4 spot after he took down Tech's Gabriel Wanderley, 6-3, 6-2.
With the win over Texas Tech, OU avenged its regular season loss to the Red Raiders and gave Roddick his first win in Big 12 tournament play.
The Sooners set their sights on top seeded Baylor, who edged out OU in their previous meeting, 4-3, on April 15 in Waco.
"I think we proved two weeks ago that we play can with them, but we also know that we played very well that day and lost," Roddick exclaimed. "It is a match that our guys have to be excited to play. They know they can play and have a chance to be in the match, but if we don't play focused and come out and play disciplined tennis, they also know Baylor could run away with it."
No. 25 Oklahoma 4, No. 21 Texas Tech 0
1. #46 Escobar/Manzini (Tech) def. #70 Beleleu/Mihov (OU), 8-2
2. #73 Paval/Siributwong (OU) def. Carvalho/David Gonzalez (Tech), 8-6
3. Formentera/Gavrila (OU) def. Jeff Bryan/Pfister (Tech), 9-8(8)
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
1. #23 Raony Carvalho (Tech) vs. #30 Ionut Beleleu (OU), 6-3, 1-1, DNF
2. #48 Costin Paval (OU) def. #24 Gonzalo Escobar (Tech), 6-3, 6-0
3. Laurentiu Gavrila (OU) def. Victor Manzini (Tech), 6-2, 6-2
4. Peerakit Siributwong (OU) def. Gabriel Wanderley (Tech), 6-3, 6-2
5. Lawrence Formentera (OU) vs. Raphael Pfister (Tech), 7-5, 4-1, DNF
6. Tsvetan Mihov (OU) vs. Ryan Ybarra (Tech), 6-1, 4-2, DNF
Order of finish: 2, 3, 4*
The Sooners are led by senior Ionut Beleleu, the ITA Central Region champion, and reigning All-American Costin Paval. Beleleu, a native of Romania, is ranked No. 30 nationally. Fellow Romanian Paval checks in at No. 48.
Beleleu and Tsvetan Mihov are ranked No. 70 in doubles play, while Paval and Peerakit Siributwong are ranked No. 73.
Baylor is led by John Peers, ranked No. 17 nationally. Four other Bears -- Sergio Ramirez (No. 69), Dennis Lengsfeld (No. 92), Kike Grangeiro (No. 99) and Roberto Maytin (No. 103) -- are ranked in the top 100. In doubles, Peers and Maytin are ranked fifth overall, while Jordan Rux and Ramirez check in at No. 43.
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FOLLOW THE SENIOR
Ionut Beleleu, OU's lone senior, has led the Sooners at the No. 1 position for the majority of the year. Beleleu, the 2010 ITA Central Region Champion, has a career record of 93-43 in singles and 59-54 in doubles. The Zalua, Romania native was named to the first team All-Big 12 and Academic All-Big 12 teams in 2010. This past fall Beleleu was one of 32 participants to make the cut to compete in the prestigious USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships.
PAVAL THE LEADER
Last year's Big 12 Newcomer of the Year started off the year winning nine in a row before falling to Virginia's second-ranked Alex Domijan on March 18. The Sooner is now 15-4 and is ranked No. 48.
Roddick's squad has seen four newcomers compete in the singles lineup this year. Laurentiu Gavrila has been steady at the No. 3 position, while Peerakit Siributwong is 7-4 at the No. 4 spot and 4-3 at No. 3. Tsvetan Mihov (12-8) has been instrumental for the Sooners, while Harry Warden has filled in at the No. 5 and 6 spots.
Oklahoma has tried nine different doubles tandems throughout the season and have won a total of 11 doubles points.
GAVRILA THE GREAT
Laurentiu Gavrila, a Romanian native, comes to Norman with a multitude of accolades to his name, including a career-high ATP, Associated of Tennis Professionals, singles ranking of 888. In doubles Gavrila was ranked as high as 721 in the world. Gavrila has been key for OU at the No. 3 spot where he boasts a 9-5 record (13-7 overall).
LAST TIME OUT
Oklahoma swept No. 21 Texas Tech in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championships, 4-0.