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Men's Tennis Victorious in Fall Opener
September 14, 2007

Sept. 14, 2007

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The University of Oklahoma men's tennis team opened the fall slate Friday afternoon in match play action in style, winning all three singles matches and one doubles match at the Navy Invitational.

Sergey Avdeyev, Federico Chavarria and Ryan Thomas all disposed of their competition in singles.  The trio handled their business in doubles action as well, winning both of their matches.

"I am very pleased with the way we started and Navy is a good opponent," head coach Paul Lockwood said.

Avdeyev, playing No.1 singles, defeated Nate Nelms of Navy in two sets, winning 7-5, 6-2.  Chavarria, playing No. 3, defeated Jason Hill of Navy by a score of (1-6), 6-1, 6-3.  Thomas, at No. 5 disposed of Alex James of Navy in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4.

"I thought the guys fought hard and played very well.  Navy challenged us and the guys responded," Lockwood said

In doubles action, the tandem of Chavarria and Thomas made quick work of the Navy duo of Nelms and Johnny Waters by winning 8-2 in No. 1 doubles.  Avdeyev teamed up with Jorge Villanueva of Arkansas in No. 3 doubles to defeat the Navy twosome of Hill and Smoke, 9-7.

"I am proud of Ryan and Federico for starting out strong and finishing strong in their doubles match.  And the same with Sergey in how he hung in after being down and came back to take the match," Lockwood continued.

OU continues play Saturday afternoon when they battle Arkansas and St. Joseph's at 1 p.m. Central.

The Sooners continue their fall schedule on the road next week when they travel to Waco, Texas, for the Baylor HEB Intercollegiate, Sept. 21-23.

Results:

Singles
1.  Sergey Avdeyev (OU) def. Nate Nelms (Navy), 7-5, 6-2
3.  Federico Chavarria (OU) def. Jason Hill (Navy), (1-6), 6-1, 6-3
5.  Ryan Thomas (OU) def. Alex James (Navy), 6-1, 6-4

Doubles
1.  Thomas/Chavarria (OU)
def. Nelms/Waters (Navy), 8-2
3.  Avdeyev (OU)/Villanueva (UA) def. Hill/Smoke (Navy), 9-7

Notes:

-Sergey Avdeyev improved his career singles record at the Navy Invitational to 3-0 with his victory over Nelms and moved to 3-1 in doubles with his victory.

-Federico Chavarria moved to 5-2 all-time in singles matches and 7-0 in doubles matches at the Navy Invitational with his Friday victories.

-Ryan Thomas is now 2-2 in singles and 4-0 in doubles play in Annapolis.

-None of the matches will count towards a team's win/loss record.  The invitational is a round-robin tournament between the individuals and not the teams.

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