April 13, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. - The 13th-ranked Oklahoma men's tennis team tallied their eighth straight win after OU downed No. 28 Baylor, 4-3, on Friday inside the Gregg Wadley Tennis Pavilion.
"The doubles probably ended up being the deciding factor," John Roddick said. "Going out and getting that point gave us a little room for error in singles. We had three guys that came out and took care of business and won in straight sets."
The Sooners (14-3) won their second consecutive match against Baylor (13-9, 1-2 Big 12) and improved to 3-0 in Big 12 play in front of one of the best crowds of the year.
"We had a great crowd tonight," Roddick said. "It was a loud group up there and we would love for them to keep coming back because they were loud, especially in doubles. They were awesome."
In doubles, OU claimed simultaneous wins at the No. 3 and 1 positions to clinch the doubles point and take a 1-0 lead.
Lawrence Formentera and David Pultr never trailed in their contest against the Bears' Julian Bley and Marko Krickovic at No. 3 singles and ended the match with an 8-5 victory.
Eighth-ranked Costin Paval and Dane Webb followed suit with an 8-6 win over Baylor's Mate Zsiga and Diego Galeano at the No. 1 position. The OU tandem fell behind early in the match, but knotted the score, 3-3, and never looked back.
Baylor secured its only win in doubles after Kike Grangeiro and Roberto Maytin defeated OU's Peerakit Siributwong and Tsvetan Mihov in a super tie-breaker set, 8-7(7).
In singles, OU won three out of the first four to finish off the Bears.
Baylor evened the score, 1-1, after the Bears' 95th-ranked Maytin edged OU's Mihov in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.
Guillermo Alcorta, ranked No. 84, gave OU a 2-1 advantage after the Spaniard earned a convincing, 6-3, 6-2, win over the Bears' Krickovic.
The Sooners extended their lead to 3-1 after Webb, a freshman from Richardson, Texas, earned a 6-2, 6-4 victory at No. 4 singles. The No. 101 singles player, Webb, improved to 15-1 on the year after he downed Baylor's Grangerio.
Siributwong, ranked No. 106 nationally, clinched the match for the Sooners at the No. 4 position where he downed Baylor's Galeano, 6-2, 7-5.
With the match already determined, Baylor tallied wins in the final two matches at the No. 6 and 1 positions.
"I'm just pleased with the way the whole team competed regardless of whether they won or lost," Roddick said. "I felt like we competed hard at just about every spot."
The Sooners return to the courts on Sunday, April 15 at 1 p.m., to take on No. 20 Texas Tech.
No. 13 Oklahoma 4, No. 28 Baylor 3
1. #23 Mate Zsiga (BU) def. #11 Costin Paval (OU), 0-6, 6-3, 6-1
2. #84 Guillermo Alcorta (OU) def. Marko Krickovic (BU), 6-3, 6-2
3. . #95 Roberto Maytin (BU) def. Tsvetan Mihov (OU), 6-3, 6-4
4. #106 Peerakit Siributwong (OU) def. Diego Galeano (BU), 6-2, 7-5
5. #101 Dane Webb (OU) def. Kike Grangeiro (BU), 6-2, 6-4
6. Julien Bley (BU) def. Lawrence Formentera (OU), 6-4, 3-2 ret.
Order of finish: 3, 2, 5, 4*, 6, 1
1. #8 Webb/Paval (OU) def. Zsiga/Galeano (BU), 8-6
2. Grangeiro/Maytin (BU) def. #58 Mihov/Siributwong (OU), 8-7(7)
3. Lawrence Formentera/Pultr (OU) def. Bley/Krickovic (BU), 8-5
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2