March 27, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. – The 30th-ranked University of Oklahoma men’s tennis team fell to No. 6 Texas A&M, 5-2, on Sunday inside the Gregg Wadley Tennis Pavilion.
The match was scheduled to be played outdoors but inclement weather forced action indoors, as Oklahoma (10-4, 1-1 Big 12) finished the opening weekend of Big 12 play with a 1-1 record. OU began the weekend with a come from behind, 4-3, win over No. 4 Texas on Friday.
“We lost a tough one today,” John Roddick said. “The doubles was really tight and in singles we lost five tiebreakers out of six and that was the difference. We fought hard to get into the tiebreakers and we need to do a better job, but the guys bounced back well from Texas and the quality of tennis was very good, which is really all we are concerned with.”
The Sooners held an early advantage in doubles after Costin Paval and Peerakit Siributwong handily defeated A&M’s No. 63-ranked tandem of Junior Ore and Alexey Grigorov, 8-3, at the No. 2 spot.
The Aggies’ second-ranked Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo then defeated OU’s Ionut Beleleu and Tsvetan Mihov at the No. 1 doubles position, 8-6, despite the fact the OU duo held a lead for the majority of the match.
Texas A&M took the point after OU’s Laurentiu Gavrila and Lawrence Formentera also gave up a lead and eventually the match to the Aggies’ Alberto Bautista and Colin Hoover, 8-6, at the No. 3 position.
In singles, OU won battles at the No. 1 and 5 positions but dropped four out of six overall.
OU gave up a 2-0 lead after Paval, ranked No. 65, was edged out by A&M’s No. 62-ranked Dadamo in identical sets, 7-6(2), at the No. 2 position.
Beleleu, ranked No. 34, picked up a huge win at the No. 1 spot and brought the Sooners within one after he downed the Aggies’ 23rd-ranked Krajicek in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6(4).
The Sooners fell behind, 3-1, after Gavrila dropped a heated third-set tiebreaker to A&M’s Alexis Klegou, ranked No. 100. Gavrila took the first set with ease, 6-2, but dropped the next two sets, 6-4, 7-6(4).
Formentera continued his hot-streak at the No. 5 position where he quickly disposed of A&M’s Bautista in identical sets, 6-1.
Oklahoma trailed 3-2 and for the second consecutive match the attention turned to the No. 4 and 6 positions where OU’s Siributwong and Mihov were battling A&M’s Grigorov and Hoover, respectively.
Siributwong, who clinched the match for the Sooners over No. 4 Texas on Friday after rallying from a 4-1 third-set deficit, was not able to earn the victory in Sunday’s match as he fell, 7-6(4), 6-4.
OU’s Mihov closed out the action at the No. 6 spot where he dropped the final point to the Aggies’ Hoover, 7-6(4), 6-2.
“All-in-all the guys are coming along and there were a lot more positives to take out of this than negatives,” Roddick said.
OU returns to action on Tuesday, March 29 at 5 p.m., when they host in-state foe Tulsa.
No. 6 Texas A&M 5, No. 30 Oklahoma 2
1. #2 Krajicek/Dadamo (A&M) def. Beleleu/Mihov (OU), 8-6
2. Paval/Siributwong (OU) def. #63 Ore/Grigorov (A&M), 8-3
3. # 53 Bautista/Hoover (A&M) def. Gavrila/Formentera (OU), 8-6
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3
1. #34 Ionut Beleleu (OU) def. #23 Austin Krajicek (A&M), 6-4, 7-6(4)
2. #62 Jeff Dadamo (A&M) def. #65 Costin Paval (OU), 7-6(2), 7-6(2)
3. #100 Alexis Klegou (A&M) def. Laurentiu Gavrila (OU), 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(4)
4. Alexey Grigorov (A&M) def. #113 Peerakit Siributwong (OU), 7-6(4), 6-4
5. Lawrence Formentera (OU) def. Alberto Bautista (A&M), 6-1, 6-1
6. Colin Hoover (A&M) def. Tsvetan Mihov (OU), 7-6(4), 6-2
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3, 5, 3*, 6