Men's Tennis Travels to Montgomery

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 11, 2008
 OU (5-4) at Blue Gray Classic - March 13-16
 Match 10 vs. BSU  Thursday, March 13 - 4 p.m.
 Match 11 vs. TBA  Friday, March 14 - TBA
 Location  Montgomery, Ala. | Lagoon Park Tennis Center
 Website  Blue-Gray National Classic
 Draw  Tournament Bracket
 Live Stats  Blue-Gray MatchPoint
 Next up   Oklahoma at Jacksonville (March 20)

NORMAN, Okla. - The No. 46 University of Oklahoma men's tennis team (5-4) fresh off a victory over the Memphis Tigers travels to Montgomery, Ala., for the 2008 Blue-Gray National Classic, March 13-16, at the Lagoon Park Tennis Center.

The Sooners travel to Alabama today and face Boise State on Thursday at 4 p.m.  With a win Oklahoma would advance to face the Penn State - Alabama winner on Friday.  Tulsa is the top seed in OU's bracket.

"We're very excited to travel to Montgomery for such a first class tournament," OU head coach Paul Lockwood said.  "This field is full of very good teams and it will be a tough but exciting atmosphere for our team to compete in this weekend."

Cumulative Stats

OU has faced three teams in the field (Fresno State, Tulsa and VCU) and Big 12 foes Oklahoma State and Texas Tech are also in the field.  OU will not face either Big 12 team until the championship match.

"All of our athletes love being challenged and this will provide them the opportunity to raise their games to the next level.  Big 12 play starts soon and the competition is going to get better each week," added Lockwood.

 Player to Watch 
Andrei Daescu | Sophomore | No. 1 Singles
Daescu is back on the winning track after suffering two straight defeats.  The Bucharest, Romania native upset No. 21 Cosmin Cotet of TCU, 6-2, (3-6), 7-5 on March 5.  The Sophomore followed that up by allowing only three pointsd to Amrit Narasimhan of Memphis, winning 6-0, 6-3 in the Sooners 5-2 win Sunday.

The field is rounded out by Auburn, Brown, Furman, NC State, defending champion Notre Dame, William & Mary and Wisconsin.

Sophomore Andrei Daescu is ranked No. 27 in the ITA singles rankings.  Daescu and senior Federico Chavarria hold the No. 28 ranking in doubles play.

Next up, the Sooners travel to Jacksonville, Fla., to take on Jacksonville on Thursday, March 20.



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