April 11, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma Sooners (10-10, 0-3 Big 12) picked up two victories on Friday afternoon at the Headington Family Tennis Center. The Sooners first defeated UT-Arlington by a score of 6-1 and followed that up with a 7-0 trouncing of East Central.
"We played some very solid tennis in some very dire conditions today," head coach Paul Lockwood said.
Andrei Daescu and Federico Chavarria took care of business at No. 1 singles as they defeated David Costa and Dmitry Minkin of UTA, 8-1. Vlad Marinescu and Ryan Thomas followed that up with a victory at No. 2 singles to claim the team point. The OU duo defeated Brieuc Hamon/Nishant Hari by a score of 8-4.
Daescu added another point to the Sooners score with his 6-0, 6-1 defeat of David Costa at No. 1 singles.
"Andrei played very well today and I was happy to see that because that gives him some confidence going into the Baylor match," Lockwood added.
Sergey Avdeyev added to the lead with a victory at No. 2 singles. The Sooner junior defeated Minkin, 6-3, 6-3.
Chavarria gave OU the victory after a quick match at No. 4 singles. The OU captain defeated Hamon, 6-1, 6-1. Fellow senior Ryan Thomas picked up another victory at No. 5 singles as he overpowered Gonzalo Bienzobas, 6-4, 6-4. Freshman Alex Joitoiu finished off the match with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Hari at No. 6 singles.
In the second contest Oklahoma did not drop a match winning 7-0, over East Central.
Again, Chavarria and Daescu started the match off right for the Sooners as the No. 1 doubles pair defeated Camilo Munoz and Cristobal Nunez, 8-6. Marinescu and Thomas also won for the second straight match as they defeated Samuel Moore and Victor Rios, 8-3, at No. 2 doubles.
Avdeyev and Joitoiu bounced back from their first doubles match defeating Colin Helton and Mitch Sholty, 8-1, at No. 3 doubles.
Daescu picked up his third straight singles victory with a 6-0, 6-2 win against Pyotr Sitnikov at No. 1 singles. Avdeyev shutout Nunez of ECU at No. 2 singles winning, 6-0, 6-0.
Marinescu rebounded from his earlier singles defeat to register a win at No. 3 singles over Munoz, 6-1, 6-1. Chavarria once again put up a point for the OU at No. 4 singles with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Rios.
Thomas defeated John Sedlak, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 5 singles putting Oklahoma ahead 6-0. Joitoiu finished off the match for OU with a 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 6 singles over Helton to give the Sooners a 7-0 win.
"I think playing two matches today helped us in more ways than one to get our focus ready for Baylor on Sunday," Lockwood added. "We know that we are going to need to play almost perfect tennis to beat the Bears who are year-in-and-year-out one of the top teams in the Big 12 and in the country. But I know our team and fans are excited about the opportunity."
Sophomore Andrei Daescu is ranked No. 32 in the ITA singles rankings.
Next up, the Sooners host Baylor on Sunday, April 13, at the Headington Family Tennis Center. The match is slated for a 2 p.m. start.
OU 6, UTA 1
No. 1 Federico Chavarria/Andrei Daescu (OU) def. David Costa/Dmitry Minkin (UTA), 8-1
No. 2 Vlad Marinescu/Ryan Thomas (OU) def. Brieuc Hamon/Nishant Hari (UTA), 8-4
No. 3 Gonzalo Bienzobas/Hugo Taracido (UTA) Sergey Avdeyev/Ryan Thomas (OU), 8-7
No. 1 Andrei Daescu (OU) def. David Costa (UTA), 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 Sergey Avdeyev (OU) def. Dmitry Minkin (UTA), 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 Hugo Taracido (UTA) def. Vlad Marinescu (OU), 6-1, 6-3, 10-3
No. 4 Federico Chavarria (OU) def. Brieuc Hamon (UTA), 6-1, 6-1
No. 5 Ryan Thomas (OU) def. Gonzalo Bienzobas (UTA), 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 Alex Joitoiu (OU) def. Nishant Hari (UTA), 6-4, 6-1
OU 7, ECU 0
No. 1 Federico Chavarria/Andrei Daescu (OU) def. Camilo Munoz/Cristobal Nunez (ECU), 8-6
No. 2 Vlad Marinescu/Ryan Thomas (OU) def. Samuel Moore/Victor Rios (ECU), 8-3
No. 3 Sergey Avdeyev/Ryan Thomas (OU) def. Colin Helton/Mitch Sholty (ECU), 8-1
No. 1 Andrei Daescu (OU) def. Pyotr Sitnikov (ECU), 6-0, 6-2
No. 2 Sergey Avdeyev (OU) def. Cristobal Nunez (ECU), 6-0, 6-0
No. 3 Vlad Marinescu (OU) def. Camilo Munoz (ECU), 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 Federico Chavarria (OU) def. Victor Rios (ECU), 6-4, 6-3
No. 5 Ryan Thomas (OU) def. John Sedlak (ECU), 6-2, 6-0
No. 6 Alex Joitoiu (OU) def. Colin Helton (ECU), 6-1, 6-3