Feb. 4, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. – The 20th-ranked Oklahoma men’s tennis team downed No. 40 Nebraska, 6-1, on Saturday inside the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion.
The Sooners (3-1) jumped out to a 5-0 advantage after OU took the doubles point and won victories at No. 5, 6, 4 and 2 singles before the Cornhuskers (1-2) earned their only win of the day at the No. 3 spot.
“It was a pretty good match and I’m glad we won the doubles point,” John Roddick said. “Obviously, they are good in doubles and we beat the No. 7 team by saving match-point to clinch it, which is a good sign. I think we are starting to be legitimate at No. 1, but we still have to do a little better job of holding serve.”
For the first time since Roddick’s arrival at Oklahoma, the Sooners defeated Nebraska in the doubles portion of the match to hold a 1-0 advantage heading into singles.
In doubles, the Cornhuskers’ 44th-ranked Robert Schulze and Andre Stenger concluded play first at the No. 2 position where they downed OU’s No. 39-ranked Tsvetan Mihov and Peerakit Siributwong, 8-4.
OU evened the doubles record after David Pultr and Lawrence Formentera downed Nebraska’s Stefan Gollner and Eric Sock at the No. 3 spot, 8-3.
The doubles point came down to the No. 1 spot where Oklahoma’s No. 14-ranked Costin Paval teamed with Dane Webb. The OU duo trailed 8-7, but rallied to take the match to a tiebreaker set against the Cornhuskers’ Christopher Aumueller and Benedikt Lindheim, ranked No. 7 nationally. In the tiebreaker set, the Oklahoma tandem routed the competition, 7-1, to take the match, 9-8.
The Sooners continued their momentum in singles action where OU won four matches in straight sets over the Cornhuskers.
Oklahoma’s Pultr struck first in singles action to give OU a 2-0 lead. The Czech native defeated NU’s Schulze in straight-sets, 6-3, 6-4.
Webb, a freshman ranked No. 63, handed Nebraska’s Sock a 6-1, 7-5 loss at the No. 6 spot to put the Sooners ahead 3-0.
The Sooners clinched the match after 38th-ranked Siributwong defeated Gollner at the No. 4 position, 6-2, 6-3.
Guillermo Alcorta, ranked No. 53, earned a victory at the No. 2 spot despite dropping the second set, 6-4. The Spanish native took the first and final sets in identical fashion, 6-1, to take the match.
Nebraska earned its only point of the match at the No. 3 spot where NU’s 78th-ranked Lindheim defeated the Sooners’ Mihov, ranked No. 39, 6-2, 7-6.
In the final match, OU’s No. 4-ranked Paval defeated Nebraska’s Christopher Aumueller, No. 41 nationally, in straight-sets. Paval took the first set, 7-5, and earned a 6-4 victory in the second.
“In singles we are usually pretty solid and disciplined and we did that again today,” Roddick said. “Even the match we lost was against one of their better players. He is a senior and has been one of the better players for them for a long time. Overall, it was a good effort and we have to keep building on it.”
Next up, Roddick's squad will take on No. 27 Indiana on Sunday, Feb. 12 at noon, inside the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion.
No. 20 Oklahoma 6, No. 40 Nebraska 1
1. #14 Paval/Webb (OU) def. #7 Aumueller/Lindheim (NU), 9-8(1)
2. #44 Schulze/Stenger (NU) def. #38 Mihov/Siributwong (OU), 8-4
3. Pultr/Lawrence Formentera (OU) def. Stefan Gollner/Sock (NU), 8-3
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1*
1. #4 Costin Paval (OU) def. #41 Christopher Aumueller (NU), 7-5, 6-4
2. #53 Guillermo Alcorta (OU) def. Andre Stenger (NU), 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
3. #78 Benedikt Lindheim (NU) def. #39 Tsvetan Mihov (OU), 6-2, 7-6(4)
4. #38 Peerakit Siributwong (OU) def. Stefan Gollner (NU), 6-2, 6-3
5. David Pultr (OU) def. Robert Schulze (NU), 6-3, 6-4
6. #63 Dane Webb (OU) def. Eric Sock (NU), 6-1, 7-5
Order of finish: 5, 6, 4*, 2, 3, 1