NORMAN, Okla.The Oklahoma men’s tennis team upset No. 24 Rice (4-2) and No. 38 Middle Tennessee (4-2) in its first two days of competition at the Rice Invitational.
OU began the weekend with the upset over No. 24 Rice Friday. The Sooners started the match picking up the doubles point. At the No. 2 spot junior Federico Chavarria and sophomore Rob McKenzie won an easy match, 8-2, over Rice’s Jason Mok and Cristoph Muller.
At No. 3 doubles, senior Marek Velicka and junior Ryan Thomas teamed up for the first time this spring. The OU tandem dropped an 8-4 decision on the Owls’ Ben Harknett and Filip Zivojinovic.
In singles play, No. 83 freshman Vaclav Kucera competed at the No. 1 slot for the Sooners. Kucera defeated No. 28 Ben Harknett in two sets, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5). At the No. 4 spot McKenzie dropped the first set to Rice’s Tobias Scheil, 4-6. McKenzie came back in the last two sets to pick up the win, 7-5, 6-3.
Saturday the Sooners upset No. 39 Middle Tennesse State. The two teams began play in the morning but were postponed due to a rain delay. After resuming play, Oklahoma lost the doubles point but came back in singles play picking up wins at the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 slots.
At the No. 1 slot, Kucera defeated his second ranked player of the weekend, No. 69 Andreas Siljestrom in two sets, 7-6, 6-3. At No. 2 singles, No. 60 Andrei Daescu downed Marc Rocafort 6-2, 6-3. Competing at No. 3 singles, Velicka grabbed a win over No. 113 Marco Born, 6-4, 7-6.
The wins over Rice and Middle Tennessee State improved the Sooners’ record to 15-2 overall. Oklahoma is currently 6-2 against ranked opponents and has upset four teams this season. The win over Rice is OU’s first upset over a top-25 team this spring.
The Sooners will face No. 33 William & Mary for their final match of the Rice Invitational. The two teams will square off at 9 a.m. Results will be posted on SoonerSports.com as soon as they become available.
#52 Oklahoma 4, #24 Rice 2
1. #83 Vaclav Kucera (OU) def. #28 Ben Harknett (RICE) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
2. Ralph Knupfer (RICE) def. #78 Andrei Daescu (OU) 6-4, 6-2
3. Christoph Mller (RICE) vs. Marek Velicka (OU) unfinished
4. Rob McKenzie (OU) def. Tobias Scheil (RICE) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
5. Federico Chavarria (OU) def. Jason Mok (RICE) 6-2, 6-1
6. Filip Zivojinovic (RICE) def. Sergey Avdeyev (OU) 6-4, 6-1
1. Ralph Knupfer/Tobias Scheil (RICE) vs. Andrei Daescu/Vaclav Kucera (OU) unfinished
2. Federico Chavarria/Rob McKenzie (OU) def.Jason Mok/Christoph Mller (RICE) 8-2
3. Marek Velicka/Ryan Thomas (OU) def. Ben Harknett/Filip Zivojinovic (RICE) 8-4
#52 Oklahoma 4, #39 Middle Tennessee State 2
1. #83 Vaclav Kucera (OU) def. #69 Andreas Siljestrom (MTSU) 7-6, 6-3
2. #78 Andrei Daescu (OU) def. Marc Rocafort (MTSU) 6-2, 6-3
3. Marek Velicka (OU) def. #113 Marco Born (MTSU) 6-4, 7-6
4. Morgan Richard (MTSU) def. Rob McKenzie (OU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Federico Chavarria (OU) def. Alex McCann (MTSU) 6-1, 6-0
6. Joao Pailiello (MTSU) vs. Sergey Avdeyev (OU) unfinished
1. #4 Marco Born/Andreas Siljestrom (MTSU) def. Andrei Daescu/Vaclav Kucera (OU) 8-4
2. Morgan Richard/Marc Rocafort (MTSU) def. Federico Chavarria/Rob McKenzie (OU) 8-6
3. Ryan Thomas/Marek Velicka (OU) def. Marc Boiron/Joao Pailiello (MTSU) 8-1