Sooners End Fall Season at UNLV
November 04, 2006

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma men’s tennis team finished day two at the Rebel Classic hosted by the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.  Competing in the tournament, which began Friday, are players from UNLV, Illinois, Arkansas, Fresno State and Fresno Pacific, and NAIA program.

Competing for the Sooners were juniors Ryan Thomas and Federico Chavarria.  Thomas competed in flight two of singles play Friday where he defeated Albert Nersesyan of BYU in the round of 16.  The win advanced him to the flight two quarterfinals where he suffered a loss to Cassidy Mears, 2-6, 4-6, eliminating him from the tournament.

Chavarria was defeated by UNLV’s Elliot Wronski in the flight one round of 16, dropping him to the consolation bracket.  He squared off against Luca Barlocchi of UNLV Saturday. Chavarria lost the match, 2-6, 2-6, dropping him from the tournament.

Chavarria and Thomas teamed up for doubles competition.  In the round of 16, the pair fell to Charles Irie and Mirko Zapletal of Fresno State. The loss dropped them to consolation play where they met the BYU team of former Sooner Cale Planck and Cassidy Mears. Chavarria and Thomas defeated the BYU duo 8-2.

With BYU not able to play on Sundays and the decision of Fresno State and Fresno Pacific to play their final in California, the Rebel Classic was oficially ended Saturday.  This tournament concluded Oklahoma's fall season. As for now, the Sooners will continue to prepare for the spring season.

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