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Men's Tennis Easily Handles ORU
April 07, 2008

April 7, 2008

NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma men's tennis team (8-10, 0-3 Big 12) defeated Oral Roberts (3-7), 4-0 on Monday afternoon at the Headington Family Tennis Center in a quick one hour match.

"All of our guys played well today and I was excited to see that their confidence and focus was there after a tough loss on Friday night," head coach Paul Lockwood said.

Federico Chavarria put OU on the board first with a straight sets win over Oral
Robert's Dennis Troyke at No. 4 singles, 6-2, 6-2.  Fellow senior Ryan Thomas finished off Dario Beslic in straight sets as well winning, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 5 singles.

"I wouldn't say this was a must win match but we needed this victory to help build our confidence as we hit the stretch run of our season," Federico Chavarria said.  "With the Big 12 Championships coming up we want to have as many wins under our belt as we can and be playing our best tennis."

Freshman Alex Joitoiu put OU up 3-0 with his victory at No. 6 singles.  Joitoiu defeated Denis Balazinec, 6-0, 6-3.

Andrei Daescu wrapped up the match for Oklahoma as the Sooners won 4-0 with his No. 1 singles victory.  Daescu defeated Oleksandr Kotsuik, 6-2, 6-1.

Sergey Avdeyev and Vlad Marinescu did not finish their No. 1 and 2, respectively, singles matches because OU had wrapped up the match after the No. 1 singles match.

"The two guys that did not finish their matches were both playing well," Lockwood continued.  "Vlad (Marinescu) was ahead in his match and Sergey (Avdeyev) was down but had fought back to win the first set and was continuing to play the level of tennis he is capable of playing."

Singles matches were played at the beginning and no doubles were played because of high winds and the probability of thunderstorms.

Next up, the Sooners host UT Arlington on Friday, April 11, at the Headington Family Tennis Center.

Oklahoma 4, ORU 0
Singles
No. 1 Andrei Daescu (OU) def. Oleksandr Kotsuik (ORU), 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 Sergey Avdeyev (OU) def. DNF
No. 3 Vlad Marinescu (OU) def. DNF
No. 4 Federico Chavarria (OU) def. Dennis Troyke (ORU), 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 Ryan Thomas (OU) def. Dario Beslic (ORU), 6-3, 6-1
No. 6 Alex Joitoiu (OU) def. Denis Balazinec (ORU), 6-0, 6-3

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