April 15, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. - The 13th-ranked Oklahoma men's tennis team claimed its first conference title since 1992 and won its ninth-straight match in a 5-2 win over No. 20 Texas Tech on Sunday inside the Gregg Wadley Tennis Pavilion.
With the victory, the Sooners (15-3, 4-0 Big 12) are guaranteed the program's first regular season Big 12 title and hold the tiebreaker over second-place Texas Tech (14-7, 3-1 Big 12). Oklahoma closes Big 12 play on Thursday at Oklahoma State.
"To have at least a share of the Big 12 is exciting for this program," said OU Head Coach John Roddick. "That hasn't happened in 20 years. We still have one more step so we need to make sure we're ready to play on Thursday as well. Regardless of what happens on Thursday it's a great effort for our team."
Lawrence Formentera and David Pultr started the doubles portion off with an 8-3 win over Jeff Bryan and Gabriel Wanderley. The Red Raiders (14-7, 3-1 Big 12) countered with an 8-5 win from Vitor Manzini and Rafael Garcia over OU's Tsvetan Mihov and Peerakit Siributwong.
The Sooners broke the tie and sealed the doubles point after the eighth-ranked duo of Dane Webb and Costin Paval topped No. 19 Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar, 8-3.
"Our doubles was fantastic, especially at No. 1 and No. 3" said Roddick. "It's a big boost. We haven't lost the doubles point yet in the Big 12. When you only have to win half of the singles matches it takes off a little bit of pressure."
Paval kept the momentum going in the singles portion of the match, topping Carvalho in the No. 1 spot, 6-4, 6-2.
Formentera defeated Francisco Zambon in the No. 6 position, 6-3, 6-3, to give the Sooners a 3-0 lead. Guillermo Alcorta then sealed the match for Oklahoma with a 7-5, 6-2 win over No. 45 Escobar.
With the match already determined, Texas Tech scored its first team point of the match when Siributwong retired to Manzini after a score of 6-4, 1-6, 1-1.
Webb gave the Sooners their fifth team point with a 7-6, 5-4 win over Wanderley before Tech's Garcia topped Tsvetan Mihov in three sets, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.
"We came out in singles very focused," said Roddick. "We probably had a good chance of winning at the No. 4 spot as well but we had to stop it because of Siributwong's back. All in all, every guy out there was going to work in singles and that's what you want to see. Usually when you do that, you're going to get enough wins. That's what we did today."
The Sooners close Big 12 play in a Bedlam matchup at Oklahoma State on Thursday, April 19 at 2 p.m.
No. 13 Oklahoma 5, No. 20 Texas Tech 2
1. #11 Costin Paval (OU) def. #98 Raony Carvalho (TT), 6-4, 6-2
2. #84 Guillermo Alcorta (OU) def. # 45Gonzalo Escobar (TT), 7-5, 6-2
3. Rafael Garcia (TT) def. Tsvetan Mihov (OU), 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
4. Vitor Manzini (TT) def. #106 Peerakit Siributwong (OU), 6-4, 1-6, 1-1 (ret.)
5. #101 Dane Webb (OU) def. Gabriel Wanderley (TT), 7-5, 6-4
6. Lawrence Formentera (OU) def. Francisco Zambon (TT), 6-3, 6-3
Order of finish: 1, 6, 2, 4, 5, 3
1. #8 Webb/Paval (OU) def. #19 Carvalo/Escobar (TT), 8-3
2. Manzini/Garcia (TT) def. Mihov/Siributwong (OU), 8-5
3. Formentera/Pultr (OU) def. Bryan/Wanderley (TT), 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1