Daescu Begins NCAA Play
May 20, 2008

May 20, 2008

NORMAN, Okla. - Sophomore Andrei Daescu, ranked No. 30 in the ITA singles rankings, will begin play in the singles portion of the 2008 NCAA Championships, Wednesday, May 22.  The sophomore will square off with Clancy Shields of Boise State at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Daescu was one of 47 at-large selections the NCAA announced on April 30.

The Bucharest, Romania, native compiled a 28-11 singles record on the season while holding down the No. 1 singles spot for the Sooners.  Daescu also competed at No. 1 doubles for OU and teamed up with Federico Chavarria to finish with a season record of 14-7.

"I am extremely excited for Andrei and this is his reward for his hard work throughout the season," head coach Paul Lockwood said.  "The field is loaded with exceptional talent and it will be a big test for Andrei, but he and I both look forward to the challenge."

The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 21-26 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla., following the conclusion of the team championship (May 16-20).

"This is a great thing for not only Andrei but for our tennis program," Lockwood continued.  "This shows the our tennis program continues to produce great talent year in and year out."

The University of Tulsa will serve as host.  All matches shall be the best of three sets.  Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games all will be used for all matches.

Daescu was a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 singles team and Chavarria and Daescu were also named to the All-Big 12 doubles team.

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