April 15, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. -- The 20th-ranked Oklahoma men’s tennis team resumes Big 12 play against No. 11 Baylor Friday, April 17 at 6 p.m., and No. 16 Texas Tech Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m., at the Headington Family Tennis Center in the programs first “Rush the Courts Weekend.”
“It is a great opportunity for us at home,” OU head coach John Roddick said. “It is the best team we have had come in to Norman, ranking wise. We have a lot to play for and nothing to lose either. It is a match that our guys should be able to play loose and be excited to play.”
Going into this weekend Oklahoma (15-4, 1-2) is riding a three-match winning streak, which includes road wins over then-No. 31 Tulsa, No. 47 Oklahoma State and No. 42 Rice. The Sooners also look to remain undefeated at home (7-0) when they take on the Bears and Red Raiders. During OU’s home schedule the Sooners have downed five opponents ranked in the ITA top 62.
On the year, OU has defeated nine teams ranked in the ITA top-63, while each of the Sooners’ losses has come against teams ranked in the ITA top 16. In addition, Roddick’s squad defeated San Diego State (No. 56) and OSU (No. 54) twice this season.
Oklahoma is led by a trio of ranked individuals including; 29th-ranked senior Andrei Daescu, No. 68 Costin Paval (14-3) and No. 72 Ionut Beleleu (12-5).
Freshman Lawrence Formentera (14-5) has been on a tear for the Sooners after winning nine of his last 12 matches competing at the No. 5 position. In doubles, Formentera and his partner senior Blake Boswell boast a team best 10-3 record and have won six of their last seven matches.
In addition, OU has two ranked doubles tandems in No. 15 Daescu and Paval and No. 63 Daescu and Beleleu. The duo has won three-straight over ranked opponents and has defeated three pairs ranked in the top-30 and five total in the top 62.
Baylor (17-5, 1-2) enters Friday’s matchup after squeaking out a 4-3 win over No. 40 Nebraska. The Bears are led by 16th-ranked Denes Lukacs and No. 39 Jordan Rux. In doubles the Bears possess three ranked tandems.
Texas Tech (18-3, 1-2) narrowly defeated the Sooners earlier in the year, 4-3, at the Blue-Gray tennis classic. Last weekend the Red Raiders defeated Nebraska, 4-3, but lost to Texas A&M, 4-3. TT is lead by Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar, No. 20 and 58, respectively. The Red Raiders also have two ranked doubles tandems.
Last season the Sooners lost at then-No. 12 Baylor, 6-1, and were edged out by then-No. 34 Texas Tech, 4-3, in Lubbock.
During the “Rush the Courts Weekend” fans in attendance will receive free pizza and drinks. Attendees will also have a chance to win a number of raffle prizes including; free Canes, $10 movie gift cards and a free round of golf at the Jimmie Austin Golf Club. Raffle winners must be present to claim their prize. There will also be a contest between the Greek community where the house with most members in attendance will win a $100 Mid-First Visa bank card. Following Sunday’s match there will be a coach’s clinic to anyone who wants to participate.
In the result of inclement weather the matches will be played indoors at the Gregg Wadley Tennis Pavilion.