NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma men’s tennis team extended its winning streak to four-matches with a clean sweep over Texas-Arlington Sunday afternoon at the OU Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman.
The Sooners are now 17-3 after to 7-0 shutout, while the Mavericks dropped to 9-10. OU returns to Big 12 Conference action on Wednesday, when the Sooners host nationally-ranked Oklahoma State in Norman. Bedlam will also be the final home match for the 2005 seniors Ondrej Fukala and Silviu Tanasoiu.
“Today was a good win for us,” said Sooner coach Paul Lockwood. “They were prepared to play a very quality opponent in Texas-Arlington. I’m proud of how they battled and the effort they put into their matches. This was a perfect match for us to get ready to play Oklahoma State Wednesday.”
Striking first was OU’s top two doubles teams. The duos won their 13th and third-straight matches of the spring season. Tommy Garrison and Fukala paired up at the top slot to defeat UTA’s Sandy Farquharson and Diego Mattar, 8-2. The pair improved their spring record to 13-3 and 19-8 overall. Alberto Agis and Felipe Acosts were 8-3 victims to OU’s No. 2 doubles team of Marek Velicka and Tanasoiu.
Pushing his spring record to 16-1 and winning his seventh-straight match in less than an hour was Fukala. The 6-5 senior spark plug gave OU a 2-0 lead by dominating, 6-0, 6-0, UTA’s Niels Buksik at No. 3 singles. Following Fukala’s win Tanasoiu, Garrison and Lee Gregg wrapped up their matches to clinch the victory for Oklahoma.
After the score was tied 1-1 in the first set, Tanasoiu rallied off five straight points for a 6-1 win at No. 4 singles. However, the second set was much tougher as the lead changed or was tied four times before Tanasoiu won the last two games for a 6-4 victory over Agis (6-1, 6-4).
Garrison, who clinched the win for OU, won his 14-straight and 19th overall match of the season. The Enid, Okla., native produced identical 6-3 set scores at No. 5 singles. Garrison was up 3-0 before UTA’s Ian Vasquez-Rowe scored his first point in the opening set. The two switched leads in the second set but Garrison won the final two points for the match. The junior team captain hasn’t lost a match since Feb. 8.
Gregg, a junior from Altus, Okla., defeated Acosta, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 6 singles. Gregg held a 4-0 advantage in the second set before allowing Acosta to score his only point. Gregg gave OU a 5-0 advantage over the Mavericks.
Ivanov dropped the opening set 1-6 but responded with a pair of 6-3 scores for the win (1-6, 6-3, 6-3) over Mattar. Velicka, OU’s top player, put away UTA’s Sandy Farquharson 7-5, 6-6 (5) for his 28th win of the season and 16th victory this spring. Four Sooners have 20 or more wins this season.
The Bedlam match time is set for 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 20.
Oklahoma 7, Texas-Arlington 0
Sunday, April 17, 2005
OU Headington Family Tennis Complex
1. Marek Velicka (OU) def. Sandy Farquharson (UTA) - 7-5, 6-6 (5)
2. Alexei Ivanov (OU) def. Diego Mattar (UTA) - 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
3. Ondrej Fukala (OU) def. Niels Buksik (UTA) - 6-0, 6-0
4. Silviu Tanasoiu (OU) def. Alberto Agis (UTA) - 6-1, 6-4
5. Tommy Garrison (OU) def. Ian Vasquez-Rowe (UTA) - 6-3, 6-3 *
6. Lee Gregg (OU) def. Felipe Acosta (UTA) - 6-2, 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 5, 1, 2
1. Tommy Garrison / Ondrej Fukala (OU) def. Sandy Farquharson / Diego Mattar (UTA), 8-2
2. Marek Velicka / Silviu Tanasoiu (OU) def. Alberto Agis/ Felipe Acosts (UTA), 8-3
3. Niels Buksik/ Ian Vasquez-Rowe (UTA) def. Alexei Ivanov / Federico Chavarria (OU), 8-2
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3