April 10, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. – 21st-ranked Oklahoma steps outside of Big 12 action to take on No. 42 Rice in Houston at the Jake Hess Tennis Stadium Sunday, April 11 at 1 p.m.
“This is going to be a good road match against a solid Rice squad,” OU head coach John Roddick said.
Oklahoma (14-4, 1-2 Big 12) is coming off impressive road victories over a pair of ranked in-state programs No. 32 Tulsa, 4-3, and No. 47 OSU, 6-1. The Sooners are 2-0 against the Cowboys this season after defeating OSU 4-3 in their first meeting on Feb. 7. In that dual, OU erased a 20-match losing streak to OSU, dating back to 1995.
On the year, OU has defeated nine teams ranked in the ITA top-75, while each of the Sooners’ losses have come against teams ranked in the ITA top 15. In addition, Roddick’s squad defeated two, San Diego State and OSU, of the nine top-75 programs twice.
Freshman Lawrence Formentera (14-4) has been on a tear for the Sooners after winning nine of his last 11 matches competing at the No. 5 position. In doubles, Formentera and his partner senior Blake Boswell boast an amazing 9-3 record and have won five of their last six matches.
At the No. 6 position sophomore George Chanturia is 10-5 on the year.
In addition, OU has two ranked doubles teams in No. 47 Daescu and Paval and No. 71 Daescu and Beleleu. Daescu and Paval are coming off back-to-back upsets over Tulsa’s 30th-ranked duo of Ashley Watling and Philip Stephens, 8-5, and Oklahoma State’s No. 16-ranked tandem of Oleksandr Nedovyesov and Aleksey Bessonov, 8-7(5).
Rice (11-9) heads into action with the Sooners after downing No. 31 Tulsa, 4-3. In singles the Owls are led by 47th-ranked Bruno Rosa.