Mens Tennis Falls To No. 29 Oklahoma State, 7-0

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 14, 2004

STILLWATER, Okla. -- The Oklahoma men’s tennis team dropped a tough 7-0 match to 29th-ranked Oklahoma State that was much tighter than the final score indicated on Wednesday at the DeBois Tennis Center in Stillwater, Okla.
The Cowboys improve to 14-3 and 3-2 in the Big 12 while the Sooners fall to 15-6 and 1-4 in Big 12 play. 

"I'm disappointed in the final score because the match was really closer than the score shows," said head coach Paul Lockwood. "We just couldn't win the tight matches. However, we will put this behind us as we take on Nebraska and [Texas] Tech this weekend." 

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In doubles play, Oklahoma State got an early start with an 8-2 triumph over junior Ondrej Fukala (Prerov, Czech Republic) and sophomore Tommy Garrison (Enid, Okla.) at No. 1. Sophomore Lee Gregg (Altus, Okla.) and freshman Marek Velicka (Prerov, Czech Republic) quickly tied the score after a convincing 8-1 blowout over OSU’s Juan Felipe Diaz and Tomas Bohunicky at the No. 3 spot. The Sooner duo remain undefeated in conference action with a 3-0 record.

The competition was left to junior Matt Long (Ft. Worth, Texas) and sophomore Alexei Ivanov (Izhevsk, Russia) at the No. 2 position. Long and Ivanov started off in the lead, but were disappointed by OSU’s Mark Van Elden and Daniel Byrnes, 8-6, falling behing 0-1 in the dual.

The Bedlam competition grew more fierce with four three-set singles matches. Playing his fourth nationally-ranked opponent at the No. 1 spot, Ivanov was overcome by OSU”s 25th-ranked Van Elden, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, while Fukala dropped his second Big 12 match of the season when Oklahoma State’s Yevgen Bondarchuk squeezed by with the victory, 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8).

Garrison faced off against OSU’s Boris Kuharic at the No. 4 position to try to revive the Sooners. Garrison came out by one point in the first set, 7-6, only to fall in the second, 5-7. Kuharic then came back with momentum to claim success, 10-3.

With the match already determined after three upsets, sophomore Lee Gregg (Altus, Okla.) continued to fight hard at No. 6 singles. Gregg won the first set decisively, 6-2, only to be handed a pair of 2-6 losses by OSU’s Juan Felipe Diaz to clinch the match. 
The Sooners look to rebound with back-to-back conference matches against Nebraska on Sat., April 17, and Texas Tech on Sun., April 18, at the OU Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman. Action is set to begin at 12 p.m. both days. Admission is free.

No. 29 Oklahoma State 7, Oklahoma 0
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
DeBois Tennis Center, Stillwater, Okla.

1. (#25) Mark Van Elden (OSU) def. Alexei Ivanov (OU)   6-4, 3-6, 6-1
2. Yevgen Bondarchuk (OSU) def. Ondrej Fukala (OU)   6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8)
3. (#109) Tomas Bohunicky (OSU) def. Marek Velicka (OU)  6-3, 6-3
4. Boris Kuharic (OSU) def. Tommy Garrison (OU)  6-7, 7-5, 1-0 (10-3)
5. Daniel Byrnes (OSU) def. Matt Long (OU)    6-3, 7-5
6. Juan Felipe Diaz (OSU) def. Lee Gregg (OU)    2-6, 6-2, 6-2

1. Bondarchuk/Kuharic (OSU) def. Fukala/Garrison (OU)   8-2
2. Van Elden/Byrnes (OSU) def. Long/Ivanov (OU)   8-6
3. Velicka/Gregg (OU) def. Diaz/Bohunicky (OSU)   8-1



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