NORMAN, Okla. Oklahoma’s junior Alexei Ivanov fought off two-match points before surrendering a 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-3 hard fought match to Oklahoma State’s Boris Kuharic to give the Cowboys a 4-3 victory in Bedlam tennis Wednesday in Norman.
With the loss, OU drops to 17-4 on the season and 2-4 in Big 12 play, while OSU improves to 18-5 and 5-2 in league action.
“I’m disappointed in the final score, but I am extremely proud of my players and how hard they fought. They left everything out on the court. It was a great match and we just came up a little short, but we will bounce back and
learn from it,” said head coach Paul Lockwood. “I think everyone here saw a great solid match, and with the conclusion of our home schedule we look forward to continuing this progress at home next season.”
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A solid crowd packed the OU Headington Family Tennis Center as the Sooners came out strong in doubles to easily defeat OSU at the top two positions and claim the first point of the match. The No. 1 duo of senior Ondrej Fukala and junior Tommy Garrison upset the 54th-ranked pair of Felipe Diaz and Boris Kuharic, 8-2.
The win improves the pair to 14-3 on the season. Diaz and Kuharic recently beat TCU’s 11th-ranked duo of Rafael Abreu and Fabrizio Sastini. At the No. 2 spot, the pair of senior Silviu Tanasoiu and sophomore Marek Velicka dominated OSU’s Mark Van Elden and Daniel Byrnes, 8-5. The pair now owns a spring record of 14-6.
Oklahoma earned its second point when Garrison cruised to a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Artsem Burmistrau at No. 4 singles. Garrison remains undefeated in Big 12 play at 6-0 and expands his winning streak to 15-straight matches.
OU’s final point came from Fukala who swept Tomas Buhunicky 7-5, 7-5 in his last home match in front of Sooner fans. Fukala improves his spring mark to 17-1 and goes to 4-1 in league play.
Oklahoma wraps up regular season action Saturday, April 23, when the Sooners take on Colorado in Boulder.
Oklahoma State 4, Oklahoma 3
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
OU Headington Family Tennis Center
Order of Finish: 4, 5, 6, 2, 1, 3
1. #34 Mark Van Elden (OSU) def. # 52 Marek Velicka 7-6 (4), 7-5
2. Ondrej Fukala (OU) def. Tomas Buhunicky (OSU) 7-5, 7-5
3. Boris Kuharic (OSU) def. Alexei Ivanov (OU) 7-6(5), 6-4, 3-6*
4. Tommy Garrison (OU) def. Artsem Burmistrau (OSU) 7-5, 6-2
5. Daniel Byrnes (OSU) def. Silviu Tanasoiu (OU) 6-4, 6-1
6. Felipe Diaz (OSU) def. Lee Gregg (OU) 6-4, 6-3)
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
1.Fukala/Garrison (OU) def. #54 Diaz/Kuharic (OSU) 8-2
2.Velicka/Tanasoiu (OU)def. Van Elden/Byrnes (OSU) 8-5
3. Bohunicky/Burmistrau(OSU) def. Chavarria/Ivanov (OU) 8-2