Sooners Eliminated in Tulsa

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 23, 2006

NORMAN, Okla.--The Sooners’ run in the Wilson/ITA Central Regional in Tulsa, Okla., ended Sunday.  Senior Marek Velicka and junior Ryan Thomas, the only remaining OU players in the tournament, lost their matches Sunday eliminating them from the tournament.

Velicka had an impressive showing in the tournament. Seeded No. 4, he won his first three matches in the 64-player singles draw to advance to the quarterfinals where he met Tulsa’s Ricardo Soriano.  Velicka won the first set 7-5, but dropped the next two sets 2-6, 6-7 (4), moving Soriano to the semifinals. The loss removed him from the tournament. Soriano won in the semifinals and will compete for the tournament championship Monday.

Losing his first match in the main draw, Thomas dropped to the consolation bracket. He won his first three matches, but suffered a loss to Olof Sjolund in the semifinals.  Sjolund went on to win the consolation championship.

The next tournament for the Sooners will be the UNLV Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 3-5. Results will be posted on as soon as they are available.

Tournament Results

Singles Draw
Round of 64
Francois Van Impe (NU) def. Ryan Thomas (OU), 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-4
Marek Velicka (OU) def. Luka Marinkovic (ISU), 6-0, 6-2
Colin Mascall (UA) def. Federico Chavarria (OU), 6-2, 6-3
Andrei Nicoara (UA) def. Ondrej Kacmar (OU), 7-5, 6-4

Round of 32
Marek Velicka (OU) def. Drew Sosebee (UA), 6-3, 6-0

Round of 16
Marek Velicka (OU) def. Adrian Szatmary (NU), 6-2, 6-2

Ricardo Soriano (TU) def. Marek Velicka (OU), 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4)

Singles Consolation
Round of 32
Ryan Thomas (OU) def. Lucas Waked (SIU), 6-4, 6-4
Richard Harrison (UMKC) def. Federico Chavarria (OU), 6-4, 7-6 (0)
Tiago Espirito Santo (WSU) def. Ondrej Kacmar (OU), 7-5, 6-4

Round of 16
Ryan Thomas (OU) def. Juan Carlos Nunez (UALR), 6-3, 6-2

Ryan Thomas (OU) def. Nathan Byrnes (OSU), default

Olof Sjolund (TU) def. Ryan Thomas (OU), 6-4, 3-6, 10-8

Doubles Draw
Round of 32
Velicka/Chavarria (OU) def. Richard Harrison/Patrick Smith (UMKC), 8-5
Thomas/Kacmar (OU) def. Hendrik Stahmer/Arturro Navarro (NU), 8-6

Round of 16
Velicka/Chavarria (OU) def. Ivan Puchkarov/Artie Burmistrau (OSU), 8-3
Thomas/Kacmar (OU) def. Luka Marinkovic/Daniel Tobar (ISU), 8-5

Lucques Maasdorp/Ricardo Soriano (TU) def. Velicka/Chavarria (OU), 8-4
Daniel Byrnes/Nathan Byrnes (OSU) def. Thomas/Kacmar (OU), 8-4




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