May 14, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - The 20th-ranked Oklahoma men's tennis team swept No. 40 Tulsa Friday, 4-0, in the first round of the Norman Regional. The Sooners face No. 14 Texas Tech, for the fourth time this season, in second round action Saturday, at 2 p.m.
The Sooners (17-7, 2-5) are now 2-0 against the Hurricane (16-10) this season and hold a 30-18 series advantage over Tulsa.
"We played one of our better matches of the year tonight," head coach John Roddick said. "In doubles, it was nice to win one of those tiebreakers for a change. We were long over due for one of those."
In doubles, Oklahoma came from behind after dropping the No. 2 spot to take the early, 1-0, lead.
Senior Blake Boswell and freshman Lawrence Formentera evened the doubles score after the duo defeated Tulsa's Marcelo Arevalo and Marko Ballok in a super tiebreaker set, 9-8(3).
The Sooners finished off the Hurricane in doubles after senior Andrei Daescu and freshman Costin Paval, ranked No. 18 nationally, downed TU's 24th-ranked tandem of Philip Stephens and Ashley Watling, 8-6, at the No. 1 spot.
Oklahoma continued its stellar play in singles action, where the Sooners won each of its first sets in route to its sweep of the Hurricane.
"In singles, it was as good of tennis as I have seen out of our guys from a consistency standpoint," said Roddick.
Formentera claimed the first singles point for the Sooners at the No. 5 position after he trampled Tulsa's Grant Ive in straight-sets, 6-1, 6-0.
Paval, the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, followed suit by taking down TU's Stephens, 6-4, 6-1, at the No. 3 position.
Junior David Pultr completed the sweep following his 7-6, 6-2, win over the Hurricane's Alastair Barnes at the No. 4 spot.
"This is probably one of our best matches of the year and it was great to do it in the NCAA tournament," Roddick said. "We just have to do it again tomorrow."
Oklahoma's second round matchup against the Red Raiders marks the fourth contest between the two Big 12 foes this season.
Earlier in the year, OU lost a heartbreaker to the Red Raiders in the finals of the Blue-Gray Tennis Classic, 4-3. The Sooners looked to even the score when they hosted TT in April, but the Red Raiders got the better of the Sooners, 5-2. Tech claimed its third win over the Sooners in the first round of the Big 12 Championships, 4-2.
In the case of inclement weather, the men's second round match will begin immediately following the conclusion of the women's match, which begins at 2 p.m.
No. 20 Oklahoma 4, No. 40 Tulsa 0
1. #28 Andrei Daescu (OU) vs. #42 Marcelo Arevalo (TU), 6-3, 4-3, susp.
2. #65 Ionut Beleleu (OU) vs. #60 Ashley Watling (TU), 7-5, 2-3, susp.
3. #74 Costin Paval (OU) def. Philip Stephens (TU), 6-4-6-1
4. David Pultr (OU) vs. Alastair Barnes (TU), 7-6(6), 6-2
5. George Chanturia (OU) vs. Marko Ballok (TU), 7-5, 2-2, susp.
6. Lawrence Formentera (OU) def. Grant Ive (TU), 6-1, 6-0
Order of finish: 6, 3, 4*
1. #18 Daescu/Paval (OU) def. #24 Stephens/Watling (TU), 8-6
2. Barnes/Ive (TU) def. Beleleu/Pultr (OU), 8-4
3. Boswell/Formentera (OU) def. Arevalo/Ballok (TU), 9-8(3)
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1