March 20, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. – The Oklahoma men’s tennis team edged out TCU Sunday to win, 4-3, at the Headington Family Tennis Center. The Sooners (9-3) have won six of their last seven matches while the Horned Frogs fell to 4-9.
“We did a good job of competing and fighting through a tough day,” said OU head coach John Roddick. “Our guys can certainly play better, but we played hard and pulled one out in the end.”
Oklahoma picked up what would be a crucial double’s point with wins at the No. 2 and 3 positions.
The Sooner pair of Costin Paval and Peerakit Siributwong took down Slah Mbarek and Daniel Sanchez at the No. 2 position, 8-6.
With the double’s point on the line, Laurentlu Gavrilla and Lawrence Formentera defeated Cameron Nash and Paul Chappell in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (3).
The Horned Frogs countered quickly with a win at the No. 4 position, with Soren Goritzka besting Laurentlu Gavrilla, 6-3, 6-4.
Oklahoma bounced back with wins at the top two positions. Senior Ionut Beleleu took down Slah Mbarek at the No. 2 position, 6-3, 6-2, and sophomore Costin Paval defeated Emanuel Brighiu at the No. 1 position, 6-2, 6-4. Paval improved to a team-best 10-1 record this season.
TCU found success at the bottom of its lineup, with Cameron Nash defeating OU’s Lawrence Formentera at the No. 6 position, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, and Daniel Sanchez beat freshman Tsvetan Mihov , 5-7, 6-1, 7-5, at the No. 5 position.
With the match tied at three points apiece, all eyes turned to the No. 4 position, where freshman Peerakit Siributwong defeated Christopher Price in three sets, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3, to seal the Sooners victory.
Roddick believes that there was much to be learned from the down-to-the-wire win.
“It’s a lesson learned that discipline is important every match,” said Roddick. “We were lucky to win that won. Hopefully we can learn a lesson in a winning matter. We competed hard and that’s what pulled us through.”
The Sooners host a pair of home matches next weekend against Texas on March 25 at 6:00 pm and Texas A&M on March 27 at 1:00 pm. Admission is free to both matches.
|Oklahoma 4, TCU 3|
1: Brighiv/Price (TCU) def. Beleleu/Mihov (OU), 8-2
2: Paval/Siributwong (OU) def. Mbarek/Sanchez (TCU), 8-6
3: Gavrila/Formentera (OU) def. Nash/Chappell (TCU), 9-8 (3)
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
1: Costin Paval (OU) def. Emanuel Brighiu (TCU), 6-2, 6-4
2: Ionut Beleleu (OU) def. Slah Mbarek (TCU), 6-3, 6-2
3: Peerakit Siributwong (OU) def. Christopher Price (TCU), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3
4: Soren Goritzka (TCU) def. Laurentlu Gavrilla (OU), 6-3, 6-4
5: Daniel Sanchez (TCU) def. Tsvetan Mihov (OU), 5-7, 6-1, 7-5
6: Cameron Nash (TCU) def. Lawrence Formentera (OU), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
Order of Finish: 4, 2, 1, 6, 5, 3