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Sooners Advance to Big 12 Semifinal
April 27, 2007

NORMAN, Okla. The OU men’s tennis team defeated Nebraska Friday afternoon at the Northland Raquet Club in Kansas City, Mo. to advance to the semifinals of the Big 12 Championship.

The No. 5-seed Sooners beat the No. 4-seed Huskers 4-2 in the opening-round match and will face No. 1-seed Baylor, the No. 4-ranked team nationally, Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Plaza Tennis Center.

Nebraska’s Adrian Szatmary upset OU’s Vaclav Kucera (6-3, 6-3), ranked No. 60 by the ITA, in straight sets, but the depth of the Sooner lineup proved to great to overcome with wins in the No. 2, 3, 4 and 6 slots.

At No. 2, Andrei Daescu cruised past Husker David Bendheim, 6-7 (3-7), 6-0, 6-3, after losing a tiebreak in the first set. Sooner Marek Velicka took out Hendrik Stahmer (6-1, 6-2) in straight sets at the No. 3 spot.

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Federico Chavarria fought off a fiercely competitive Renato Melo, needing extra games in the second set to take victory for the 6-4, 7-5 win.

Friday’s match was delayed by rain and moved indoors, an environment in which the Sooners enjoyed similar success over their first-round opponent. Oklahoma and Nebraska split their 2007 season series with OU earning the shut out, 4-0, at the ITA Indoor Central Regional before the Huskers tolled their revenge with a 5-2 win over Sooners in the Big 12 regular-season opener.

The other semifinal match pits No. 2-seed Oklahoma State and No. 3-seed Texas.  That match will begin at 11:30 a.m.

The championship match is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, April 29.

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No. 5 Oklahoma 4, No. 4 Nebraska 2

Singles Competition
1. Adrian Szatmary (NU) def. Vaclav Kucera (OU), 6-3, 6-3
2. Andrei Daescu (OU) def. David Bendheim (NU), 6-7 (3-7), 6-0, 6-3
3. Marek Velicka (OU) def. Hendrik Stahmer (NU), 6-1, 6-2
4. Rob McKenzie (OU) def. James Clow (NU), 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
5. Francois Van Impe (NU) def. Ryan Thomas (OU), 7-6 (7-2), 6-1
6. Federico Chavarria (OU) def. Renato Melo (NU), 6-4, 7-5

Match Notes
Oklahoma: 19-7, 2-4 Big 12
Nebraska: 9-11, 2-4 Big 12; National ranking #56
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (3,1,2,5,4,6)
Played indoors at Northland Raquet Club in North Kansas City due to rain.
Doubles were not played; match was decided after singles competition.

Other Big 12 Men’s Tennis Championship Results
No. 2 Oklahoma State 4, No. 7 Texas A&M 1
No. 3 Texas 4, No. 6 Texas Tech 2

 

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