Sooners Top Gophers, 4-3

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 10, 2008

Feb. 10, 2008

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - No. 36 Oklahoma (3-1) earned the doubles point and picked up three singles victories to defeat No. 52 Minnesota (1-3), by a margin of 4-3, at the Baseline Center on Saturday night.

OU jumped out to the early lead as the Sooners won all three doubles matches to earn the doubles point.

Andrei Daescu and Federico Chavarria, playing No. 1 doubles, defeated the Gopher duo of Raoul Schwark and Chi Pham, 8-1, to begin the night.

Ryan Thomas and Ionut Beleleu followed up by defeating Derek Peterson and Dino Bilankov, 9-8, to claim the doubles point.

Sergey Avdeyev and Alexandru Joitoiu defeated Sebastian Gallego and Adam Altepeter, 9-8, to sweep the doubles matches.

"Securing the doubles point is always a big key because it gives you momentum to begin the match and I am proud of our guys for stepping up to begin the match," head coach Paul Lockwood said.

Daescu, ranked No. 21 in the country in singles play, defeated Schwark, 6-3, 7-5.   The victory moved his season record to 4-0.  The win put Oklahoma ahead 2-0.

Playing No. 2 singles Bilankov defeated Beleleu, 6-7, 6-3, 1-0, to put Minnesota on the board.  The Gophers tied the match at 2-2 with a victory at No. 3 singles as Gallego defeated Avdeyev 4-6, 7-6, 1-0.

Marinescu came up big for the Sooners at No. 4 singles.  The freshman defeated Pham, 6-2, 6-4, to put Oklahoma ahead 3-2.

"Minnesota played a very tough match and forced us to continue to play at the top of our game in each match," Lockwood continued.  "I am proud of the way we continued to work throughout the match and came away with another road victory."

Minnesota fought right back at No. 5 singles as Pierre Dumas defeated Joitoiu, 6-3, 6-4 to tie the score once again this time at 3-3.

The match came down to No. 6 singles where Chavarria came up huge for the Sooners.

The senior defeated Altepeter, 6-2, 6-1, to give Oklahoma the 4-3 victory.

"We knew that Minnesota was going to play tough tennis but each time they tied the score we fought back and took the lead back," Chavarria said.  "In the end we had what it took to come away with the victory."

The Sooners return home Sunday, Feb. 17, as they host Arkansas at Willow Creek Golf and Country Club in Oklahoma City at 11 a.m.

Oklahoma 4, Minnesota 3
1. Andrei Daescu/Federico Chavarria (OU) def. Raoul Schwark/Chi Pham, 8-1
2. Ryan Thomas/Ionut Beleleu (OU) def. Derek Peterson/Dino Bilankov, 9-8
3. Sergey Avdeyev/Alexandru Joitoiu (OU) def. Sebastian Gallego/Adam Altepeter, 9-8

1. Daescu (OU) def. Schwark 6-3, 7-5
2. Bilankov (Minn.) def. Beleleu 6-7, 6-3, 1-0
3. Gallego (Minn.) def. Avdeyev 4-6, 7-6, 1-0
4. Vlad Marinescu (OU) def. Pham 6-2, 6-4
5. Pierre Dumas (Minn.) def. Joitoiu 6-3, 6-4
6. Chavarria (OU) def. Altepeter 6-2, 6-1



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