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OU Falls to No. 2 Virginia, 5-2
March 18, 2011

March 18, 2011

NORMAN, Okla. - The No. 32-ranked Oklahoma men's tennis team fell to No. Virginia Friday, 5-2, at the Headington Family Tennis Center.

The Sooners (8-3), who entered the match with six straight wins, are only the second team to score two points or more against the Cavaliers (17-0) this season. 

"We played a tough match today," said OU head coach John Roddick. "We lost to the team that should be the No. 1 team in the country. We're a really young team and we played well. I'm proud of the guys. I'm disappointed we lost, you can't be happy with that. But if we keep playing like that we aren't going to lose very many."

The undefeated Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead by securing the doubles point. 

The Sooner pair of Costin Paval and Peerakit Siributwong took Sanam Singh and Jarmere Jenkins, 8-5. 

Laurentiu Gavrila and Lawrence Formentera forced Julen Uriguen and Steven Eelkman Rooda into a tiebreaker but came up short, 9-8 (8-6).

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Virginia's Alex Domijan, the No. 2 player in the nation, defeated sophomore No. 65 Costin Paval at the No. 1 position, 6-4, 6-2. Paval (10-1) suffered his first defeat of the season. 

OU senior Ionut Beleleu was defeated by No. 8 Michael Shabaz, 6-1, 6-3, and Virginia's No. 22 Sanam Singh bested freshman Laurentiu Gavrila, 6-1, 6-3, to seal the victory for the Cavaliers. 

The Sooners continued to fight, with freshman Tsvetan Mihov defeating Justin Shane at the No. 5 position, 6-4, 7-6 (4), to put Oklahoma on the board. 

Oklahoma picked up its second point of the match from a win by Lawrence Formentera at the No. 6 position over #109 Julen Uriguen, 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (2).

Virginia's No. 37 Jarmere Jenkins defeated No. 113 Peerakit Siributwong at the No. 4 position, 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-4, to close out the match. 

The Sooners return to action Sunday afternoon against TCU at 1:00 CT at the Headington Family Tennis Center. 

  No. 2 Virginia 5, No. 32 Oklahoma 2 |  

1: Shabaz/Courtney (UVa) def. Beleleu/Mihov (OU), 8-6
2: Paval/Siributwong (OU) def. Singh/Jenkins (UVa), 8-5
3: Uriguen/Rooda (UVa) def. Gavrila/Formentera (OU), 9-8 (8-6)
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3

1: #2 Alex Domijan (UVa) def. #65 Costin Paval (OU), 6-4, 6-2
2: #8 Michael Shabaz (UVa) def. #32 Ionut Beleleu (OU), 6-1, 6-3
3: #22 Sanam Singh (UVa) def. Laurentiu Gavrila (OU), 6-2, 6-1
4: #37 Jarmere Jenkins (UVa) def. #113 Peerakit Siributwong (OU), 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-4
5: Tsvetan Mihov (OU) def. Justin Shane (UVa), 6-4, 7-6 (4)
6: Lawrence Formentera (OU) def. #109 Julen Uriguen (UVa), 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (2)
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3, 5, 6, 4 

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