March 27, 2012
TULSA, Okla. – The 21st-ranked Oklahoma men’s tennis team took down No. 18 Tulsa, 5-2, on Tuesday night at the Case Tennis Center.
Oklahoma (10-3, 0-0 Big 12) has won four-straight road matches. The win over the Golden Hurricane marked the Sooners’ final non-conference competition before Big 12 play begins this weekend.
The Sooners controlled the match early by sweeping the doubles portion and taking the 1-0 lead.
Lawrence Formentera and David Pultr began the night by handling Tulsa’s Tristan Jackson and Lucian Gheorghe, 8-1. Tsvetan Mihov and Peerakit Siributwong soon followed suit by defeating Grant Ive and Alejandro Espejo, 8-5.
In one of the evening’s marquee matchups, the Sooner duo of Costin Paval and Dane Webb, ranked No. 13 in the nation, took down the fourth-ranked combo of Ashley Watling and Clifford Marsland, 8-6.
“We got off to a really great start in doubles,” John Roddick said. “Dane and Costin had a great win against the No. 4 team in the country and at No. 3 Lawrence and Pultr rebounded after not posting a great result at TCU. They played unbelievable winning, 8-1. Tsvetan and Deuce (Siributwong) were really solid like they have been all year.”
Tulsa recovered from losing the doubles point by tying it up in the singles portion with Jackson defeating Pultr, 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 6 position. The Golden Hurricane later took the lead when Watling topped Mihov in the No. 3 spot, 6-2, 6-4.
Trailing 2-1 through two singles matchups, the Sooners took control of the match and won the final singles points.
No. 17 Paval defeated No. 93 Clifford Marsland, 6-4, 6-2, at the No. 1 spot, improving to 9-3 this season. No. 90 Guillermo Alcorta also had success, taking down Japie De Klerk, 6-1, 7-5, in the No. 2 position.
Oklahoma concluded the night with wins at No. 4 and 5 spots with Webb topping Ive, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, and Siributwong beating Espejo, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2).
“All-in-all it was a great team victory,” Roddick added. “To see Deuce come back in the third, especially after the match was clinched, was a great sign. The guys are really starting to battle and that is good to see. We just have to keep it up for the rest of the year.”
Earlier on Tuesday, the Sooners were selected as second in the first ever Big 12 preseason poll of the conference’s coaches.
Oklahoma trailed only Texas, who was pegged the favorites to win the conference after the Longhorn’s received four first place votes and 24 points. OU tallied two of the six first place votes and finished just three points (21) behind their foes from south of the Red River.
The Sooners and Horns open up Big 12 play against each other on Friday, March 30 at 5 p.m. in Austin.
#21 Oklahoma 5, #18 Tulsa 2
1. #17 Costin Paval (OU) def. #93 Clifford Marsland (TLS) 6-4, 6-2
2. #90 Guillermo Alcorta (OU) def. #83 Japie De Klerk (TLS) 6-1, 7-5
3. #89 Ashley Watling (TLS) def. Tsvetan Mihov (OU) 6-2, 6-4
4. #94 Dane Webb (OU) def. Grant Ive (TLS) 7-6 (7-2), 6-2
5. #82 Peerakit Siributwong (OU) def. Alejandro Espejo (TLS) 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)
6. Tristan Jackson (TLS) def. David Pultr (OU) 6-2, 6-1
1. #13 Costin Paval/Dane Webb (OU) def. #4 Ashley Watling/Clifford Marsland (TLS) 8-6
2. #71 Tsvetan Mihov/Peerakit Siributwong (OU) def. Grant Ive/Alejandro Espejo (TLS) 8-5
3. Lawrence Formentera/David Pultr (OU) def. Tristan Jackson/Lucian Gheorghe (TLS) 8-1