April 6, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. – The 26th-ranked Oklahoma men’s tennis team won its fourth straight Bedlam battle Wednesday night after the Sooners routed Oklahoma State, 6-1, at the Headington Family Tennis Center.
“We played well,” John Roddick said. “I got onto the guys after the doubles a little bit because I didn’t like our intensity in warm-ups and we kind of got away with one in the doubles. Then we came out in the singles and played very well. All-in-All it was a good day at the end and a big win.”
The Sooners (12-4, 2-1 Big 12) led, 1-0, after taking the No. 3 and 1 doubles positions and continued its momentum into the singles portion where OU took five-out-of-six matches.
OU’s Laurentiu Gavrila and Lawrence Formentera teamed up at the No. 3 spot to rout OSU’s Rifat Biktyakov and Tomas Patiño, 8-3.
The Cowboys evened the doubles score after Maniel Bains and Eric West, ranked No. 74, defeated OU’s 42nd-ranked tandem comprised of Costin Paval and Peerakit Siributwong, 9-7.
At the No. 1 spot, OU’s Ionut Beleleu and Tsvetan Mihov upset OSU’s 18th-ranked duo, Aleksey Bessonov and Vlad Bondarenko, 9-8(1).
In singles, OU won three matches in straight sets to complete the Bedlam victory.
Paval, ranked No. 79, put the Sooners up 2-0 after he trounced the Cowboys' Vlad Bondarenko, 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 2 spot.
Siributwong, a native of Thailand, was next to finish his match after he routed OSU’s Biktyakov, 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 3 position.
The Sooners’ 30th-ranked Beleleu, the ITA Central Region champion, clinched the match for OU after he downed OSU’s 72nd-ranked Bains in identical set fashion, 6-3.
Formentera rallied to win his fourth straight match at the No. 5 spot, this time over Oklahoma State’s West. Formentera dropped the first set, 7-5, but took the second set, 6-3. In the super-tiebreaker set the California native earned a 10-3 win to clinch the point for the Sooners.
At the No. 4 spot, Oklahoma’s Gavrila put the Sooners up 6-0 after defeating OSU’s Bessonov. Gavrila took the first set, 6-2, but fell in the second set, 6-1. In the final set the Romanian native clinched the match with a 6-3 victory.
The final match of the night to finish pitted OU’s Tsvetan Mihov against the Cowboys’ Ilija Martinoski at the No. 6 position. Martinoski kept the Sooners from sweeping the Cowboys after he won in straight sets.
Up next, Oklahoma will step out of conference action to host Rice on Sunday, April 10 at 11 a.m.
No 26 Oklahoma 6, Oklahoma State 1
1. No. 30 Ionut Beleleu (OU) def. No. 72 Maniel Bains (OSU), 6-3, 6-3
2. No. 79 Costin Paval (OU) def. Vlad Bondarenko (OSU), 6-2, 6-1
3. Peerakit Siributwong (OU) def. Rifat Biktyakov (OSU), 6-2, 6-1
4. Laurentiu Gavrila (OU) def. Aleksey Bessonov (OSU), 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
5. Lawrence Formentera (OU) def. Eric West (OSU), 5-7, 6-3, 10-3
6. Tsvetan Mihov (OU) vs. Ilija Martinoski (OSU), 6-4, 7-6(4)
Order of finish:2, 3, 1*, 5, 4, 6
1. Beleleu/Mihov (OU) def. No. 18 Bessonov/Bondarenko (OSU), 9-8(1)
2. No. 74 Bains/West (OSU) def. No. 42 Paval Siributwong (OU), 9-7
3. Formentera/Gavrila (OU) def. Biktyakov/Patiño (OSU), 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1