April 19, 2012
STILLWATER, Okla. – The 11th-ranked Oklahoma men’s tennis squad clinched sole possession of the Big 12 regular season title after the Sooners trumped Oklahoma State, 6-1, at the DeBois Tennis Complex in Stillwater Thursday.
“We did a great job today of coming out and playing focused tennis,” John Roddick said. “We got off to some huge leads and closed them out quickly, which is not easy to do in this kind of wind.”
Roddick’s Bedlam victory marked the team’s 10th-consecutive victory, bringing OU’s regular season record to 16-3. In route to the conference title, OU went undefeated in Big 12 play to boast a 5-0 conference record, another program first.
“To win the Big 12 outright is an unbelievable achievement for this team,” Roddick said. “I am proud of the work they have put in and they deserve to reap the rewards.
“I would also like to congratulate Coach [James] Wadley on the job he did at OSU for 40 years. He is a great personality in college tennis and he will be missed out here.”
Oklahoma opened Bedlam action sweeping the doubles portion of the match. The Sooners have now won the doubles point in 17 of its 19 matches this year, during which OU has won nine straight.
Lawrence Formentera and David Pultr started the Sooners off by blanking OSU’s Trevor Horstmann and Brandon Champagne, 8-0, at the No. 3 position.
At the No. 1 position OU’s eighth-ranked Costin Paval and Dane Webb thrashed the Cowboys’ Rifat Biktyakov and Vlad Bondarenko, 8-4, to clinch the point for the Sooners.
Tsvetan Mihov and Peerakit Siributwong, ranked No. 58, capped off doubles sweep after the duo cruised to an 8-3 victory over Oklahoma State’s Chris Haworth and Eric West.
Oklahoma topped the Cowboys in five of the six singles matches to run away with the Bedlam victory.
Paval began the onslaught in singles action as the nation’s No. 13 ranked singles player did not give up a point to OSU’s Vlad Bondarenko, ranked No. 107, as he cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 1 singles.
Formentera gave OU a 3-0 lead and earned his first win of the spring season after he cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 win over OSU’s Champagne at the No. 6 spot.
Fifty-ninth ranked Guillermo Alcorta clinched the match for the Sooners following a 6-1, 6-3 conquest of the Cowboys’ Biktyakov at the No. 2 spot. Alcorta has now put together a string of 10 consecutive victories.
Oklahoma State’s West put the Cowboys on the board after OU’s Siributwong retired from his match at the No. 4 spot.
Webb, a freshman from Richardson, Texas, won his 10th-straight match after the 96th-ranked singles player earned an identical, 6-1, straight set win over OSU’s Horstmann at the No. 5 spot. Webb boasts a 17-1 record heading into the conference tournament.
Tsvetan Mihov won in straight set fashion over OSU’s Haworth, 6-1, 6-4, to cap off the Bedlam victory at the No. 3 position.
“We are going to get back to work on Saturday and start focusing on the postseason,” Roddick said.
The Sooners will take their No. 1 seed to College Station, Texas, where they will compete in the Big 12 Championships from April 27-29. OU has a bye on Friday and will open action Saturday at 11 a.m.
No. 11 Oklahoma 6, Oklahoma State 1
1. #13 Costin Paval (OU) def. #107 Vlad Bondarenko (OSU) 6-0, 6-0
2. #59 Guillermo Alcorta (OU) def. Rifat Biktyakov (OSU) 6-1, 6-3
3. Tsvetan Mihov (OU) def. Chris Haworth (OSU) 6-1, 6-4
4. Eric West (OSU) def. #125 Peerakit Siributwong (OU) 6-4, 1-0, retired
5. #96 Dane Webb (OU) def. Trevor Horstmann (OSU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Lawrence Formentera (OU) def. Brandon Champagne (OSU) 6-2, 6-0
Order of finish: 1, 6, 2*, 4, 5, 3
1. #8 Costin Paval/Dane Webb (OU) def. Rifat Biktyakov/Vlad Bondarenko (OSU) 8-4
2. #58 Tsvetan Mihov/Peerakit Siributwong (OU) def. Chris Haworth/Eric West (OSU) 8-3
3. Lawrence Formentera/David Pultr (OU) def. Trevor Horstmann/Brandon Champagne (OSU) 8-0
Order of finish: 3, 1*, 2