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6-2 / 193
(Spring) Ranked No. 21 in singles as of May 2 ... Ranked No. 46 in doubles with partner Dane Webb as of May 2 ... Named the ITA Central Region Senior Player of the Year and Big 12 Player of the Year ... Had a doubles win over Texas in the semi-finals en route to OU's second Big 12 Championship title in a row ... Big 12 regular season champion at No. 1 singles with a 5-0 record ... Also tied Baylor and TCU's No. 1 tandems with a 4-1 record as the regular season doubles champions ... Named to the Academic All-Big 12 team with second-team honors ... Beat No. 18 Kyle McMorrow and No. 82 Ben McLachlan when he was No. 68 ... Upset No. 34 Japie De Klerk and No. 94 Anthony Rossi when he was No. 103 ... Played at the No. 1 position in 23 matches and the No. 2 position in one match in singles ... Played 25 matches in No. 1 position in doubles with partner Dane Webb. (Fall) Doubles co-champion with partner Dane Webb and fellow Sooners Peerakit Siributwong and Leonard Stakhovksy at Longhorn Invitational ... Made it to doubles semifinals at ITA Central Region Championships with parner Dane Webb ... ITA preseason No. 6 singles player ... ITA preseason No. 1 doubles tandem with Dane Webb.
Named a 2012 All-American in doubles after he and Dane Webb advanced to the semifinals at the NCAA Championships ... Went 3-1 in NCAA doubles competition ... Finished the year with a 21-5 doubles record ... Automatic qualifier for the NCAA Singles Championships where he went 1-1 ... Named the Big 12 Player of the Year ... Earned two Big 12 Player of the Week honors (April 2 and April 24) ... He and Webb earned the No. 1 doubles position title in the Big 12 after going 5-0 in conference action ... Went 16-4 in dual singles action ... Was ranked as high as No. 4-nationally in singles (Jan. 3, 2012), which is a career-high ... He and Webb were ranked as high as No. 8 nationally in doubles ... Held a 9-3 record in singles action during the fall campaign ... Advanced to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships where he went 2-1 ... Made it to the semifinals at the ITA All-American Championships ... Finished the fall with an 11-3 doubles record with Webb.
Selected as at-large participants to compete in the singles portion of the 2011 NCAA Championships ... First team All-Big 12 selection ... 2010 USTA/ITA Central Region runner-up ... Ranked as high as No. 41 in singles ... Finished the regular season with an 17-6 record ... Began the season winning nine straight in singles action ... Teamed with Peerakit Siributwong where the duo went 11-6 and were ranked as high as 42nd-nationally ... Finished the year ranked No. 74 in doubles ... Defeated Texas Tech's 22nd-ranked Gonzalo Escobar ... In doubles, Paval and Siributwong defeated Texas' Damico and Holiner, ranked No. 28.
Named to the 2010 ITA All-America team ... Honored as the 2010 Big 12 Freshman of the Year ... 2010 ITA Named the ITA Central Region `Player to Watch" ... Advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Doubles Championships ... Competed in all 26 matches for the Sooners ... Finished the spring campaign with a record of 19-5 ... Competed mostly at the No. 3 singles position (15-5) ... Partnered with Andrei Daescu at the No. 1 doubles spot and finished with an 11-7 record ... Ended the year with a doubles ranking of 13 and singles ranking of 78 ... Advanced to the main draw at the D'Novo/ITA All-American Championships ... Pre-season No. 69 singles player nationally ... No. 9 player in the Central Region.
Prior to OU
2006 Romanian National Champion... Highest ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) ranking 906.
Son of Gigi and Daniela Paval ... Mother Daniela was professional tennis player and three-time national champion ... Father Gigi was a professional rugby player and was on the national team for two years ... Likes to play video games, fish and spend time with family and friends ... Chose OU because the assistant coach at the time was from Romania ... Counts his national championship in singles and doubles as his most notable achievement before coming to OU ... His proudest moment in life so far is winning the Big 12 and the entire Big 12 tournament ... Favorite tennis player is Andree Agassi ... Favorite song is Eye of the Tiger.