21st-ranked Oklahoma disposed of its in-state rival OSU Wednesday, 6-1.
April 7, 2010
STILLWATER, Okla. – 21st-ranked Oklahoma routed No. 47 Oklahoma State, 6-1, Wednesday at the Jack DeBois Tennis Complex in the second Bedlam edition in Stillwater.
The Sooners (14-4, 1-2) are 2-0 against the Cowboys (7-10, 0-4) this season after defeating OSU 4-3 in their first meeting on Feb. 7. In that dual, OU erased a 20-match losing streak to OSU, dating back to 1995.
“We really did a good job of battling through some tough conditions today,” OU head coach John Roddick said.
OU started the Bedlam domination by sweeping the doubles portion of the match and claiming the early 1-0 lead.
Juniors Ionut Beleleu and David Pultr teamed up at the No. 2 position to throttle OSU’s Eric West and Anton Bobytskyi, 8-4.
Oklahoma clinched the doubles point after senior Blake Boswell partnered with freshman Lawrence Formentera to dispose of the Cowboy’s Maxi Kuhn and Ilija Martinoski, 9-7, at the No. 3 spot.
The No. 1 doubles was a heated contest between OSU’s 16th-ranked twosome Oleksandr Nedovyesov and Aleksey Bessonov and OU’s 47th-ranked duo comprised of senior Andrei Daescu and freshman Costin Paval. The Oklahoma pair rallied from a 6-3 deficit to take the set, 8-7(5). The win over the nationals No. 16-ranked duo marks the Sooner tandems biggest win of the season, which was previously against Tulsa’s 30th-ranked duo.
In singles action, OU secured its first point at the No. 6 position where sophomore George Chanturia quickly dealt with OSU’s Kuhn, downing him in identical sets, 6-2.
OSU came within one point of the Sooners after No. 13 Nedovyesov secured the Cowboys only point of the afternoon.
Paval, No. 64 nationally, quickly answered for the Sooners at the No. 3 spot after he downed OSU’s Bessonov, 6-2, 7-6, bringing the tally to 3-1.
At the No. 5 position Formentera dominated the first set, 6-1, but fell in the second set to OSU’s West, 7-5. In the third set Formentera fell behind 5-1 before rallying to take the set 7-5, and clinching the match for the Sooners.
“Formentera competed great and had a comeback win that was huge for us,” Roddick said. “Without that win, it could have gotten really interesting.”
OU saw its lead increase to four after Pultr claimed victories in his first and third sets over OSU’s Martinoski.
The route continued when 54th-ranked Beleleu dropped OSU’s Bobytskyi after three sets, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(4), making the final 6-1.
Oklahoma returns to action at No. 42 Rice Sunday, April 11 at 1 p.m.
No. 21 Oklahoma 6, No. 47 Oklahoma State 1
1. #14 Oleksandr Nedovyesov (OSU) def. #23 Andrei Daescu (OU), 6-4, 6-3
2. #54 Ionut Beleleu (OU) def. #98 Anton Bobytskyi (OSU), 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(4)
3. #64 Costin Paval def. Aleksey Bessonov (OSU), 6-2, 7-6(4)
4. David Pultr (OU) def. Ilija Martinoski (OSU), 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-2
5. Lawrence Formentera (OU) def. Eric West (OSU), 6-1, 5-7, 7-5
6. George Chanturia def. Maxi Kuhn (OSU), 6-2, 6-2
Order of finish: 6, 1, 3, 5*, 4, 2
1. #47 Daescu/Paval (OU) def. #16 Nedovyesov/Bessonov (OSU), 8-7(5)
2. Beleleu/Pultr (OU) def. West/Bobytskyi (OSU), 9-7
3. Blake Boswell/Formentera (OU) def. Kuhn/Ilija Martinoski (OSU), 8-4
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1