21st-ranked Oklahoma clinched the fifth seed at the Big 12 Championships after dismantling Nebraska, 6-1.
April 23, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. – No. 21 Oklahoma dropped the doubles point but swept singles to give the Sooners a 6-1 win over 40th-ranked Nebraska Friday, at the Headington Family Tennis Center.
For the third-consecutive match the doubles point came down to a tiebreaker set and like the three previous matches the Sooners fell short as Nebraska claimed wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions to give the Cornhuskers the 1-0 lead heading into singles action.
The Sooners lone doubles victory came at the No. 2 spot where juniors David Pultr and Ionut Beleleu downed the NU’s Christopher Aumueller and Francois Van Impe, 8-2.
“We lost another tough doubles point in another tiebreaker set,” head coach John Roddick said. “At some point you wonder how many you can lose like that. The guys didn’t play poorly and the doubles is a crapshoot. It is nothing for us to get too upset about.
However, that was the only point OU trailed in the match.
Beleleu (13-7) struck first for the Sooners in singles action, tying the score, 1-1, from his No. 1 spot. The Romanian native defeated 77th-ranked Aumueller in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. Beleleu is 2-2 at the No. 1 position on the year.
Minutes later, OU took the lead, 2-1, after sophomore George Chanturia (11-6) took down NU’s Andre Stenger at the No. 6 spot, 7-6, 6-2.
Freshman Lawrence Formentera inched the Sooners within one point of the win after he defeated the Cornhusker’s Benedikt Lindheim, 7-5, 6-2, at the No. 5 position. With the win, Formentera ended a three-match losing skid and improves to 15-7 on the year.
It took three sets for freshman Costin Paval (16-4) to clinch the match for Oklahoma at the No. 3 spot. Paval took the first and the third sets, 7-6, 6-3, respectively over Nebraska’s Francois Van Impe to claim the win. Paval has now won four of his last five matches heading into the Big 12 Championships.
OU continued the onslaught after Pultr (14-7) ousted NU’s Van Impe in three sets, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, to put OU up 5-1. Pultr has won six-straight and three-in-a-row in Big 12 action.
Senior Andrei Daescu carried out the singles sweep for OU after he dropped No. 74-ranked Calin Paar at the No. 2 spot. The Bucharest, Romania, native won his first set, 7-5, and the third set, 6-3, to give OU the 6-1 won.
“In singles we learned from last week,” Roddick said. “This team (Nebraska) pushed the teams that we lost to last week better than we did in singles. For us to win six out of six tonight is huge. They have a very good singles lineup, especially with their No. 1 guy back in. I am really proud of the guys for learning from last week about focus and playing disciplined tennis.”
With the win Oklahoma claimed the fifth seed at the Big 12 Championships, which are held in Austin, Texas, April 30-May 2. The Sooners will either face Texas Tech or Baylor in the first round.
No. 21 Oklahoma 6, No. 40 Nebraska 1
1. #71 Ionut Beleleu (OU) def. #77 Christopher Aumueller (NU), 6-4, 6-2
2. #26 Andrei Daescu (OU) def. #74 Calin Paar (NU), 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
3. #70 Costin Paval (OU) def. David Bendheim (NU), 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-3
4. David Pultr (OU) def. Francois Van Impe (NU), 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3
5. Lawrence Formentera (OU) def. Benedikt Lindheim (NU), 7-5, 6-2
6. George Chanturia (OU) def. Andre Stenger (NU), 7-6(4), 6-2
Order of finish: 1, 6, 5, 3*, 4, 2
1. #64 Bendheim/Paar (NU) def. #17 Daescu/Paval (OU), 8-6
2. Pultr/Beleleu (OU) def. Aumueller/Van Impe (NU), 8-2
3. Lindheim/Stenger (NU) def. Blake Boswell/Formentera (OU), 9-8(4)
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3