20th-ranked OU upset No. 14 Texas Tech, 4-2, and will advance to the Round of 16 in Athens, Ga.
- In his first year, head coach John Roddick led 20th-ranked Oklahoma to its first ever appearance in the NCAA Round of 16 after advancing past No. 14 Texas Tech, 4-2, in the second round of the Norman Regional.
"It's a huge step for our program," John Roddick said. "Teams that are consistently competing are consistently in the round of 16. So for us to get there and now to get to experience that is a huge step for us."
The Sooners (18-7, 2-5) ended a five-match losing skid to the Red Raiders, which included three-straight losses throughout the 2010 season.
"It was a tough match," Roddick said. "We had lost to them three times this year and I kept harping on the doubles point after the other losses. I think that was the main difference in the match and I think that showed again today."
For the second-consecutive match OU jumped ahead, 1-0, after taking the doubles portion of the match.
The Sooners Blake Boswell and Lawrence Formentera struck first for OU at the No. 3 spot. The duo defeated the Red Raider's Vitor Manzini and David Gonzalez in impressive fashion, 8-3.
OU proceeded to drop the No. 2 spot to Texas Tech, which evened the doubles score.
Senior Andrei Daescu and freshman Costin Paval rallied from a two-point deficit to secure the doubles point for the Sooners as the duo downed TT's Raony Carvalho and Rafael Garcia, 8-6, at the No. 1 position.
"We came out and played as good of doubles as we have played all year," Roddick said.
In singles action, the Sooners wasted little time as the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Paval, pounced on Tech's Andre Stabile in identical sets, 6-1.
Texas Tech answered with a win at the No. 5 position bringing the score to 2-1.
Formentera put the Sooners up, 3-1, after he handled TT's Gonzalez in straight-sets, 6-0, 6-4.
However, the Red Raiders would not go down without a fight as they climbed back within one after Manzini beat OU's junior David Pultr at the No. 4 position.
Junior Ionut Beleleu clinched the match for the Sooners after he defeated Tech's Garcia at the No. 2 spot.
"We took care of business, we played disciplined tennis and I'm just excited for the guys because this was our goal," Roddick said.
The 2010 NCAA Championships will be held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia, hosted by the University of Georgia. The team championship will be held May 20-25. Brackets and opponents will be posted as soon as they become available.
No. 20 Oklahoma 4, No. 14 Texas Tech 2
1. Gonzalo Escobar (TTU) vs. Andrei Daescu (OU), DNF
2. Ionut Beleleu (OU) def. Rafael Garcia (TTU),6-4, 6-3
3. Costin Paval (OU) def. Andre Stabile (TTU), 6-1, 6-1
4. Vitor Manzini (TTU) def. David Pultr (OU), 6-4, 6-2
5. Raphael Pfister (TTU) def. George Chanturia (OU), 6-0, 6-1
6. Lawrence Formentera (OU) def. David Gonzalez (TTU), 6-0, 6-4
Order of Finish: 3, 5, 6, 4, 2
1. Daescu/Paval (OU) def. Carvalho/Garcia (TT), 8-6
2. Escobar/Stabile (TTU) def. Beleleu/Pultr (OU), 8-5
3. Boswell/Formentera (OU) def. Manzini/Gonzales (TTU), 8-3
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1