NORMAN, Okla. – No. 17 Oklahoma opened the 2011 campaign by sweeping Wichita State 7-0 inside the Gregg Wadley Tennis Pavilion on Tuesday.
“Wichita State is a good team,” coach John Roddick said. “They are a better team than when we played them last year. Going out and winning 7-0 is encouraging and doesn’t leave too many question marks in my mind about where we are at.”
The Sooners (1-0) rolled out to an early lead after sweeping the doubles portion of the match. OU secured its first doubles victory after 26th-ranked Ionut Beleleu and Costin Paval routed the Shockers’ Vlad MArinescu and Valentin Mihai 8-2.
Lawrence Formentera and John Warden, ranked No. 38, teamed up to down WSU’s Patrick Stiebinger and Guillermo Gomez 8-5. Oklahoma newcomers Tsvetan Mihov and Peerakit Siributwong completed the sweep after defeating Wichita State’s Matheus Pereira and David Cavalcanti 8-5.
Singles proved to be much of the same as Oklahoma won each match in consecutive sets.
Paval, ranked No. 57, was the first of the Sooners to claim a victory after he downed WSU’s Steibinger, 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 2 spot.
Finishing close behind Paval was Siributwong at the No. 3 position, as he defeated the Shockers’ Pereira in identical sets, 6-2, 6-2.
Formentera, a sophomore from Colton, Calif., sealed the victory for OU after he defeated WSU’s Mihai, 6-2, 7-5, at the No. 6 spot.
Beleleu manned the No. 1 position for the Sooners and he showed why after routing Wichita State’s Marinescu, 6-3, 6-3.
Two Sooners, Warden and Mihov, rallied to win their second sets after each took their first set 6-4. Warden rallied from a 5-2 deficit to take the match 7-5, while Mihov came back to win 6-4 after being down two sets.
“In singles we have a lot of young guys that are playing and playing well,” Roddick said. “We had some rough patches, but everyone took care of business in straight sets. So you can never be too disappointed when that happens.
“Hopefully this gives some of these young guys an idea of what’s going on and a little bit of confidence moving forward to the Regional Indoors at Illinois.”