WACO, Texas – No. 25 Oklahoma advanced to the semifinals of the Big 12 Championships after cruising past No. 21 Texas Tech, 4-0, Friday. The fifth-seeded Sooners will take on No. 1 seed and fifth-ranked Baylor on Saturday at the Baylor Tennis Center.
“I think just sneaking out the doubles point, we almost let that slip,” John Roddick said. “We were in control of it then we ended up having to save match point. I think just coming through that eliminates a little doubt. I think the guys are comfortable playing here and that always helps. It showed in the singles. Our guys didn’t doubt themselves at all on any courts really.”
Oklahoma (15-6, 4-3 Big 12) earned the early doubles point after winning at the No. 2 and 3 doubles positions. The 70th-ranked duo comprised of Ionut Beleleu and Tsvetan Mihov fell at the No. 1 spot to the Red Raiders’ 46th-ranked Gonzalo Escobar and Victor Manzini, 8-2.
Costin Paval and Peerakit Siributwong, ranked No. 73, then downed TT’s Raony Carvalho and David Gonzalez, 8-6, at the No. 2 spot. Lawrence Formentera and Laurentiu Gavrila clinched the point for the Sooners after taking the tie-breaker set, 10-8, to defeat Tech’s Jeff Bryan and Raphael Pfister, 9-8.
In singles, Oklahoma took the first three singles matches in straight sets at the No. 2, 3 and 4 spots to earn the sweep versus Texas Tech.
Paval, ranked No. 48, started things off with a decisive 6-3, 6-0 victory against Tech’s 24th-ranked Escobar at the No. 2 position.
Gavrila put the Sooners ahead 3-0 after he downed Manzini, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 3 singles.
Siributwong clinched the match at the No. 4 spot after he took down Gabriel Wanderley, 6-3, 6-2.
With the win against Texas Tech, Oklahoma avenged its regular season loss to the Red Raiders and gave Roddick his first win in Big 12 tournament play.
The Sooners set their sights on top seeded Baylor, who edged them in their previous meeting, 4-3, on April 15 in Waco.
“I think we proved two weeks ago that we play can with them, but we also know that we played very well that day and lost,” Roddick exclaimed. “It is a match that our guys have to be excited to play. They know they can play and have a chance to be in the match, but if we don’t play focused and come out and play disciplined tennis, they also know Baylor could run away with it.”