May 15, 2010

NORMAN, Okla. - After beating No. 20 Oklahoma on three occasions this year, the No. 14 Texas Tech men's tennis team couldn't make it a fourth time as it suffered a 4-2 loss to the Sooners in the second round of the NCAA Championships on Saturday afternoon at the Headington Family Tennis Center.

For the first time in the four matches this year, Oklahoma (18-7) won the doubles points over Tech (22-6). The Sooners won at No. 3 first as Blake Boswell and Lawrence Formentera downed Vitor Manzini and David Gonzalez, 8-3. Tech was then victorious at No. 2 as Gonzalo Escobar and Andre Stabile defeated Ionut Beleleu and David Pultr, 8-5. The doubles point came down to the No. 1 spot with the match tied a 6-6 before OU's 18th-ranked tandem of Andrei Daescu and Costin Paval broke serve to go up 7-6 over 17th-ranked Raony Carvalho and Rafael Garcia. OU's duo then served out the match to win 8-6 and claim the doubles point for the Sooners.

In singles, the Red Raiders had to pull 17th-ranked Carvalho from the lineup due to an injury that has been bothering him for the last week. Tech had to move everyone up a spot and insert Gonzalez in at No. 6 for the second-straight match.

OU took a 2-0 lead with a win at No. 3 singles before Tech got on the scoreboard with a win at No. 5 as Raphael Pfister beat George Chanturia, 6-0, 6-1.

The Sooners went up 3-1 by winning at No. 6 and then Tech made it 3-2 with a win by Manzini, 6-4, 6-2, against Pultr at No. 4. OU took the last win at No. 2 as 65th-ranked Beleleu dropped Garcia, 6-4, 6-3.

"I'm incredibly disappointed for Ray (Raony Carvalho) and for the team," head coach Tim Siegel state. "It's very unfortunate we weren't able to have Ray today, but I'm very proud of this young team and what we've accomplished this year. We fought until the end and almost pulled it out without our No. 1 player (Carvalho). Oklahoma played well and deserved the victory - the best of luck to them."