Oklahoma tops Texas in Big 12 opener
Paval's victory at No. 1 singles clinches match for Sooners
AUSTIN, Texas. -- Oklahoma’s opened Big 12 play making a statement by taking down Texas, the team picked to win the league, on its home court on Friday evening.
The 21st-ranked Sooners cruised past the No. 13 Longhorns 5-2 at the Pennick-Allison Tennis Center in in a contest that finished in less than three hours.
"We played a really solid match," OU head coach John Roddick said. "Our doubles was really good again. In singles, we had a bunch of guys come out really focused and they did great jobs of closing sets when we had leads."
OU gained the doubles point, winning in No. 1 and No. 2 doubles and falling only in No. 3 doubles on a tiebreaker set, then dominated in key singles matchups en route to a road upset.
The 13th-ranked duo of Costin Paval and Dane Webb scored an 8-5 win against the 27th-ranked pair of Chris Camillone and David Holiner. OU’s 71st-ranked doubles team of Tsvetan Mihov and Peerakit Sirabutwong upset No. 50 Ben Chen and Daniel Whitehead 8-3 to put the momentum on the Sooners’ side for the rest of the evening.
OU’s Guillermo Alcorta, ranked No. 90 in singles, was first to finish on the No. 2 singles court, dropping No. 97 Daniel Whitehead 6-2, 6-1. Alcorta was followed in victory by No. 94 Dane Webb, who disposed of Ben Chen 6-2, 6-0 in the No. 5 spot and 17th-ranked Paval who defeated Texas’ Soren Hess-Olsen 6-2, 6-3 in No. 1 singles to clinch the overall decision.