Oklahoma eases past Rice
No. 13 Sooners earn seventh consecutive victory
HOUSTON -- No. 13 Oklahoma won its seventh consecutive match on Sunday after the Sooners earned a 6-1 victory against Rice at the Jake Hess Tennis Stadium.
The Sooners (13-3, 2-0 Big 12) won the doubles point and all but one match in singles to earn their seventh consecutive road win, this time in Houston.
Oklahoma started strong early after the Sooners swept the doubles portion of the event to take a 1-0 lead.
OU’s 13th-ranked duo comprised of Costin Paval and Dane Webb concluded action first at the No. 1 spot where the duo defeated the Owls’ Christian Saravia and Justin To 8-5.
Seventy-first ranked Tsvetan Mihov and Peerakit Siributwong finished off Michael Nuesslein and Jonathan Change 8-4 at the No. 2 position.
Lawrence Formentera and David Pultr closed out the doubles sweep after the tandem earned an 8-7(5) win against Rice’s Leif Berger and Sam Garforth-Bles.
In singles action, Roddick’s squad went on to win battles at every spot except No. 6 to run away with the victory.
Guillermo Alcorta, ranked No. 90, gave OU a 2-0 advantage after he downed Rice’s Saravia at the No. 2 spot 6-1, 6-1.
OU’s Siributwong followed suit after he handily defeated the Owls’ Nuesslein at the No. 5 position. He put away Nuesslien in identical set fashion 6-2.
Freshman sensation Webb continued his winning ways after the Sooner defeated Frank 6-3, 6-3, at No. 4.
Paval, the nation’s 17th-ranked singles player, went three sets with Rice’s Garforth-Bles, but came away with the win. Last week’s Big 12 Player of the Week won his first set 6-3, but fell in the second, 6-2. The Romanian finished off Garforth-Bles in the final set, 6-3.
Oklahoma’s Mihov put OU ahead 6-0 after he downed Chang in straight set fashion.
OU sustained its only loss at the No. 6 position where Pultr dropped a 7-6, 6-4, contest to Rice’s Seifert.