No. 13 Oklahoma Stops No. 20 Texas Tech
Vitor Manzini won both of his matches against Oklahoma on Sunday.
April 15, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. – No. 13 Oklahoma ended No. 20 Texas Tech’s run of six straight matches on Sunday, as the Sooners pulled past the Red Raiders, 5-2, at the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Center.
The match was moved indoors due to increasingly high winds.
“OU played very well in doubles and at the top two positions,” said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. “We battled hard today, b ut OU was simply too good and deserves the conference title.”
The win vaults Oklahoma into at least a share for the Big 12 titles, while Texas Tech sits all alone in second place.
“We still have a lot to play for next Saturday against Texas – the second seed and a first round bye in the conference tournament,” added Siegel.
David Pultr and Lawrence Formentera won the first match of the day, as the dup topped Jeff Bryan and Gabriel Wanderley, 8-3. Vitor Manzini and Rafael Garcia answered OU’s point, by giving Tech one of its own. The pair pulled out an 8-5 win over No. 58 Tsvetan Mihov and Peerakit Siributwong.
Oklahoma’s No. 8 tandem of Costin Paval and Dane Webb became the first team to top No. 19 Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar, as the Sooners took an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles and secure the first point of the day.
In singles, No. 11 Paval tripped No. 98 Carvalho, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 1 and Formentera picked up a straight-set win over Francisco Zambon, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 6 extending Oklahoma’s lead to 3-0.
No. 84 Gillermo Alcorta then bested No. 45 Escobar, 7-5, 6-2, at No. 2 to give the Sooners the fourth and deciding point. Manzini finally got Tech on the board, when he got past #106 Siributwong, who had to retire in the third set.
“Gonzalo had to set points in the first set that could have given us some momentum, but it just didn’t happen today,” said Siegel.
No. 101 Webb then topped Wanderley at No. 5, 7-5, 6-4 and Tech’s Garcia then ousted Tsvetan Mihov, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.
No. 13 Oklahoma 5, No. 20 Texas Tech 2
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