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Tennis: OU sweeps through Illinois State

by Mike Sherman Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm •  Published: January 20, 2008

The University of Oklahoma men’s tennis team picked up where they left off on Saturday as they completed play at the 2007-08 Shocker Invitational.

OU burst out of the gates with five consecutive singles victories to begin the morning against Illinois State.

After dropping only one match all day on Saturday the Sooners picked up seven total victories on Sunday that also included two doubles victories against the Redbirds.

Junior Sergey Avdeyev defeated Nuno Jacinto, 6-1, 6-1.  Freshman Ionut Beleleu defeated Oscar Beich, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, for his first career singles victory.  Freshman Alex Joitoiu defeated Xavier Riart-Ferrer, 6-2, 6-4, for his second-career singles victory.  Freshman Vlad Marinescu defeated Daniel Tobar, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4, for his second straight sets victory in as many days.  Senior Ryan Thomas continued his solid play as he disposed of Michael Hobson, 6-2, 6-4.

“We are excited about the way we performed this weekend,” head coach Paul Lockwood said.  “Obviously we know that we have a lot more tennis to play but this is a great way to begin the season.”

The Sooners and Redbirds continued play in the afternoon as the two schools switched to doubles play.

The Sooner duo of Thomas and Beleleu again play solid tennis and defeated the team of Beich and Riart-Ferrer winning, 8-4.  Marinescu and Joitoiu teamed up for the second straight day and defeated the Redbirds Hobson and Tobar 8-4.

“I am excited about the potential of our team, but we look forward to getting back on the practice court so that we can correct our mistakes.  There is a lot of tennis left and we must improve if we want to accomplish the goals we have set forth for ourselves,” Lockwood continued.

The Sooners host Fresno State next Friday, Jan. 25, at Willow Creek Country Club in Oklahoma City.

Illinois State vs. Oklahoma (Singles)
Sergey Avdeyev (OU) def. Nuno Jacinto (ILS), 6-1, 6-1
Ionut Beleleu (OU) def. Oscar Beich (ILS), 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
Alex Joitoiu (OU) def. Xavier Riart-Ferrer (ILS), 6-2, 6-4
Vlad Marinescu (OU) def. Daniel Tobar (ILS), 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
Ryan Thomas (OU) def. Michael Hobson (ILS), 6-2, 6-4

Oklahoma vs. Illinois State (Doubles)
Thomas/Beleleu (OU) def. Beich/Riart-Ferrer (ILS), 8-4
Marinescu/Joitoiu (OU) def. Hobson/Tobar (ILS), 8-4

by Mike Sherman
Sports Editor
Mike Sherman is sports editor of The Oklahoman, where he has a combined 18 years of service during two stints as a writer and an editor. He covered high school sports for The Oklahoman from 1984-93. He also worked as a news writer for the...
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