The University of Oklahoma men’s tennis team dropped its first match of the of the season to Virginia Commonwealth, 5-2, Sunday afternoon in Norfolk, Va.
“VCU is a very tough team and they showed that today as they played excellent tennis and made us pay for our mistakes,” head coach Paul Lockwood said.
In No. 1 doubles Sebastian Ripoll and Emil Lindgren of VCU defeated the duo of Andrei Daescu and Federico Chavarria, 8-4. In No. 2 doubles Ryan Thomas and Ionut Beleleu lost 9-8 to Martin Schulhauser and Thibaut Charron.
The loss gave VCU the doubles point and put the Rams up 1-0. In No. 3 doubles the team of Sergey Avdeyev and Alex Joitoiu defeated Stepan Siska and Damien Lacombre, 8-5.
“We did not play the quality of tennis that we are capable of playing and in the end VCU came away with the victory,” senior Federico Chavarria said.
In No. 1 singles action Daescu defeated Schulhauser, 6-2, 6-4 to tie the match at 1-1. Beleleu lost to Charron, 6-2, 6-1 in No. 2 singles putting the Rams ahead 2-1. Avdeyev playing No. 3 singles tied the match at 2 all for the Sooners with his victory over Lacombre, (3-6), 6-1, 6-4.
“As a team we realize that if we don’t bring our top performance every single day that we will get beat because we play a very tough schedule. My team and I look forward to getting back on the court and correcting our mistakes,” Chavarria continued.
Alexandre Israel once again put VCU ahead by a point at 3-2 and the Rams never looked back as he defeated Vlad Marinescu in No. 4 singles, 7-6, (6-7), 10-8.
Joitoiu was defeated in No. 5 singles by Lindgren, 6-1, 6-1. In the final match at No. 6 singles Chavarria was beaten by Ripoll, 6-4, 7-6 to give the Rams a 5-2 victory.
“We need to learn from his defeat and take positives from it,” Lockwood continued. “We can’t let this defeat get us down because we have a lot more tennis to play against some very tough teams. We need to refocus and correct our mistakes.”
The Sooners continue on the road next weekend when they travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to face Minnesota on Feb. 9, and Wisconsin-Green Bay on Feb. 10.
No. 1 Andrei Daescu (OU) def. Martin Schulhauser (VCU), 6-2, 6-4 No. 2 Thibaut Charron (VCU) def. Ionut Beleleu (OU), 6-2, 6-1 No. 3 Sergey Avdeyev (OU) def. Damien Lacombre (VCU), (3-6), 6-1, 6-4 No. 4 Alexandre Israel (VCU) def Vlad Marinescu (OU), 7-6, (6-7), 10-8 No. 5 Emil Lindgren (VCU) def. Alex Joitoiu (OU), 6-1, 6-1 No. 6 Sebastian Ripoll (VCU) def. Federico Chavarria (OU), 6-4, 7-6
No. 1 Sebastian Ripoll/Emil Lindgren (VCU) def. Andrei Daescu/Federico Chavarria (OU), 8-4 No. 2 Martin Schulhauser/Thibaut Charron (VCU) def. Ryan Thomas/Ionut Beleleu (OU), 9-8 No. 3 Sergey Avdeyev/Alex Joitoiu (OU) def. Stepan Siska/Damien Lacombre (VCU), 8-5