COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS - Seniors Colin Hoover and John Lewis tallied a couple of points but it was not enough on Sunday as No. 21 Oklahoma defeated No. 25 Texas A&M, 5-2, before 370 fans, including U.S. tennis great Andy Roddick, at George P. Mitchell Tennis Center on the Aggie campus.
The win improves the Sooners to 12-3 and 2-0 in Big 12 play, while A&M falls to 11-9 and 1-1 in the league. Roddick's brother, John, is the head coach for the Sooners.
OU swept all three doubles points, starting on court No. 2 with senior co-captains Alexis Klegou and Colin Hoover falling quickly to the 71st ranked OU duo of Tsvetan Mihov and Peerakit Siributwong 8-2. Junior Niall Angus and Senior John Lewis were ahead 6-3 at the No. 3 line before losing five straight points to lose 8-6. Last off for the doubles were the 30th ranked pairing of redshirt freshman Jackson Withrow and sophomore Junior Ore, who lost in a tie breaker at the No. 1 line 9-8 to an OU pairing who were ranked 13th in the country.
"I thought the doubles point was really crucial today because we had a great chance to win it, but just couldn't close it out at the number three line, and then fell at the one, but who knows what could have happened there," Aggie head coach Steve Denton said after the match. "And then obviously it hurt us to lose so quickly at the one and two lines in singles and put us in a 0-3 hole, but I thought that we had a chance in all of the other matches. We knew that Oklahoma was a good team, having just beat Texas at their house, and we just couldn't get it done today."
Klegou, who is ranked No. 29 in singles, fell quickly to No. 17 Costin Paval by a score of 6-4, 6-0. He was followed after that by Ore, who lost 6-3, 6-4 to the No. 90 player nationally.
Colin Hoover kept the Aggies alive when he came back from being down 1-4 in the second set to win 6-4, 7-5 at the No. 3 line to push the score to 3-1, but unfortunately the Sooners were just too much.
In a battle of the freshmen, Jeremy Efferding fell to No. 94 Dane Webb of OU by a score of 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. "Jeremy made some freshman mistakes, but I thought he had a chance the whole time to pull it out. Unfortunately it didn't happen and it was impressive how well their freshman Webb played in a hostile environment like it was here today," Denton said of Efferding's match.
For the second match in a row Lewis, who is ranked No. 103, won a match at the No. 4 line that didn't get all the way finished, as Siributwong pulled out of the match after being down 2-6, 7-6, 2-1 with an undisclosed injury.
Angus was the last one off the courts after his match went down to the wire, but ended up losing at the No. 6 line by a score of 3-6, 7-6, 7-5.
The Aggies return to action on Wendesday as the Rice Owls come to town for a match at 6 pm at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
No. 21 Oklahoma 5, No. 25 Texas A&M 2
1 - (17) Costin Paval, OU def. (29) Alexis Klegou, A&M - 6-4, 6-0
2 - (90) Guillermo Alcorta, OU def. Junior Ore, A&M - 6-3, 6-4
3 - Colin Hoover, A&M def. Tsvetan Mihov, OU - 6-4, 7-5
4 - (103) John Lewis, A&M def. (82) Peerakit Siributwong, OU - 2-6, 7-6, 2-1 ret.
5 - (94) Dane Webb, OU def. Jeremy Efferding, A&M - 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
6 - David Pultr, OU def. Niall Angus, A&M - 3-6, 7-6, 7-5
1 - (13) Paval/ Webb, OU def. (30) Ore/Withrow, A&M - 9-8
2 - (71) Mihov/Siributwong, OU def. Klegou/Hoover, A&M - 8-2
3 - Formentera/Pultr, OU def. Angus/Lewis, A&M - 8-6
Order of Finish:
Doubles 2, 3, 1
Singles 1, 2, 3, 5*, 4, 6 (* - Clinched match)
Season Records: Texas A&M 11-9(1-1), Oklahoma 12-3(2-0)