OU No. 1 men's doubles team powers Oklahoma past Cornhuskers
The No. 20 OU men’s tennis team cruised past No. 40 Nebraska, 6-1, on Saturday in Norman.
Astrud Reed, The Oklahoma Daily
The focus of the match was squarely on the OU No. 1 doubles combination of junior Costin Paval and freshman Dane Webb. The duo was charged with facing Nebraska’s highly touted No. 1 doubles team of Christopher Aumueller and Benedikt Lindheim.
Paval and Webb came up big for OU, defeating Nebraska’s highly touted No. 7-ranked doubles team to secure the doubles point for OU.
Paval and Webb’s victory came with the match tied after Nebraska won at the two singles spot and junior Lawrence Formentera and senior David Pultr finished off their opponents to claim the first point for OU.
After winning the doubles portion of the match, the team continued its momentum by winning the next four matches in straight sets. Coach Roddick considers his team to be a stronger outdoor team than indoor, so such a convincing win indoors is a great sign for the Sooners.
Both Paval and Webb say they are trying to learn and improve from each match, however they also say it is important to treat every match the same way and be consistent in both practice and matches.
“You have to treat all matches the same way,” Paval said.
The Sooners hope to continue their success next weekend when they host No. 27 Indiana at noon Sunday at the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion in Norman.