The Norman Transcript


April 29, 2013

OU claims Big 12 tennis title in dramatic fashion



“That was huge,” Roddick said.


Hometown twist

The No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches split, leaving the doubles point on the rackets of OU’s Nick Papak and Larry Formentara.

A bit of a college tennis oddity, neither is foreign born. Formentara is Temecula, Calif., and Papak is from, no kidding, Norman.

A regular at Westwood Tennis Center before moving to Fresno, Calif., after the eighth grade, Papak spent a year at Fresno State before transferring back to his hometown and redshirting last season.

He and Formentara were playing Baylor’s Tony Lupieri and Lenz. Deadlocked 7-7, they played a tiebreaker few will forget. The Sooners trailed 5-1. Then everything turned around.

First, OU won a second point. Next, Lenz thought he’d served an ace to make it 6-2 but the Sooners called it wide. The Bears appealed to the umpire, who appealed to the linesman, who called it wide. Lenz followed with consecutive double faults, making it 5-4. Then Papak delivered an ace the Bears called wide but the umpire overruled, making it 5-5.

Then Lenz hit a return in the net. Then the Bears saved match point. Then Lupieri double faulted. Then Formentara delivered a first serve, the Bears returned it and Papak put away the volley.

OU had the doubles point.

“We just tried to stay in there mentally. Anything can happen in a tiebreaker,” Papak said. “We didn’t really think about being down 5-1. Just (play) one point at a time and see what happens.”

What happened was OU won 7 of 8 points to go from nowhere to victory.


Victory’s glow

Alvarez Llamas, 10 minutes after it ended, failed at playing it cool.

“It’s my freshman year. It was the biggest crowd we’ve had the whole year,” he said. “I can’t believe it. Right now, I can’t breathe, I’m so happy.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • No new updates into police probe of Norman assault incident

    There were no updates in the Norman Police investigation into the incident that left a female University of Oklahoma student with multiple facial fractures on Saturday and Sooner freshman running back Joe Mixon as the focus of the probe....

    July 27, 2014

  • Furyk take three shot lead at the Canadian Open

    Associated Press MONTREAL — Jim Furyk moved into position for his third Canadian Open victory, shooting a 5-under 65 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead at Royal Montreal....

    July 27, 2014

  • Pair from U.S. will play for Junior title

    THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Davis Riley outlasted Sam Horsfield on the 21st hole Friday in the U.S. Junior Amateur to set up an all-American final against William Zalatoris....

    July 27, 2014

  • Gordon an Indy threat in 20 years at the Brickyard

    INDIANAPOLIS — The reminders that Jeff Gordon won here 20 years ago plaster Indianapolis Motor Speedway....

    July 27, 2014

  • Dillon races to first career Nationwide win

    INDIANAPOLIS — For a first time winner, Ty Dillon had the Brickyard’s winning tradition down as cold as the celebratory beer he chugged outside his car. “We get to kiss the bricks, baby!” he radioed as he crossed the finish line....

    July 27, 2014

  • Zac Selmon joins UNC as associate AD

    Zac Selmon, an associate director of athletic development with the Sooner Club since 2012, has been hired by North Carolina as an associate athletic director and special assistant to Tar Heel athletics director Bubba Cunningham....

    July 28, 2014

  • Italy’s Nibali cruises to Tour victory

    PARIS — Vincenzo Nibali put his lungs and legs to work one last time, marching up to the winner’s podium of the Tour de France and sighing deeply before the Italian anthem echoed over the Champs-Elysees....

    July 28, 2014

  • Jeff Gordon wins at Indianapolis for record fifth time

    INDIANAPOLIS — With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again. Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight ...

    July 28, 2014

  • Scott says he will coach Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers have waited nearly three months to hire a new coach, and they’re apparently making Byron Scott wait a few more days....

    July 28, 2014

  • BoSox snap Rays’ streak

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — David Ortiz hit a three-run homer, and the Boston Red Sox beat Tampa Bay 3-2 Sunday to end a five-game losing streak and stop the Rays’ longest winning streak in 10 years at nine games....

    July 28, 2014