Sooners Take on Cornhuskers

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 08, 2005

NORMAN, Okla.   The Oklahoma men’s tennis team returns to Big 12 action this weekend. OU travels to Nebraska on Saturday, April 9 for a 1 p.m. match at the NU Varsity Courts in Lincoln, Neb. Oklahoma owns a 41-8 all-time series record against the Cornhuskers. However, Nebraska has won three of the last four outings against the Sooners.

OU enters the match ranked 48th in the nation with a record of 15-3 and 1-3 in Big 12 play while the Cornhuskers are ranked 71st and own a 9-10 record. Nebraska is 0-3 in conference play.

“We are excited to get to play another Big 12 opponent. We have been playing well lately, but we realize it will be a tough match. Nebraska is a quality team and it has always been a close match when we play them,” said head coach Paul Lockwood.

The Sooners picked up a 6-1 win over NU in the last meeting between the two teams.

Nebraska has not fared well against ranked teams this season, losing five of the six matches. The Cornhuskers lone win over a ranked opponent took place in January when NU defeated then ranked No. 16 Rice, 4-3. The Sooners have a 3-3 record when facing ranked opponents.

In singles play, 43rd-ranked sophomore Marek Velicka is 13-4 at the top spot to lead the Sooners, while senior Ondrej Fukala owns a 13-1 combined record this spring, including a perfect 6-0 mark at No. 2. Junior Tommy Garrison is also 5-0 at the No. 4 position in 2005, and is one of six Sooners with at least 10 singles wins this spring.

After a weeks rest, Nebraska returns to action after dropping a 4-3 match to No. 45 Colorado. Nebraska head coach Kerry McDermott said following the match that the doubles point was a key for the Huskers against CU, much like it will be Saturday against the Sooners.

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