April 28, 2000

Norman, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma men's and women's tennis teams placed seven student-athletes on the 2000 Academic All-Big 12 teams. Four Sooners earned first team merits, while three collected their fourth all-academic honor.

OU's four-time all-academic selections were seniors Kristin Guilford and Jennie Hamilton, for the women, and for the men, Rick Warren. Others four-time Academic All-Big 12 selections were Iowa State's Kendra Leese and Texas' Michael Blue.

In addition, Sooner senior Charlie Roberson was named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team, while junior Viviana Mracnova was selected to the women's second team. Dusty Beard and Jeremy Dunham also earned second team honors on the men's list.

Guilford, a native of Littleton, Colo., is majoring in marketing and has produced an overall singles record of 12-15 this season. Hamilton, an early childhood education major, is from Plano, Texas, and has a singles record of 6-16. She also was named to the elite ITA Academic Scholar list last season.

Mracnova earned her third Academic All-Big 12 honor while majoring in communications. Mracnova plays the No. 1 singles and doubles positions for the Sooners. This year, she's produced an overall singles record of 15-12 and is 19-6 in doubles action. Mracnova and teammate Angela Stroup were named the All-Big 12 No. 1 Doubles team for their 11-2 performance in league matches earlier this year.

Warren, a 1999 Academic All-American, sports an overall singles record of 15-13. When paired up with Roberson at the No. 1 doubles position the duo has a record of 20-13 and 9-2 against regional opponents. In singles action, Roberson is 14-14 on the season.

Beard is a two-time all-academic selection, while Dunham earned his first all academic honor. Beard plays the No. 1 singles position for OU and has an overall record of 19-10. Dunham is at the No. 2 slot and is 9-18 on the season. The two seniors pair up together to play No. 2 doubles and boast an overall record of 8-5 and 7-1 against Region V opponents.

The Big 12 Conference had 40 first-team members and 17-second team selections. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.2 or better grade point average, while the second team are those who have a 3.0 to 3.19 GPA. To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.0 grade point average or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of her/his team's scheduled matches. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence.

Both of Oklahoma's men's and women's tennis teams will be competing in the fourth Big 12 Conference Tennis Tournament starting Thursday, April 27, at the Plaza Tennis Center in Kansas City, Mo. The women's squad (12-10, 5-6 Big 12) enters the championship as the eighth seed and will face ninth seeded Colorado (6-10, 3-8 Big 12) at noon on Thursday. The men's team (15-11, 2-6 Big 12) is a seventh seed and will challenge second seeded Texas A&M (19-5, 7-1 Big 12) on Friday at 4 p.m.