OU Men's Tennis Faces Three Big 12 Opponents

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 12, 2004

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma men’s tennis team (15-5, 1-3 Big 12) continues Big 12 action against No. 26 Oklahoma State (13-3, 2-2 Big 12) on Wed., April 14, at the DuBois Tennis Center in Stillwater, Okla., for a 2 p.m. match. The Cowboys are lead by 25th-ranked Mark Van Elden at the No. 1 singles spot.
    
OU then returns to Norman for back-to-back conference matches against Nebraska (9-11, 0-6 Big 12) on Sat., April 17, and Texas Tech (11-9, 2-3 Big 12) on Sun., April 18, at the OU Headington Family Tennis Center. Action is set to begin at 12 p.m. both days. The Red Raiders are fresh off a 6-0 win over Colorado and are lead by 72nd-ranked Jakob Paulsen.
 Admission is free to all home matches.
    
Series Record/Last Time
The Sooners look to snap an eight-year Cowboy winning streak Wednesday. The then 36th-ranked OSU edged Oklahoma in a tight 4-3 match in 2003.
 
OU has not defeated Nebraska since 2000 when the Sooners blanked the Huskers, 7-0. In the 2003 season, Nebraska barely defeated Oklahoma, winning 4-3, in Lincoln, Neb.
    
Upon head coach Paul Lockwood’s arrival in 1988, Oklahoma has won four of the seven meetings versus Texas Tech. The Red Raiders only gave up one point to the Sooners in 2003, posting a 6-1 victory in Lubbock, Texas.

Last Match Recap
Due to inclement weather last Wednesday, the match against Wichita State was cancelled and will not be rescheduled. The Sooners were still able to compete against second-ranked and Big 12 leader Baylor last Saturday. OU fell to the Bears, 6-1, dropping the Sooners to 1-3 in Big 12 competition.
    
A couple of Sooners played extremely well against nationally-ranked singles opponents. Junior Ondrej Fukala (Prerov, Czech Republic) made it look easy when he dispatched BU’s 90th-ranked Matias Marin in a two-set match, 6-2, 6-4.
    
Sophomore Alexei Ivanov (Izhevsk, Russia) had a tight first set against Baylor’s third-ranked Benedikt Dorsch, but was still overcome in both sets, 7-5, 6-3, at the No. 1 spot. Freshman Marek Velicka (Prerov, Czech Republic) faced off against 102nd-ranked Matija Zgaga, but lost, 6-2, 6-3, marking his first loss at the No. 3 position.
    
In doubles play, sophomore Lee Gregg (Altus, Okla.) and Velicka posted a decisive 8-3 triumph over BU’s Reiner Neurohr and Jon Reckewey, despite OU losing the doubles point.
    
Fukala Fares Well In Big 12
Head coach Paul Lockwood knew what he was doing when he signed junior Ondrej Fukala (Prerov, Czech Republic). Fukala leads the Sooners in Big 12 action with a 3-1 record against conference opponents.
 
 

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