Men's Tennis Takes on No. 10 Texas Tech

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 29, 2005

NORMAN, Okla.   The Oklahoma men’s tennis team returns to the courts looking to upset a nationally ranked team when it plays Big 12 foe and tenth-ranked Texas Tech on Wednesday, March 30, at the Mcleod Tennis Center in Lubbock, Texas. The match will begin at 1:30 p.m. OU owns a 13-11 all-time regular season series record against the Red Raiders.

The Sooners enter the match 13-1 while the Red Raiders are 18-1. Both clubs are 0-1 in Big 12 play. Texas Tech boasts the second highest ranking for an OU opponent this season and Texas Tech also has a top 15 singles player in sophomore Bojan Szumanski. OU is currently ranked 59th.

Texas Tech returns to action following a solid win over 39th-ranked Texas Christian University, 4-3. The Red Raiders are 6-1 against ranked opponents, including wins over No. 19 Clemson and No. 13 Washington. OU is 2-1 when facing ranked teams, with wins over Northwestern and Arkansas.

Out in front for Oklahoma is sophomore Marek Velicka. Velicka won the singles championship title in the ITA Region V Tournament last fall. Velicka owns a stellar 11-3 singles record. He teams up with senior Silviu Tanasoiu to own a 12-1 doubles record. Velicka and Tanasoiu recently upset Baylor’s 22nd-ranked doubles team of Lars Poerschke and Matija Zgaga. Tanasoiu is also competing well for the Sooners in singles, owning an outstanding 11-1 singles record.

In spring 2004, OU beat Tech in an exhilarating 4-3 match in Norman.



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