March 18, 2002
NORMAN, Okla.- The Oklahoma men's tennis team is set for matches in Honolulu, Hawaii this week. The Sooners will play matches on Monday, March 18, through Thursday, March 21. OU is set to play the University of Chaminade on Monday, Hawaii on Tuesday, Idaho on Wednesday and Wisconsin-Green Bay on Thursday.
OU is 5-4 on the year, with all four losses coming against ranked opponents on the road. Chaminade is currently 0-8 on the year, Hawaii and Wisconsin-Green Bay are 8-6 and Idaho is 1-6.
"Our number one goal is to come back 4-0," said OU head coach Paul Lockwood. "I think if we are ready to play, keep our starters healthy, and play reasonably well, we have a good shot of going undefeated. I want to come back a better team than when we leave, and that's attainable if we stay focused and play good tennis."
OU Drops Big 12 Matches to Texas and Texas A&M
Oklahoma lost two Big 12 matches last week in the state of Texas, losing to No. 14 Texas, 7-0, and No. 24 Texas A&M, 6-1, on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Oklahoma moves to 0-2 in league play, 5-4 overall.
Leading the Sooners
Juniors Tobias Kronlein and Chris Mitchell are 4-1 and 6-3, respectively, in singles play. Kronlein has played at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, while Mitchell has seen action at the No. 3, 4 and 5 spots. Both Sooners lost their toughest matches in three sets to New Mexico with identical scores, 4-6, 6-2 and 6-1. The duo is also 4-1 in No. 1 and No. 2 doubles play, with their only loss an 8-6 decision to New Mexico.
Freshman Alex Nomicos sports a 4-4 record at No. 5 and 6 singles, while sophomore Sebastien Revol is 3-5 in No. 1 and 2 singles play. Revol and freshman Brad Prigmore are 3-2 at No. 3 doubles, while Prigmore and junior Matt Ogle are 2-0.
Head Coach Paul Lockwood
In his 15th year as the head men's tennis coach, Paul Lockwood is off to a 5-4 start with victories over Oklahoma-Science & Arts (2), SMS, UNI and Lamar. Lockwood has experienced success with his teams over the years both on and off the court. He has compiled a 212-135 (.611) overall record and claimed the Big Eight Conference title in 1992. Lockwood was named the Big Eight Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1992 for his outstanding efforts.
For five consecutive seasons, dating back to 1996-97, Lockwood's teams have earned Academic ITA All-America honors to add to their list of accomplishments.
OU Headington Family Tennis Center
After more than three seasons without a home court, the men's tennis team will break in its new 12-court tennis complex, the OU Headington Family Tennis Center, completed in October of 2001. OU's first match there with Oral Roberts had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather, so the first match played in the new tennis center will be on March 28 against Wichita State. The Headington Family Tennis Center is comprised of 12 NCAA Championship courts, NCAA Championship lighting and permanent seating for 800 spectators. The tennis center is just one integral part of the athletic departments Great Expectations: Campaign for Sooner Sports.