March 4, 2002
NORMAN Okla. -
Oklahoma ready for weekend action in texas
The Oklahoma men's tennis team travels to Texas this weekend to take on No. 14 Texas on Friday, March 8 at 2 p.m., and No. 24 Texas A&M on Saturday, March 9 at 1 p.m. The Sooners are 5-2 on the season, with its only two losses coming on the road against No. 62 New Mexico and No. 73 Texas-Arlington.
The Longhorns are 10-0 on the season and off to its best start in school history. The Aggies are 6-2 on the year, with its only losses coming to No. 14 Texas and Rice. The match with Texas will be played at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin, Texas, while the match with A&M will be played at the Texas A&M Tennis Center in College Station, Texas.
Sooners cancel weekend matches due to weather
The Sooners postponed last weekends matches with Oral Roberts and Wichita State due to anticipated bad weather. The WSU match has been rescheduled for March 28 at 2 p.m., while the ORU match has been rescheduled for April 7 at 1 p.m. Both matches will be held at the OU Headington Family Tennis Center. The Sooners have also added a home match with Cowley County Community College on April 2, at 2 p.m.
leading the Sooners
Juniors Tobias Kronlein and Chris Mitchell are 4-1 and 6-1, 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 4-2 record at No. 5 and 6 singles, while sophomore Sebastien Revol is 3-3 in No. 1 and 2 singles play. Revol and freshman Brad Prigmore are 3-0 at No. 3 doubles, while Prigmore and junior Matt Ogle are 2-0.
Head coach Paul lockwood
Beginning his 15th year as the head men's tennis coach, Lockwood is off to a 5-2 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 212-133 (.614) 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 that was completed in October of 2001. The University of Oklahoma 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.