OU Tennis Teams Open Fall Season

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 22, 2004

NORMAN, Okla.   Head coaches Paul Lockwood and Mark Johnson have announced their respective fall tennis schedules. The Sooner men are set to begin fall competition at two different invitationals, while the OU women will be one of five teams participating in the UNLV Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev., this weekend (Sept. 24-26). 

Coach Lockwood and selected members of the men’s tennis squad will be competing at the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md., while the rest of the squad heads to Tulsa to participate in the annual Tulsa Invitational Friday-Sunday, Sept. 24-26.

Lockwood, who’s entering his 17th year with the program, returns six solid letterwinners and adds two talented freshmen to a squad that went 17-7 a year ago. OU’s 17 wins were the most since the 1994 squad posted 22 victories.

Coach Johnson and the women’s team are coming off its best season in recent years. The Sooners concluded the 2004 campaign with an impressive record of 22-5 and advanced and hosted its second-straight NCAA Regional.  However, Johnson lost All-American, Big 12 Player of the Year and Sooner great Anda Perianu to graduation.

This weekend’s individual tournament will assist Coach Johnson in finding OU’s new No. 1 singles player. Senior Heather Saluri and sophomores Gabby Baker and Irina Lykina are just a few of the Sooners that will be competing for that opportunity. 

The UNLV Invitational will consist of 4-5 flights with three rounds of singles and two rounds of doubles. Joining the Sooners in flight action will be competitors from Hawaii, Louisiana State, Minnesota, Oklahoma State and UNLV.

The remainder of the fall schedules for both teams follows.

Women's Fall Schedule

Sept. 24-26                       UNLV Invitational (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Oct. 20-24 ITA Regional Championships (Tulsa, Okla.)
Nov. 4-7 ITA Indoor Championships (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

Men's Fall Schedule

Sept. 24-26                      Tulsa Invitational (Tulsa, Okla.)
Navy Invitational (Annapolis, Md.)
Oct. 1-3 ITA All-American (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Oct. 14-17 ITA Regional Championships (Tulsa, Okla.)
Nov. 4-7 ITA Indoor Championships (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Nov. 5-7 Texas A&M Invitational (College Station, Texas)



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