This Week in Sooner Tennis
The University of Oklahoma men’s tennis team will host Oklahoma Baptist on Fri., Jan. 30 to open the 2004 season. Action is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Woodlake Racquet Club in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Series Record/Last Time
The Sooner men defeated Oklahoma Baptist twice in 2003 in a doubleheader match. OU won the first match, 7-0, and finished the day with a 6-0 win over the Bisons.
2003 Fall Recap
Sophomores Tommy Garrison (Enid, Okla.) and Alexei Ivanov (Izhevsk, Russia) plus junior Matt Long (Ft. Worth, Texas) were selected to compete in the 2003 Icy Hot/ITA All-American Championships at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The Sooners finished the fall season with an overall singles record of 19-28 and an overall doubles record of 4-6.
Sophomore Tommy Garrison (Enid, Okla.) returns in hopes to participate in the 2004 NCAA Championships again. Garrison and former Sooner Chris Mitchell qualified for the 2003 NCAA Doubles Championships. OU’s top pair became the first Sooners since the 2000 season to compete in the national tournament.
What to Expect in 2004
The Sooners are once again in the ITA rankings. OU will open the 2004 campaign with a preseason ITA ranking of 71st, after finishing the 2003 season ranked 72nd.
"I am extremely excited about the upcoming season and we hope to improve from last season," said head coach Paul Lockwood. "I am happy to see that we are continuing to rise in preseason rankings and foresee us continuing to excel with our young team and newcomers."
Oklahoma has picked up three newcomers. In the fall, sophomore Lee Gregg (Altus, Okla.) and junior Ondrej Fukala (Prerov, Czech Republic) transferred from Oklahoma Christian. In addition, the Sooners picked up freshman Marek Velicka (Prerov, Czech Republic) for the spring season.
OU Will Host 2004 Big 12 Championships
Oklahoma will host the 2004 Men’s and Women’s Big 12 Tennis Championships this spring at the Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman. Tournament action begins Fri., April 30 and runs through Sun., May 2.