April 29, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma men's tennis team fell to the No. 1 seed Baylor Bears in the opening round of the 2002 Big 12 Championships on Friday, April 26 in College Station, Texas. The Sooners dropped the match with Baylor, 4-0, losing the first two doubles matches and three singles matches. Baylor went on to defeat Texas Tech and Texas A&M to win the Big 12 Championships and will move on to the NCAA Tournament with an automatic bid.
OU concluded its season 12-12 overall, 0-7 in the Big 12 Conference. The Sooners lost six out of their last seven matches, with their only victory a 5-0 sweep over Oral Roberts on April 17. Oklahoma finished 0-10 on the season against ranked opponents.
Leading the Sooners
Junior Chris Mitchell finished the season with a 14-7 record in No. 3, 4 and 5 singles play. The Jenks High School native had won five consecutive matches before losing to Nebraska's Jose Hernan, 6-4, 6-3, on April 20 at home. Mitchell and junior Tobias Kronlein finished 5-3 in No. 1 and No. 2 doubles play.
Freshman Alex Nomicos led the team in singles wins with a 15-9 record at the No. 5 and 6 spots. Junior Matt Ogle concludes the year with a 12-6 mark in singles play, winning nine of his last twelve matches. Sophomore Sebastien Revol and freshman Brad Prigmore teamed up for a 9-5 record at No. 3 doubles, while Prigmore and Ogle went 4-3 at the No. 1, 2 and 3 spots.
Head Coach Paul Lockwood
In his 15th year as the head coach Paul Lockwood finished the season 12-12, with ten losses coming against ranked opponents. Lockwood has experienced success with his teams over the years both on and off the court. He has compiled a 219-143 (.608) 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 now plays at the OU Headington Family Tennis Center, completed in October of 2001. The first match played in the new tennis center was on March 27 against Wichita State. The Sooners officially dedicated their new facility on April 13, prior to OU's match with Colorado. The Headington Family Tennis Center is comprised of 12 NCAA Championship courts, NCAA Championship lighting and permanent seating for 800 spectators.