NORMAN, Okla.--The No. 26 Oklahoma men’s tennis team will square off against No. 40 California Saturday, May 12, at the Stillwater Regional. The Sooners go into the regional as the No. 2 seed facing No. 3-seeded California at 11 a.m.
“The guys are ready to play," said OU Head Coach Paul Lockwood. “We just finished a tough week of final exams and are ready to turn our attention to Cal. I know we are ready to play and it will be a great match.”
The Sooners finished the regular season 19-8 and 2-4 in Big 12 play. Oklahoma faced a tough schedule this season as it faced 18 ranked opponents, only losing to one squad with a lower ranking.
Joining Cal and the Sooners at the Stillwater Regional will be the host school Oklahoma State and Sacramento State. No. 1-seed Oklahoma State will face the No. 4-seed Sacramento State at 2 p.m., following the conclusion of the OU and Cal match. The winners of first round play will square off Sunday, May 13 at 2 p.m.
The Sooners received a NCAA berth for the first time since 2005, which was also at the Stillwater Regional. This is the third consecutive year that Oklahoma State will host a regional. All matches will be played at the DeBois Tennis Center located on the OSU campus.
Results will be posted on SoonerSports.com as soon as they become available.
For more information on the 2007 NCAA Tennis Tournament visit www.ncaasports.com /tennis/mens.
With four of eight netters new to the team, Lockwood led the young squad to some impressive feats in its 2007 season. The Sooners claimed the Rice Invitational title after defeating two top-30 squads and one top-25 team. The upsets did not go unnoticed as the Sooners climbed from No. 54 to No. 23 in the ITA polls. The jump into the top 25 ended a 15-year slump.
Oklahoma also snapped a decade-long losing streak against the Aggies as it downed the squad 6-1 during conference play.
Lockwood reached a career milestone in his 20th season with the Sooners as he picked up his 300th career victory after defeating Texas Tech in the final conference match of the season.
Fifth-seed Sooners defeated No. 4-seed Nebraska in the Big 12 Tournament to advance to the semifinal round. OU was knocked out by tournament-champion Baylor, but claimed the No. 2 doubles title for the second consecutive season.
A LOOK AT THE COMPETITION
No. 1 SeedOKLAHOMA STATE
Oklahoma State is finished the regular season 17-4 overall and went 4-2 in Big 12 play. The Cowboys come into the tournament as the No. 8 seed--a program best. This is the Pokes’ fifth-straight tournament appearance and their 15th in the squad’s history. OSU is currently ranked No. 8 by the ITA which equals its highest ranking this season. The Cowboys are led by No. 26 junior Ivan Puchkarov and 35-year coach James Wadley.
No. 3 SeedCALIFORNIA
California will represent the Pac 10 at the Stillwater Regional. The Bears were ranked No. 19 in the preseason polls and currently sit at No. 40 after finishing the regular season 14-9 overall and 7-5 against conference opponents. Cal’s standout netter is No. 26 junior Pierre Mouillon of Le Perreux, France. The Bears are coached by Peter Wright.
No. 4 Seed SACRAMENTO STATE
Sacramento State will travel to the Stillwater Regional from the Big Sky Conference. The Hornets finished the regular season 20-5 and won their conference championship after defeating Eastern Washington, 4-0. Sacramento State has won its last three matches and has won 16 of its last 18 contests. This is the Hornets’ first Big Dance appearance since 2003.