April 8, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma men's tennis team is set for matches against Oklahoma State on Wednesday, April 10, and Colorado on Saturday, April 13. Match time with the Cowboys is set for 2 p.m at the Dubois Tennis Center in Stillwater, Okla. The Sooners will officially dedicate their new facility, the OU Headingon Family Tennis Center, before the 10 a.m. Colorado match this weekend.
OU is 0-2 in the Big 12 Conference, 11-6 overall, with four out of the five losses coming on the road against ranked opponents. OSU is 8-4 on the year and 0-1 in league play, while Colorado is ranked No. 63 and is 1-4 in league play, 11-9 on the season.
Oklahoma Goes Undefeated Last Week
Oklahoma went 3-0 last week, picking up wins against Cowley County Community College and Oral Roberts. The Sooners defeated Cowley County, 6-0 and 6-1, on Wednesday, April 2, for their first victories at the newly constructed OU Headington Family Tennis Center. OU defeated ORU, 7-0, on Sunday, April 7, at the Oaktree Country Club in Edmond. Oklahoma was scheduled to play in Norman, but the match was moved indoors due to bad weather.
Leading the Sooners
Juniors Tobias Kronlein and Chris Mitchell are 5-1 and 10-5, 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 11-6 record at No. 5 and 6 singles, while junior Matt Ogle is 9-3 in singles play. Sophomore Sebastien Revol and freshman Brad Prigmore are 8-3 at No. 3 doubles, while Prigmore and Ogle are 3-0 at the No. 3 spot.
Head Coach Paul Lockwood
In his 15th year as the head men's tennis coach, Paul Lockwood is off to a 11-6 start with four of the six losses coming on the road against ranked opponents. Lockwood has experienced success with his teams over the years both on and off the court. He has compiled a 218-137 (.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 now plays in 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 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.