NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma men’s tennis team carries a perfect 8-0 record into its second home match of the 2005 spring season this weekend. The Sooners host Navy at the OU Headington Family Tennis Center on Saturday, March 5 for a 12 p.m. match. The Midshipmen have won two of their last three duals and owns an overall record of 8-3.
Last Time Against Navy
The two programs met last fall resulting in a 7-0 sweep for the Sooners. Senior Silviu Tanasoiu and junior Alexei Ivanov battled Mids’ Davy Lee and Adrian Lai for an exhilarating 9-8 victory in doubles.
OU Adds Home Match
Oklahoma has added regional foe Wichita State to its 2005 home schedule. The Sooners will face the Shockers on Sunday, March 13, in Norman at the OU Headington Family Tennis Center at 12 p.m.
Oklahoma dominated Hawaii, 6-1, at the Fertitta Tennis Complex in Las Vegas, Nev. on Saturday Feb. 19. Sophomore standout Marek Velicka defeated Dalibor Ptak, 6-0, 6-3 at the No. 1 position, giving Velicka a 6-2 singles record.
OU’s doubles swept all three matches. At the No. 1 position, the duo of junior Tommy Garrison and Fukala remain flawless with a 5-0 record by beating Hawaii’s Ptak and Ryan Sceats, 8-3. Junior Alexei Ivanov and freshmen Ryan Thomas improved to 5-1 by defeating Weinberg and Faulk, 8-5.
Three Sooners are undefeated in singles play. Seniors Ondrej Fukala and Silviu Tanasoiu are 6-0 on the season, while Freshmen Ryan Thomas is 3-0. In doubles play, Fukala and junior Tommy Garrison have a perfect record of 5-0 at the No. 1 spot.
Recent Sooner Success
In three of OU’s six singles positions the Sooners are a flawless 8-0. The team also sports a 10-2 singles record when facing opponents from Region V. The Sooners are 38-7 in singles and 18-6 in doubles for the spring season.
OU has collected a total of 47 points in eight outings, while only giving up seven points to five different opponents. OU’s dominance starts at the top as the Sooners No. 1 and No. 2 singles boast a solid 14-2 record. Navy is also solid team who has been battle tested, winning three matches by one point.
Sooners Back In The National Rankings
OU started the season ranked 66th and are now ranked 43rd. The Sooners dropped two spots since the last ITA poll. The Sooners have upset two ranked opponents in No. 19 Arkansas and No. 40 Northwestern. Oklahoma will play several ranked opponents this season including Big 12 foes Baylor, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.
Head Coach Paul Lockwood
Paul Lockwood begins his 18th season as Oklahoma head men’s tennis coach. The OU graduate has compiled an overall record of 251-160 and claimed the Big Eight Conference title in 1992. Lockwood was named Big Eight Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1992. Lockwood’s teams have also earned eight Academic ITA All-America team honors (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004).
Lockwood’s Outlook on the Second Home Match of the Season
“We’re excited that we finally get to play on our home courts. We have had a good road record, but we are ready to start our home match season.”