Men's Tennis Hosts Texas, Texas A&M

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 31, 2005

NORMAN, Okla.   The Oklahoma men’s tennis team looks to extend its home winning streak by hosting an exciting weekend of Big 12 action. The Sooners will host Texas A&M at the OU Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman on Saturday, April 2, and Texas on Sunday, April 3. Both matches will begin at noon.

Admission is free and live scoring will be available at SoonerSports.com.

OU enters the weekend with an overall record of 13-2 and a 59th ITA ranking. The Sooners dropped their last match to 10th-ranked Texas Tech, 5-2, Wednesday. OU is led by sophomore Marek Velicka, who won the singles championship title in the ITA Region V Tournament last fall. Velicka owns a stellar 11-4 singles record.

The Sooners also possess a strong doubles combination in Velicka and senior Silviu Tanasoiu. The pair have teamed to post a 12-2 doubles record. Velicka and Tanasoiu recently defeated Baylor’s 22nd-ranked doubles team of Lars Poerschke and Matija Zgaga. The duo made their debut in the most recent ITA doubles rankings at No. 58.

The 15th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies are 7-5 overall and come to Oklahoma after a 4-3 loss to No. 9 USC this week. Saturday will be the Aggies first Big 12 match, while the Sooners are currently 0-2 in Big 12 play. The Sooners and the Aggies are facing each other for the ninth-straight year, with A&M holding a 7-1 regular season advantage since 1997. Texas A&M last defeated OU, 6-1, in 2004. In the fall of 2004, OU picked up three singles wins over the Aggies at the Texas A&M Invitational, including the top two positions.

The Aggies are paced by the nation’s top-ranked freshman Jerry Makowski, who is ranked 14th, and by the doubles tandem of Brett Joelson and Ante Matijevic which is ranked 31st.

Texas, who’s ranked 27th in the nation, holds a solid command over the Sooners, having won 11 straight matches aginst OU. The Longhorns are 8-3 on the season and open Big 12 play against Oklahoma State on Saturday, April 2. The Longhorns took last year’s Red River rivalry, 6-0.

The Longhorns have faced some tough competition in No. 2 Illinois, No. 3 Virginia and No. 5 Duke, providing for UT’s three losses. Leading the way for the Longhorns is junior Callum Beale. Beale owns a 7-1 record at the No. 1 spot.

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