May 4, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma men's and women's tennis teams were selected to compete in the 2010 NCAA Championships and will host one of 16 Regional sites, announced by the NCAA Tuesday.
First- and second-round competition will be conducted May 14-15, at the Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman, Okla. In addition to Oklahoma, the men's bracket consists of Texas Tech, Tulsa and Wichita State. The women's teams consist of Texas, Arkansas and Wichita State.
Friday's matches begin at 11 a.m., while action on Saturday begins a 2 p.m.
The winner of each site advances to the NCAA Division I Tennis Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia, hosted by the University of Georgia. The team championship will be held May 20-25.
Previewing the 20th-ranked Oklahoma Men's Matchup
The Sooners (16-7, 2-5 Big 12) will face No. 40 Tulsa (16-10) for the second time this season in the first round of the Norman Region. Earlier in the season, OU edged then-No. 31 Tulsa 4-3 on the road. The Sooners hold a 29-18 overall record against the Hurricane.
"It is exciting for us to host," head coach John Roddick said. "I also feel for Texas Tech because they are the higher seed and they are getting shipped out, but it also says a lot about our program to be right there to step in and be the host for a regional."
Previewing the 42nd-ranked Women's Matchup
Oklahoma (18-6, 8-5 Big 12) will face No. 24 Arkansas (17-9, 7-6 SEC) in the first round in Norman, Okla.
"It is a very special feeling to see all of our hard work pay off," OU head coach David Mullins said. "We are looking forward to facing Arkansas again and we are honored to be hosting and we hope that a lot of Sooner fans will come out and support the men's and women's tennis teams."
This season marks just the sixth time in program history that an OU squad has qualified for the NCAA Women's Championships. The Sooners qualified in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2003 and 2004.
"I am extremely proud of what this team has achieved and I am delighted that our season will continue," Mullins said.
The Rest of the Norman Regional
No. 14 Texas Tech (21-5) is pitted against the Missouri Valley Conference Champion Wichita State (14-8) in first round action.
No. 16 Texas (17-5, 12-2 Big 12) will face Missouri Valley Conference Champion Wichita State (15-10, 8-0 MVC) in first round action.