Men Ready For Big 12 Championship Action This Week

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 23, 2002

April 23, 2002

NORMAN, Okla.- The Oklahoma men's tennis team drew the No. 8 seed in the 2002 Big 12 Championships in College Station, Texas. The Sooners will square off against No. 1 seed Baylor on Friday, April 26, at 10 a.m. In their only other meeting this year, Oklahoma lost to Baylor, 5-2, on April 4, in Norman. If the Sooners win, they will play the winner of the Texas A&M (3) and Colorado (6) match on Saturday at 3 p.m. OU concluded its regular season 12-11 overall, 0-7 in the Big 12 Conference. The Sooners have lost five out of their last six matches, with their only victory a 5-0 sweep over Oral Roberts on April 17. Oklahoma is 0-9 on the season against ranked opponents. Baylor ended the regular season 22-1 overall and a perfect 7-0 in league play. The Bears are ranked No. 7 in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings. Baylor's only loss of the season came on the road against then-No. 9 Pepperdine on March 8.

Leading the Sooners
Junior Chris Mitchell is 14-7 in No. 3, 4 and 5 singles play. The Jenks High School native had won five consecutive matches before losing to Nebraska's Jose Hernan, 6-4, 6-3, on April 20 at home. Mitchell and junior Tobias Kronlein are 5-3 in No. 1 and No. 2 doubles play. Freshman Alex Nomicos leads the team in singles wins with a 15-8 record at the No. 5 and 6 spots. Junior Matt Ogle is 12-6 in singles play, winning nine of his last twelve matches. Sophomore Sebastien Revol and freshman Brad Prigmore have teamed up for a 9-5 record at No. 3 doubles, while Prigmore and Ogle are 4-2 at the No. 1, 2 and 3 spots.

Head Coach Paul Lockwood
In his 15th year as the head coach Paul Lockwood finished the regular season 12-11, with nine losses coming against ranked opponents. Lockwood has experienced success with his teams over the years both on and off the court. He has compiled a 219-142 (.608) 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 at 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 Sooners officially dedicated their new facility on April 13, prior to OU's match with Colorado. The Headington Family Tennis Center is comprised of 12 NCAA Championship courts, NCAA Championship lighting and permanent seating for 800 spectators.



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