March 25, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. -
Oklahoma Set For Wichita State And Oral Roberts
The Oklahoma men's tennis team is set for matches against Wichita State on Wednesday, March 27 and Oral Roberts on Saturday, March 30. The Sooners match with Wichita State will be their first match at the newly renovated OU Headington Family Tennis Center and will start at 2 p.m. The match with ORU is set for 11 a.m. in Tulsa.
OU is 8-5 on the year, with all five losses coming on the road and four against ranked opponents. Wichita State is 6-8 on the season, while ORU's record was unavailable at the time of the release.
OU Goes 3-1 Last Week In Hawaii
Oklahoma won three matches last week in Hawaii improving to 8-5 on the season. The Sooners defeated Chaminade (7-0) on Monday, Idaho (4-1) on Tuesday and Wisconsin-Green Bay (6-0) on Thursday. OU's only defeat came on Wednesday, a 6-1 loss to Hawaii.
Leading the Sooners
Juniors Tobias Kronlein and Chris Mitchell are 4-1 and 9-4, 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 8-4 record at No. 5 and 6 singles, while junior Matt Ogle is 5-3 in No. 4 and 5 singles play. Sophomore Sebastien Revol and freshman Brad Prigmore are 7-2 at No. 3 doubles, while Prigmore and Ogle are 2-0.
Head Coach Paul Lockwood
In his 15th year as the head men's tennis coach, Paul Lockwood is off to a 8-5 start with victories over Oklahoma-Science & Arts (2), SMS, UNI, Lamar, Chaminade, Idaho and Wisconsin-Green Bay. Lockwood has experienced success with his teams over the years both on and off the court. He has compiled a 215-136 (.612) 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 will break in its new 12-court tennis complex, the OU Headington Family Tennis Center, completed in October of 2001. OU's first match there with Oral Roberts had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather, so the first match played in the new tennis center will be 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.