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Men's Tennis in Action This Week
April 05, 2005

This Week in Sooner Tennis: After upsetting No. 27 Texas in Big 12 action Saturday, Oklahoma (14-3, 1-3 Big 12) steps out of league play to host Tulsa Wednesday, April 6, at 5 p.m. inside the OU Headington Family Tennis Center.  The two programs use to face off regularly in Region V matchups but haven’t competed against each other since the 2000 season.

The Golden Hurricane enters the contest ranked 37th in the nation and sports an overall record of 14-8. TU has won three in a row but has gone 6-6 since February, including 7-0 losses to Texas A&M and Texas.

Following Wednesday’s match against Tulsa, the Sooners return to league play to face Big 12 foe Nebraska at the NU Varsity Courts in Lincoln, Neb., at 1 p.m. The Cornhuskers are currently 9-10 on the season and 0-3 in conference play. Nebraska will be idle until hosting the Sooners.

Last Time Against Tulsa:  Senior Ondrej Fukala and junior Tommy Garrison competed against Tulsa in the fall. Fukala won his match against TU’s Ricardo Soriano, while the duo of Garrison and Fukala lost a doubles match to Tulsa’s Achim Roth and Aleksander Charpantidis. In regular season action, the Sooners played the Golden Hurricane in the spring of 2000, the Sooners won one dual due to a forfeit. However, OU lost another match, 5-2. OU currently owns a 27-10 all-time series record against Tulsa.

Last Time Against Nebraska: The two programs last met in the spring of 2004. The Sooners picked up a 6-1 win.  OU owns a series record of 41-8 over the Huskers, but NU has won three of the last four match-ups with the Sooners.

Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech Recaps: Oklahoma defeated 27th-ranked Texas, 4-3, to cap off a tough week of tennis. The victory gave the Sooners their first conference win of the season. OU lost the doubles point but captured four of the six singles for the win. Freshman Ryan Thomas tied the score at 3-3 with his win over UT’s Garrett Snyder, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3. But, it was sophomore Marek Velicka that clinched the win for the Sooners. Velicka fought hard to upset 25th-ranked Callum Beale, 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-6 (6).

The Sooners had numerous opportunities to upset No. 15 Texas A&M, but couldn’t quite finish. OU lost to TAMU, 4-3. After losing the doubles point, three Sooners picked up Big 12 Conference singles wins. Senior Ondrej Fukala, junior Tommy Garrison and Velicka each won their respective matches. Velicka dominated the nation’s top-ranked freshman, No. 14 Jerry Makowski, 6-1, 6-3. Velicka now owns a 13-5 record at the No. 1 singles spot.

Oklahoma suffered a tough loss to No. 10 Texas Tech last Wednesday. OU fell to the Red Raiders, 5-2. The Sooners picked up wins at the No. 3 and No. 5 spots.

Sooner Hot Streak:  With three wins last weekend, junior Tommy Garrison has won 11 consecutive singles matches. He has defeated players from four ranked teams, including No. 1 Baylor, No. 10 Texas Tech, No. 15 Texas A&M and No. 27 Texas. Garrison is now 4-0 verse Big 12 opponents. Sophomore Marek Velicka is also on a roll, upsetting two top-ranked opponents last weekend. Velicka defeated 14th-ranked Jerry Makowski of Texas A&M and Texas’ 25th-ranked Callum Beale.

Sooners Back in National Rankings:  Sophomore Marek Velicka is ranked 43rd int the most recent ITA individual rankings, while junior Alexei Ivanov is ranked 81st and senior Ondrej Fukala is the 104th best player in the nation.

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