NORMAN, Okla. The University of Oklahoma is set to host the 2004 Big 12 Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships at the OU Headington Family Tennis Center starting Thursday, April 28.
OU men capped off the regular season with an overall record of 17-6 and a Big 12 mark of 3-4. Oklahoma earned its highest seed ever of fifth and will face fourth seed and arch rival Oklahoma State (16-4, 4-3 Big 12) in the first round of tournament play on Fri., April 30, at 6 p.m. in Norman.
The Sooners are on a two-match winning streak and have won seven of eight home matches this season. OU has not claimed less than seven losses since 1992, when the team posted a 20-4 mark. Oklahoma also has not boasted 17-or-more wins since the 1994 season when OU accumulated a 22-7 record.
“This is a great opportunity for our fans to really support our program,” said head coach Paul Lockwood. “We are really excited about hosting the Big 12 Championships and this team has performed well (7-1) in front of our home crowd. Sport fans in general will have an opportunity to watch some really good tennis teams in action this week.”
Oklahoma State swept the Sooners in Bedlam action on April 14, in Stillwater, but OU forced four of the six singles matches to three sets. OSU also has won the last nine matches between the two schools.
OU junior Ondrej Fukala (Prerov, Czech Republic) wrapped up the 2003-04 regular season with an overall 22-8 record and an 18-3 spring performance. He also earned a 11-2 mark at No. 2 singles. In addition, teammates Lee Gregg (Altus, Okla.) and Silviu Tanasoiu (Sibiu, Romania) picked up 20-plus wins on the season. Gregg, a sophomore, went 23-9 overall and 11-3 at No. 5 singles, while Tanasoiu, a junior, went 21-6 and 10-5 at No. 6 singles.
Big 12 Men’s Tennis action starts at 9 a.m. on Friday with No. 2 seed Texas A&M facing No. 7 seed Colorado, followed by No. 3 seed Texas vs. No. 6 seed Texas Tech at 12 p.m. Top seed Baylor will face eighth seed Nebraska at 3 p.m. before OU host OSU at 6 p.m.
Tickets are currently on sale at the OU Ticket office which is located on the plaza level of the Asp Avenue Parking Facility immediately west of Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. A limited number of metered parking spaces are available on the second floor of the parking facility and on the street for customer use. All Session tickets for adults are $15 and $6 for youth from kindergarten through college. Single day tickets cost $5 for adults and $2 for youth (K-college).