NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma men’s tennis team (17-6, 3-4 Big 12) ended its regular season last weekend. The Sooners begin practice for the 2004 Men’s and Women’s Big 12 Tennis Championships, which begin on Fri., April 30, at the OU Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman.
Big 12 tournament brackets and match times will be announced on Mon., April 26. Unofficially, Oklahoma will play the winner of the No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 29 Oklahoma State match in the first round of the tournament.
Season Record/Last Time
Oklahoma went 17-6 and 3-4 in conference action the year, improving tremendously since the 2003 season, when OU ended the season with a 15-10 overall record and 0-7 mark in Big 12 play.
The Sooners have not boasted 17 or more wins since the 1994 season when OU accumulated a 22-7 overall record. Oklahoma has not claimed less than seven losses since 1992, when the team posted a 20-4 mark.
Last Match Recap
OU got off to a slow start for its final three conference matches last week. The Sooners suffered a tough Bedlam loss for the ninth consecutive season to No. 29 Oklahoma State, falling 7-0. The match was much tighter than the score indicated with the Sooner men dropping four three-set singles matches.
Oklahoma then returned to Norman and rebounded with a 6-1 victory over unranked Nebraska. OU posted five singles wins and clinched the doubles point with a pair of 8-3 finishes at the No. 1 and 3 spots.
The Sooners sealed their season with a final triumph over No. 67 Texas Tech, 4-3, which came down to sophomore Tommy Garrison’s (Enid, Okla.) match winner. Garrison was barely defeated in the first set, 6-7, but then swept the second, 6-1. After being neck-and-neck at 4-4 in the third set, Garrison came back full throttle to overcome TTU’s Dinko Halachey, 6-4.
Sophomore Lee Gregg (Altus, Okla.) and freshman Marek Velicka (Prerov, Czech Republic) prove worthy among conference and regional opponents. The pair finished with a 5-0 Big 12 record and a 3-0 Region V score.
Newcomers Remain On Top
Junior Ondrej Fukala (Prerov, Czech Republic), sophomore Lee Gregg (Altus, Okla.) and freshman Marek Velicka (Prerov, Czech Republic) dominated the Sooners this season. Fukala ends with a stellar 18-3 record and 6-1 versus conference opponents, while Velicka has an impressive 18-5 record and 5-1 mark in the Big 12. Gregg follows closely behind with a 17-5 overall record and 5-1 score in league play.
OU To Host Big 12 Championships
OU will host the 2004 Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships this spring at the Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman. Tournament action begins Fri., April 30, and runs through Sun., May 2. Admission is $15 for the four-day tournament. An adult single session is $5 and a youth single session is $2. Tickets may be purchased by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424 or (800) 456-4668.