Sooners To Host Regional Foe Wichita State

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 05, 2004

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma men’s tennis team (15-4, 1-2 Big 12) continues its six match homestand Wed., April 7, as the Sooners host regional foe Wichita State (8-11, 2-1 MVC) at 2 p.m. on the OU Headington Family Tennis Center courts in Norman.

Wichita State has dominated the Missouri Valley Conference by winning two of three matches behind the efforts of WSU’s top singles player Carlo Contente. The Shockers captured the MVC title over Indiana State in 2003.
 Following Wednesday’s action, OU welcomes second-ranked and Big 12 leader Baylor (19-2, 4-0 Big 12) to Norman on Sat., April 10, for a 12 p.m. match. The Bears are the highest ranked team the Sooners have faced this season. Baylor is on an eleven-match winning streak and is lead by second-ranked Benedikt Dorsch at the No. 1 singles position. 
Oklahoma, who’s 5-0 on its home courts, will close out the 2003 slate by playing six of its last seven matches at the Headington Family Tennis Center.
Admission is free to all home matches.
Series Record/Last Time
The Sooners have lost two-straight matches to Wichita State. The Shockers defeated OU, 7-1, in 2003 and, 5-2, in 2002. The last time an OU team defeated WSU was during the 2000 season when the Sooners swept the Shockers, 7-0, in Wichita, Kan.
Oklahoma has not fared well against Baylor as the Bears own an impressive 7-1 record versus OU in league play.  Oklahoma defeated Baylor, 4-3, in 1997, the first year of Big 12 play.

Last Match Recap
OU picked up two home wins last week as the Sooners cruised to a 5-2 non-conference win over Lamar, followed by picking up their first Big 12 win of the season with a slim 4-3 victory over Colorado.
Oklahoma lost the doubles point against Lamar but then came back strong in singles action, only giving up one match to the Cardinals, who dropped to 2-12 on the season. 
The Sooners captured the doubles point against Colorado, before splitting singles with the Buffaloes. OU  improved to 15-4 and 1-2 in Big 12 action, while Colorado dropped to 5-14 and 1-5 in the Big 12. 
Sooners Undefeated At Home
OU is on a five-match home winning streak so far this season. Not since the 1999 season has OU put together five consecutive home wins. The Sooners have blanked two of the teams, while only giving up six points out of a possible 35.

Newcomers Remain Strong
Head coach Paul Lockwood knew what he was doing when he signed junior Ondrej Fukala (Prerov, Czech Republic), sophomore Lee Gregg (Altus, Okla.) and freshman Marek Velicka (Prerov Czech Republic). Leading the way is Velicka with a 17-2 overall record, while Gregg is 16-2 and Fukala is 15-2 on the season.



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