Feb. 25, 2002

NORMAN Okla. - Sooner tennis set to open new facility

The Oklahoma men's tennis team returns home this weekend for matches against Oral Roberts on Friday, March 1, and Wichita State on Saturday, March 2. This will be the Sooners first matches at the newly constructed OU Headington Family Tennis Center located on Chatauqua and Imhoff. Match time is set for 1:30 p.m. on Friday and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Oklahoma is 5-2 on the season, their best start since 1998 Oral Roberts is 2-7 on the season, with wins over Northern Iowa and Centenary. Wichita State is 3-2 on the year, with wins over UMKC, Oral Roberts and Nebraska.

Sooners Split Matches at texas-Arlington

Oklahoma split its two matches last week. The Sooners defeated Lamar, 6-0, after losing to No. 73 Texas Arlington 5-2, at the UTA Tennis Center in Arlington, Texas. OU's Chris Mitchell and Olivier Giradot won both matches at No. 2 and No. 4 singles. Mitchell improves his spring record to 6-1 while Girardot goes to 3-1. The Sooners won all six singles matches for the victory.

Leading the Sooners

Juniors Tobias Kronlein and Chris Mitchell are 4-1 and 6-1, 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, 6-1. The duo is also 4-1 in No. 1 and 2 doubles play, with their only loss an 8-6 decision to New Mexico. Freshman Alex Nomicos sports a 4-2 record at No. 5 and 6 singles, while sophomore Sebastien Revol is 3-3 in No. 1 and 2 singles play. Revol and freshman Brad Prigmore are 3-0 at No. 3 doubles, while Prigmore and junior Matt Ogle are 2-0.

Head coach Paul lockwood

Beginning his 15th year as the head men's tennis coach, Lockwood is off to a 5-2 start with victories over Oklahoma-Science & Arts (2), SMS, UNI and Lamar. Lockwood has experienced success with his teams over the years both on and off the court. He has compiled a 212-133 (.614) 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 that was completed in October of 2001. The University of Oklahoma 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.