Feb. 12, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma men's tennis team is idle until Friday, Feb. 22, when the Sooners travel to Arlington, Texas, for a match against the University of Texas-Arlington. Match time is set for 1 p.m. at the UTA Tennis Center.
Sooners Improve to 4-1 With Wins Over SMS and UNI
The University of Oklahoma men's tennis team played three matches last week, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 5, with a 7-0 road loss to then-No. 62 New Mexico, at the Lobo Tennis Club in Albuquerque. Juniors Tobias Kronlein and Chris Mitchell took their opponents to three sets in No. 2 and 4 singles, respectively, but fell by identical scores of 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. The duo also threatened to win No. 1 doubles but fell to Brent Salazar and Ryan Stotland, 8-6. OU returned home Friday, Feb. 8, defeating Southwest Missouri State, 4-3, at the Oaktree Country Club. Kronlein improved his singles record to 3-1 with a solid 6-2, 7-5 decision over SMS' Saggar Salim at No. 2 singles. Mitchell and freshman Alex Nomicos easily defeated SMS' Fillip Knezevic (6-1, 6-3) and Predrag Pavlicic (6-2, 6-3) at No. 3 and No. 5 singles, respectively. The Sooners rounded out the weekend with a 6-0 sweep of Northern Iowa on Sunday, Feb.10, at the Oaktree Country Club. Junior Olivier Girardot handily defeated Ryan Moberg in No. 6 singles, 6-0, 6-0. The Sooners improve to 4-0 at home and 0-1 on the road.
Leading the Sooners
Juniors Tobias Kronlein and Chris Mitchell are both 4-1 in singles play to start the year. 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 3-1 record at No. 5 and 6 singles, while sophomore Sebastien Revol is 2-2 in No. 1 and 2 singles play and junior Ollivier Monferran is 3-2 in No. 3 and 4 singles play. Revol and freshman Brad Prigmore are 2-0 at No. 3 doubles entering the week, while Prigmore and junior Matt Ogle are 2-0 as well.
Head Coach Paul Lockwood
Beginning his 15th year as the head men's tennis coach, Lockwood is off to a 4-1 start with victories over Oklahoma-Science & Arts (2), SMS and UNI. Lockwood has experienced success with his teams over the years both on and off the court. He has compiled a 211-132 (.615) 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.