Men's Tennis Opens Home Schedule

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 06, 2008

 OU (4-4) vs. Memphis (5-5)  
 Date  Sunday, March 9 at noon
 Location  Norman, Okla.Headington Family Tennis Center 
 Tickets  Free admission 
 Online  Live Scoring
 Promotions  OU Tennis T-shirts and free popcorn

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma men's tennis (4-4) returns to action Saturday as it hosts the Memphis Tigers (5-5) at noon for the first home match of 2008 at the Headington Family Tennis Center.

"We are excited to finally be playing a true home match for the first time this year," head coach Paul Lockwood said.

OU rolled at home last season as they compiled a 7-3 record at the friendly confines of the Headington Family Tennis Center.

Memphis rolls into Norman on a five-match road trip that ends on Saturday.  The Tigers have lost all three matches on the trip and most recently fell to No. 4 Ole Miss in Oxford, 5-0.

The Tigers are led by senior Amrit Narasimhan at No. 1 singles.  The Richmond, Texas native is 10-10 on the season.  Freshman Leon Nasemann is 9-1 overall playing No. 2 singles and is on a five-match win streak.

Narasimhan and Charlie Ramsay lead Memphis at No. 1 doubles.  The duo is 13-4 on the season, but has lost the past two matches.

Oklahoma is ranked No. 35 in the March 4 release of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) team rankings.

Sophomore Andrei Daescu is ranked No. 27 in the ITA singles rankings.  Daescu and senior Federico Chavarria hold the No. 28 ranking in doubles play.

Cumulative Stats

The Sooners' home opener, which was scheduled for March 1, was postponed due to inclement weather in the Norman area.  The matches will be rescheduled, but no date has been set.

In their last outing, the Sooners lost 4-3 to No. 29 Memphis on Wednesday night.  OU tied the match at 3-3 but could not pick up the No. 5 singles victory.

The women's tennis team will also be in action Saturday at noon as they host Tulsa. Both the men's and women's team will host an autograph session at the conclusion of the match.

Next up, the Sooners travel to Montgomery, Ala., for the 59th Blue-Gray National Classic on Thursday, March 13-16.  The classic will be hosted at Montgomery's Lagoon Park Tennis Complex and Notre Dame is the defending champion.



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