March 7, 2000

UPCOMING EVENT...

The Sooners (3-5) will host Texas A&M Sat., March 11, at the Westwood Tennis Courts in Norman, Okla. Action starts at 10:00 a.m.

Oklahoma enters the match with an overall record of 3-5. The Sooners opened the spring season with victories over New Mexico State, 5-4, and Wichita State, 6-3. OU's losses have been against Texas-Arlington, 5-4, TCU, 5-4, No. 8 Texas, 8-1, Tulsa 7-2 and Houston 7-2. Junior Viviana Mracnova boast an overall singles record of 8-5 at the No. 1 singles spot. When paired up with senior Angela Stroup, Mracnova is 6-3 at the No. 1 doubles position.

LAST WEEK ...

Early in the week, OU women's tennis team suffered a 7-2 loss to 61st-ranked TU, Wednesday afternoon at the Westwood Tennis Courts. This improvedTU to 6-3.

Senior Angela Stroup, picked up the only win in singles at the No. 2 slot defeating Bianca Posada, 6-2, 6-3. In doubles, the No. 1 slot, Mracnova and Stroup, beat TU's Poveda and Sedivec, 8-3.

On Saturday, women's tennis competed against No. 66 Houston, falling to a 7-2 loss at the John Hoff Tennis Complex in Houston, Texas. Houston improved to 5-6 on the season.

In singles action, OU was only able to pick up points at the number one and six positions. Junior Viviana Mracnova won in straight sets over Galina Seliounina, 7-5, 7-5. Freshman Melissa Mendieta was victorious over Karine Urbin, 7-5, 6-1. The Cougers took the doubles point winning 8-6, 8-6, and 9-8. This loss dropped the Sooners to 3-5 on the season.

SOONER NOTES ...

The Sooners welcome two spring recruits that are eligible immediately ... Spring newcomers include Annette Bryntesson, (Perth, Australia) and Melissa Mendieta, (San Jose, Coasta Rica) ... Among NCAA Division I Tennis programs, only Oklahoma men's and women's tennis teams have earned three consecutive ITA Academic All-American team titles ... Viviana Mracnova and Angela Stroup upset Texas' sixth-ranked and top doubles pair in Janet Walker and Kaysie Smashey, 8-6.

HEAD COACH ...

Beginning his 12th year as the women's tennis coach, Mark Johnson's career record at OU is 191-85. In addition to earning Big 12 Coach of the Year honors last season, he garnished Big Eight Conference Coach of the Year merits in 1991, 1994 and 1995.

He is a 1982 graduate of Oklahoma State with a degree in business administration. Before joining the Sooner tradition, Johnson served as an assistant coach for the men's tennis team at OSU, guiding the Cowboys to the 1983 Big Eight title.