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Men's Tennis Travels to Texas for Big 12 Championships
April 26, 2005

NORMAN, Okla. -- Texas’ Penick-Allison Tennis Center is the site for the ninth annual Big 12 men’s and women’s tennis postseason tournaments on April 28-May 1.  Aftering hosting the inaugural tennis championships in 1997, the event returns to Austin. It joins Kansas City, Mo.; College Station, Texas; Lincoln, Neb.; Waco, Texas; and Norman, Okla. as a tournament sponsor.

Baylor, which won the first-ever NCAA team tennis title by a Big 12 school, returns to defend its title. BU captured both the Big 12 men’s regular season championship and the tourney crown. Baylor, Texas and Texas A&M have combined to win all eight of the previous men’s league tournaments.

Admission to tournament action are as follows: All-Session: $15 ... Adult Day Pass: $5 ... Student Day Pass: $2. Up to the minute results will be available at www.TexasSports.com and www.Big12Sports.com.

Oklahoma Set For Big 12 Championships Play
Oklahoma enters the 2005 Big 12 Conference Men’s Tennis Championship as the No. 6 seed. The Sooners tied Texas and Colorado for fifth-place in the league standings at 2-5.

However, host Texas gets first choice at the time slots and will play the 3 p.m. match on Friday as the No. 5 seed. OU upset UT, 4-3, giving the Sooners the sixth seed while pushing Colorado to the seventh seed, even after beating OU, 4-3, last Saturday in Boulder.

Oklahoma, who sports an overall record of 17-5, will face No. 3 seed Oklahoma State (18-5, 5-2 Big 12) in the first round of tournament play on Friday, April 29 at 11 a.m.

“We’re ready to get back out on the courts and compete in the Big 12 Tournament. We’re dissapointed in our last showing, but I know our guys will bounce back and be ready to play in Austin,” said head coach Paul Lockwood.

Last Time Against OSU
The Sooners had oppurtunities to upset Oklahoma State last week, but couldn’t quite finish. OU lost to OSU, 4-3. After easily winning the doubles point, only junior Tommy Garrison and senior Ondrej Fukala picked up singles wins over the Cowboys.

Last Season in the Big 12 Tournament
Oklahoma and OSU faced off in the Big 12 Tournament last year. OU started off well by winning the doubles point, but they didn’t execute well in singles action, losing four matches in a row to the Cowboys, giving Oklahoma State the 4-1 win over the Sooners.

Oklahoma State At A Glance
The Cowboys are currently ranked 16th and on a four-match winning streak. OSU carries a spring record of 18-5 and a conference record of 5-2 into the match against Oklahoma. All of Oklahoma State’s losses have been to ranked opponents and its two conference losses were to Baylor and Texas A&M.

OSU’s No. 1 player is senior Mark Van Elden. Van Elden is currently ranked 27th in the ITA singles rankings. Van Elden and OU’s 65th-ranked sophomore Marek Velicka have faced off three times this year, with Van Elden holding the edge 2-1.

OU-OSU Series
OSU leads the Bedlam series 39-31 and no current Sooners have been part of a team that has beaten the Cowboys during regular season action.
 

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