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The Sooners head to Stillwater to take on the Cowboys next week.

April 6, 2000

This Week for the Sooners:

The 57th-ranked Oklahoma men's tennis team (11-8, 0-3) is looking for its first victory in Big 12 Conference play. The Sooners were shut out by Kansas in Lawrence last Saturday, 7-0.

OU travels to Stillwater on Wednesday, April 12, to take on 65th-ranked Oklahoma State (8-4, 1-1). The match is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

The Cowboys won their first conference match of the season against Kansas, 4-3 on April 2 and upset No. 37 Tulsa on April 5. OSU will face Colorado on April 7 before their Bedlam showdown.

The Cowboys are currently ranked eighth in Region V and have three players ranked in Region V singles. Sophomore Matt Prentice is ranked 18th, junior Chris Bates is 20th and freshman Frantisek Krepelka is 24th. In the Region V doubles rankings, the team of Bates and Prentice is ranked ninth.

Oklahoma returns home Saturday, April 15, to begin a four-match homestand. The Sooners take on Nebraska (5-6, 0-4), who is also looking for its first conference victory, at the Westwood Tennis Courts in Norman. Match time is set for 12 p.m. NU will face Baylor and Texas Tech before playing OU.

The Cornhuskers are ranked fourth in Region V. In the Region V singles rankings, sophomore Jorge Abos Sanchez is ranked sixth, sophomore Lance Mills is 14th, sophomore Kai Rieke is 27th and junior Andrew Weise is 29th. In doubles, Reike and sophomore Ryan Haith are ranked 11th while the team of Abos Sanchez and freshman Adnan Hadzialic are 12th.

The next day, OU returns to Westwood to play Texas Tech who is currently ranked 60th in the country. Match time is set for 12 p.m. The Red Raiders (7-10, 1-4) are coming off a near-upset against No. 7 Baylor. They will go up against Texas A&M, Nebraska, and Oklahoma State before playing Oklahoma.

TU Forfeits To Sooners, OU Blanked By KU:
The Sooners picked up a victory by forfeit over 38th-ranked Tulsa on Wednesday, March 8, at the Westwwod Tennis Courts in Norman when the Golden Hurricane failed to show up for the match.

On the following Saturday, OU was shut out, 7-0, by conference and regional foe Kansas at the Alvamar Raquet Club in Lawrence.

In doubles action, seniors Charlie Roberson (San Angelo, Texas) and Rick Warren (Austin, Texas) won the Sooners lone match. The 49th-ranked duo upset the 45th-ranked team of Ed Dus and Rodrigo Echagaray, 9-7. The Sooners dropped the other two doubles matches, 8-5 and 8-3, giving KU the doubles point. OU wasn't able to win any matches in the singles competition.

Regional and National Rankings:
Oklahoma is currently ranked No. 57 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. Charlie Roberson and Rick Warren are ranked 49th in the latest ITA doubles rankings.

In Region V, Oklahoma is currently ranked seventh out of 15 schools. The Sooners boast two of the top four doubles teams in the region. Seniors Dusty Beard (Tulsa, Oklahoma) and Jeremy Dunham (Okmulgee, Oklahoma) are ranked second while Roberson and Warren are currently ranked fourth.

In singles, Beard is ranked eighth, Warren is 16th, and Roberson is 23rd.

Head Coach Paul Lockwood:
Head Coach Paul Lockwood is in his 13th season at the helm of the Sooner men's tennis program. Lockwood took over the coaching post in 1988 and has produced an OU career record of 204-116. The 1976 Oklahoma graduate has coached 19 conference champions and seven NCAA qualifiers. Lockwood has led eight teams to finish in the top four in the conference and his 1992 squad won the Big Eight conference title.