Men's Tennis Closes Out Regular Season This Weekend :: Sooners host No. 5 Baylor Friday, Colorado Saturday. Men's Tennis Closes Out Regular Season This Weekend




Jeremy Dunham and Oklahoma face No. 5 Baylor Friday at the Westwood Tennis Courts in Norman.

April 19, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. - The 52nd-ranked Oklahoma men's tennis team (14-10, 1-5) will close out its regular season this weekend with a pair of Big 12 matches at the Westwood Tennis Courts in Norman. OU is looking to finish strong after going 1-2 in conference play last week. The Sooners picked up their first conference victory of the season against Nebraska, 7-0, last Saturday.

OU faces its toughest opponent of the season on Friday, April 21, against the fifth-ranked Baylor Bears (17-4, 6-0). Baylor is coming off of a 5-2 victory on the road against No. 13 TCU. Baylor boasts two ranked players in the ITA singles rankings. Senior Johann Jooste is currently ranked No. 23 and freshman Zotan Papp is ranked 65th.

In the doubles rankings, senior David Hodge and junior Mark Williams are ranked seventh in the country by the ITA. Match time is set for 1:30 p.m.

Oklahoma finishes its regular season on Saturday against regional and conference opponent Colorado (8-6, 1-5). CU is coming off a 4-3 loss to Kansas and will play Oklahoma State on April 21 before facing OU.

In Region V, the Buffaloes are ranked one spot ahead of OU at No. 6. In the Region V singles rankings, sophomore Mirko Jovanovic is ranked fifth and senior Artur Rusiecki is ranked seventh. In the Region V doubles rankings, the team of Jovanovic and freshman Maciej Dilaj are ranked 10th. Match time is set for noon.

OU Loses To Pokes, Blanks NU, Edged By Tech
OU began play last week hoping to win its first conference match of the season with a series of matches against Oklahoma State, Nebraska and Texas Tech.

On Wednesday, April 12, the Cowboys fought through a rain delay in Stillwater to beat OU, 4-3. OSU took the advantage in the early stages of the match winning the doubles point.

In singles competition, senior Dusty Beard (Tulsa, Okla.), senior Rick Warren (Austin, Texas) and freshman Tobias Kronlein (Guthenburg, Sweden) all won. But OSU won the other three matches to clinch the victory.

The Sooners returned home to the Westwood Tennis Courts on Saturday, April 15, to face Nebraska who was also looking for their first conference win of the season. OU dominated taking two out of the three doubles matches and winning all six singles matches to complete the 7-0 shutout.

The next day in Norman, No. 63 Texas Tech held on to edge OU, 4-3. The Red Raiders won thr doubles point with victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. OU seniors Charlie Roberson (San Angelo, Texas) and Warren won impressively at the No. 1 spot over Jevgenij Cariov and Borut Marincevic, 8-2.

In the singles competition, Texas Tech's Clay Estes won in three sets over Warren, 6-0, 5-7, 6-2, to clinch the Texas Tech victory.

Regional 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 Charlie Roberson (San Angelo, Texas) and Rick Warren (Austin, Texas) 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 202-118. 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.