Feb. 9, 2000
This Week for the Sooners
The University of Oklahoma men's tennis team (1-1) resumes play this Friday against Southwest Missouri State (0-2) at the Oaktree Country Club in Edmond, Okla. The Bears are the second regional opponent on the Sooners' schedule. The match is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. In the last meeting against SMSU on Feb. 6, 1999, the Sooners edged the Bears, 4-3. This Sunday, OU will take on Indiana (1-0) at the same site in Edmond. Match time is set for 10 a.m. This is the first meeting between the two schools since Feb. 24, 1990, when the Hoosiers were victorious, 7-2
SMU Match Canceled
The Feb. 18 match against SMU scheduled for the Oaktree Country Club in Edmond has been canceled.
Recapping Last Week's Victory
Oklahoma improved its record to 1-1 last Friday at the Raquet Club in Wichita, Kan., as the Sooners trounced regional opponent Wichita State, 7-0. The Shockers dropped to 0-1 on the season. OU began the match winning the doubles point with ease (8-4, 8-4 and 8-3).
In singles action, the Sooners were tested at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. Senior Dusty Beard (Tulsa, Okla.) miraculously fought off seven match points against Mark Mullins and won in three sets, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5. At the No. 2 position, senior Charlie Roberson (San Angelo, Texas) came back to edge Mark Sewell, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6. The Sooners won the remaining singles matches in straight sets.
"Obviously we rebounded quite well after losing last week to New Mexico State," said Head Coach Paul Lockwood. "I thought our doubles teams played better than they did in the opening match. We were able to pull out some three-set matches, which is always a key in any dual match. Dusty and Charlie played extremely well. The other players played a lot better than the first match as well," said Lockwood.
Scouting the Bears and Hoosiers
Southwest Missouri State enters the contest against Oklahoma with a 0-2 record, having lost to No. 76 Kansas and No. 40 Tulsa. The Bears are ranked No. 10 in region V.
"Our upcoming match with Southwest Missouri State is very similar to our match with New Mexico State as far as their talent pool is concerned," said Lockwood. "I think that we'll need to be playing a lot better than our last match. Our doubles teams need to continually get better. A lot of the matches against them are going to be close and I think if we play well, we should come out on top."
Indiana is ranked No. 40 in the nation and No. 5 in region IV. The Hoosiers are 1-0 after posting an upset victory against Notre Dame, 4-3. It was their first victory over Notre Dame since 1991. The Hoosiers still have a match to play against Kansas on Feb. 12 before they face the Sooners.
"Indiana is probably the best team that we will have played so far this season," said Lockwood. "Coming from the north and the Big Ten, they play on indoor courts exclusively and that fact alone will make this a tough challenge for us."