Men's Tennis Returns Home To Face Tulsa :: This will be the third-straight ranked opponent Sooners have faced in as many matches. Men's Tennis Returns Home To Face Tulsa






March 28, 2000

This Week for the Sooners:

The 47th-ranked Oklahoma men's tennis team (10-7, 0-2) returns home this week after a long road trip. The Sooners are hoping to rebound from two losses suffered last weekend to No. 13 Texas A&M and No. 9 Texas.

On Wednesday, OU will go up against regional opponent, No. 46 Tulsa (9-4), in a rematch between the two nationally-ranked schools. This will be the third-straight ranked opponent OU has faced in as many matches. The Golden Hurricane beat the Sooners, 5-2, at the H.E.B. Tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas on March 5. Match time is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at the Westwood Tennis Center in Norman, Okla.

TU is currently ranked third in Region V. The Golden Hurricane boast two players in the singles regional rankings. Senior Nenad Toroman is ranked third and sophomore Pawel Sebastianski is ranked No. 19. In doubles, Toroman and Sebastianski are ranked fifth.

The Sooners hit the road again on Saturday, April 1 to take on Kansas (5-8, 2-1) at 10 a.m. at the Alvamar Raquet Club in Lawrence, Kansas. KU will be the second Region V opponent the Sooners have faced in as many matches. The Jayhawks are coming off a 5-2 win over No. 56 Texas Tech.

In the ITA singles rankings, sophomore Rodrigo Echagaray is ranked No. 76 while in the doubles rankings, Echagaray and junior Ed Dus are ranked No. 32.

In Region V rankings, the Jayhawks are currently ranked No. 2. In the singles rankings, KU freshman Eleazar Magallan is ranked first, Echagaray is second, sophomore Quentin Blakeney is 15th and freshman Pete Stroer 25th.

In doubles Dus and Echagaray are No. 1 in Region V while Magallan and sophomore Alex Barragan are ranked seventh.

Sooners Struggle in Texas:

The OU men's tennis team faced two of its toughest opponents of the season last weekend in No. 13 Texas A&M and No. 9 Texas. The Aggies edged the Sooners, 4-3, in College Station. The Sooners pulled out victories in three of the six singles matches but were swept in doubles action giving A&M the extra point it needed for the victory.

The next day in Austin, Texas dominated the Sooners, 6-1. The Sooners were unable to get a victory in doubles action but mustered one victory in singles competition. Senior Rick Warren (Austin, Texas) went 2-0 in both matches as he defeated A&M's Ryan Newport, 5-7, 6-3 and 6-4 and UT's Jean Simon, 7-6, 6-3.

Regional and National Rankings:

Oklahoma is currently ranked No. 47 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. Charlie Roberson (San Angelo, Texas) and Rick Warren are ranked 52nd 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 rankings, Beard is ranked eighth, Warren is ranked 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 203-113. 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.