March 22, 2000
NORMAN, Okla. -- The 47th-ranked Oklahoma men's tennis team (10-5) is hoping to extend its four-match winning streak as it begins conference play in the Big 12 this week against two of the toughest opponents in the conference.
On Thursday, March 23, OU goes up against the 13th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies (5-4, 1-0) in College Station, Texas at the Varsity Tennis Center at 2 p.m. The Aggies are coming off a 5-2 loss to No. 6 LSU. In singles action, A&M has two players nationally ranked. Junior Shuon Madden is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation and junior Cody Hubbel is ranked 90th. In doubles competition, the team of Madden and Dumitru Caradima are ranked 15th.
On Friday, March 24, the Sooners will face their hardest test of the season thus far when they play ninth-ranked Texas (12-2, 3-0). The Longhorns are coming off their first victory at Georgia since 1978. Texas also boasts two nationally-ranked players in singles competition. Senior Michael Blue is ranked 25th while senior Nick Crowell is ranked 73rd. That pair is currently ranked second in doubles while a pair of sophomores, Brandon Hawk and Jorge Haro, are ranked 42nd. This year's red river battle is set to begin at 2 p.m. at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin, Texas.
Sooners Victorious in Hawaii:
OU traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii for a trio of matches last week and came away with three wins in three days of action. The Sooners were dominant in their victories over Cal St.-Sacramento, 5-2, Portland, 6-1, and Hawaii, 5-2.
At the No. 1 singles position, senior Dusty Beard (Tulsa, Okla.) went undefeated in his three singles matches. Beard won all three of his matches in straight sets over CSS's Fabio Jesus, 6-3, 6-2, UP's Lars Anderson, 6-4, 6-0, and UH's Antonio Garcia, 6-2, 6-3.
In doubles action, Roberson and Warren (16-9 overall) decimated their opponents for three straight victories at the No. 1 position. The 52nd-ranked doubles team won decisively in each of their matches, 8-3, 8-3, and 8-4.
At the No. 2 doubles position, Beard and freshman Tobias Kronlein (Askim, Sweden) also won three-straight matches to improve their overall record to 8-2 for the season.
Regional and National 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 Beard and Dunham are ranked second and the team of Roberson and Warren are currently ranked fourth.
In the singles rankings, Beard is ranked eighth, Warren is ranked 16th and Charlie 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 conference title.