Men’s Tennis Hosts Tulsa Sunday

NORMAN – The Oklahoma men’s tennis team returns to the Headington Family Tennis Center Sunday to host Tulsa at 5 p.m.

The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus with Chad McKee and Mark Johnson on the call.

Five Things to Know

  • OU returns to the Headington Family Tennis Center for the first time since Jan. 31 and just the fifth home match of the season. The Sooners spent the majority of January and early February on the road for non-conference play.

  • The Sooners lead the all-time series with Tulsa 41-15-2. The first contest between the teams was held in 1952, OU’s inaugural season of tennis. The most recent meeting of the Sooners and Golden Hurricane was in 2018 in Tulsa, where OU prevailed 6-1. OU has won the last eight matches with Tulsa consecutively and is 9-1 in the last 10 meetings.

  • In their last outing, the Sooners took down Arkansas 4-3 in Fayetteville to hand the Razorbacks their first loss of the season and earn OU’s first road win of 2021. OU opened the match with the doubles point then used singles wins from the bottom half of the lineup to put away Arkansas.

  • OU has won the doubles point in each of its last four matches. Max Stewart and Mason Beiler have clinched three of those four opening points on court two. The Sooners are 4-1 this season when they’ve won the doubles point and have given up just one doubles point at the Headington Family Tennis Center this year as OU dropped the point to Wichita State on Jan. 29.

  • Freshman Nathan Han and sophomore Alex Martinez carry a three-match doubles winning streak into Sunday’s contest. The duo is 2-0 against ranked opponents after defeating 2019 NCAA All-Americans and ITA No. 32 Murkel Dellien and Marius Frosa of Wichita State (1/29) and No. 10 Constantin Frantzen and Sven Lah of Baylor (2/5).

Scouting Tulsa

Tulsa comes to Norman at 5-3 on the season. TU has won its last two matches consecutively with both of those victories over Power Five squads – a 4-3 win over Washington on Feb. 5, followed by a 5-2 victory over then-No. 23 Texas Tech on Feb. 6, both in Tulsa.

Kody Pearson represents the Golden Hurricane in the ITA singles release, where he is No. 67. Pearson and Connor DiMarco are No. 29 in doubles.

Match Info

First serve is set for 5 p.m. CT Sunday. The match will be broadcast on FSOK+ and live stats will be available.  

OU Athletics has announced that fans will not be admitted for 2021 matches at the Headington Family Tennis Center due to limited seating capacity related to COVID-19 precautions. Home and visitor student-athletes will receive a limited number of complimentary tickets on a pass-list basis.

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