It looks like the first-season men's tennis coach, John Roddick, is taking the OU men's tennis program to the next level. After pulling an upset of Texas Tech in the second round of the NCAA Men's Tennis Tourney to get to the round of 16 for the first time in the program's history, the Sooners then sent the Longhorns packing and moved on to the quarterfinals. The win against Tech was the Sooners first win against them in five tries, the first win against them in the 2010 season, and was some revenge after Tech beat the Sooners in the Big 12 tourney at the end of April in Austin. The win against the No. 3 ranked Longhorns by the 20th ranked Sooners was the first win since 2005 and only the 2nd all-time. BOOMER SOONER!
The Sooners now face a touch test against Georgia on their home court in Athens. Roddick is a graduate of Georgia and a former coach there when the Bulldogs won the national championship in 2001, so he is obviously familiar with the surroundings and with the pressure. The Sooners have overachieved up to this point and maybe that will relax them going into this match and continue the string of upsets.
If you are wondering, yes, Coach Roddick is Andy Roddick's older brother and was his coach from 2006-2008 in addition to running his own tennis camp from 2002-2009. Between his hiring and the new tennis facilities, it seems like the men's tennis program is poised to make a run at the Big 12 tennis powerhouses.
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