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April 27, 2013

Quite a show going on at the Headington Family Tennis Center

NORMAN — Here’s the thing.

You should be at the Headington Family Tennis Center at noon today. It’s right behind John Crain Field, adjacent to Lloyd Noble Center’s parking lot, and you should be there.

That’s when the Oklahoma and Texas men meet in a Big 12 tournament semifinal.

The Sooners are the nation’s 14th-ranked team and the Longhorns are No. 19, and one of two things is going to happen.

OU will win, and what member of the Sooner Nation doesn’t want to watch Texas lose? Or, Texas will win, and that will be disappointing, and still you will have made yourself aware of the wonderful drama that is good college tennis.

So go.

The men are the last Sooners standing because Texas knocked off the OU women Friday, winning 4-1, which was indeed the dual’s final score and a complete misnomer at the same time.

If you were there, you know. Because if you were there, in the seats alongside OU’s women’s basketball team and coaches, several members of the volleyball team and some golfers, too, you saw how close the Sooners were to making it 3-3 and forcing the doubles point to be decided. Your head was on a swivel, watching six different courts, experiencing how everything can change so fast.

“There’s always something to watch,” Sooner women’s coach David Mullins said.

Don’t worry about Mullins’ team. It’s been bounced from the conference tournament but the season is not over.

A shoe-in for the NCAA tournament, it’s only a matter of location and seed. It will have another chance.

Still, you need to understand Friday afternoon’s drama because it’s worth understanding.

Four singles matches were already in the book and Texas had won three of them, and even a couple of those were great ones, with Texas’ Breaunna Addison, ranked 33rd in the nation, pushed to a 7-5 second set by OU’s Whitney Ritchie, a junior out of Bishop McGuinness; as well as OU’s Abbi Melrose, in the No. 5 singles match, coming from well down in the first set to post a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Texas’ Lina Padegimaite.

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