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Tulsa Golden Hurricane Sports Weekly Review

March 28, 2011

Student-Athlete of the Week
Week of March 21 - March 27
Sophomore Erin Leddy (Rowing) has maintained a 3.65 grade-point average in marketing. The Georgetown, Texas, native was part of the Varsity 4+ that topped Harvard's `A' and `B' with a time of 8:55.0. Tulsa had a clean start and pushed out early on Harvard, matching them stroke-for-stroke and raced an aggressive race for the four-second win.

Last Week's Results
Won the National Invitational Tournament
(The Golden Hurricane captured the team championship at the National Invitational Tournament over teams like Arizona, SMU, Indiana and TCU. Tulsa carded a final round of 283 to finish the 54-hole tournament with an 11-over 867 at the Omni Tucson National Country Club as the teams played both the par-70 Sonoran Course and the par-72 Catalina Course. Junior Stephen Carney finished second overall with a three-under par 211. Sophomore Chris Worrell had a final score of even par 214 to finish sixth. Freshmen John Young Kim and Johannes Veerman finished 14th and 26th, respectively. Junior Arie Fauzi finished 82nd.)

Competed at the BYU Entrada Classic
(TU finished eighth at the BYU Entrada Classic this past week at the Entrada at Snow Canyon. Sophomore Kristina Merkle had a team-best 226 total to finish sixth overall. It was her fourth top-10 finish this season. Junior Kamryn Ruffin recorded a 232 to claim a 22nd-place mark, while Marita Engzelius was one stroke back in 25th. Sarah Elliot and Charlotte Brooks posted 241 and 250 totals for 48th and 66th place, respectively.)

Competed against Harvard and MIT
(The Golden Hurricane took on Harvard and MIT at the DeWolfe Boathouse at the Charles River Basin in Boston, Mass. The blistering conditions included 28-degree weather and 12-14 mph headwinds. The Varsity 4+ topped Harvard's `A' and `B' boat with a time of 8:55.0. TU's Lightweight 4+ topped MIT's two boats, while the Golden Hurricane trailed Harvard in the remaining three races.)

SOFTBALL (24-9, 7-2 C-USA)
Defeated No. 12 Oklahoma 1-0
(Tulsa started its week strong with a 1-0 victory at home over the highly-ranked Sooners. The Golden Hurricane received a complete-game, two-hit shutout effort from freshman Aimee Creger. Tulsa plated the lone run of the game in the sixth when senior first baseman Kelly Chapman doubled (the lone extra-base hit of the game for either team) and later scored on a wild pitch. Chapman, sophomore shortstop Samantha Cobb and freshman left fielder Shelby Blanton recorded the three TU hits.)

Lost at East Carolina 1-0 (10 innings) (The Golden Hurricane traveled to East Carolina and dropped the first game of the three-game set in 10 innings. ECU walked four times in the 10th to steal the victory. Senior pitcher Jordan Kinard threw 9.0 innings and allowed eight hits. She struck out nine and did not allow a run. Sophomore Lacey Middlebrooks relieved Kinard and walked home the winning run. Cobb, Middlebrooks, junior second baseman Skylar Swanson, sophomore center fielder Caitlin Everett and senior outfielder Lauren Menke all had hits.)

Won at East Carolina 5-3 (Creger threw another solid game and got five runs from the batters to even the series against the Pirates. TU jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first and held on for the rest of the way. Middlebrooks, sophomore catcher Cassidy Bowen and freshman third baseman Jill Barrett all had two hits, and Blanton drove home two. Five different runners scored for the Golden Hurricane.)

Lost at East Carolina 10-1 (Middlebrooks and Kinard combined to allow 10 runs on only seven hits. They walked seven batters and Middlebrooks pitched just 0.1 innings. Everett and Bowen both had two hits and Bowen drove home Creger for the lone run of the game for the Golden Hurricane. Tulsa is still 7-2 in C-USA action, while ECU is 5-4 in conference action.)

MEN'S TENNIS (14-4, 5-0 C-USA) Nationally Ranked No. 27
Defeated Tulane 6-1
(The Golden Hurricane defeated the Green Wave to remain unblemished against conference opponents in 2011. The team won the doubles point and picked up victories in five of six singles matches. This was the first meeting between the two programs since March 19, 2005. Coach Vince Westbrook is now just two wins shy of the 300-win plateau (298-217). Freshman Japie de Klerk, the No. 123-ranked singles player in the nation, moved to 17-0 in singles, and he and sophomore Marcelo Arevalo are now 11-0 in doubles action. They are ranked No. 67 as a tandem. Arevalo (No. 59) and junior Ashley Watling (No. 68) are both 9-2 in their last 11 matches. Sophomore Clifford Marsland (No. 123) is on a four-match win streak and is 7-0 when playing at No. 3 singles. Watling and Marsland are ranked No. 20 as a doubles team.)

WOMEN'S TENNIS (16-2, 2-0 C-USA) Nationally Ranked No. 22 (highest in school history)
Defeated No. 41 Nebraska 6-1
(Tulsa swept the doubles point and won five of six singles matches to take down the nationally-ranked Huskers. TU won its 11th-straight match and moved to 8-2 over ranked opponents in 2011. Seniors Alexandra Kichoutkin and Jo-Anne Karaitiana, and junior Ewa Szatkowska both won two matches in the triumph over Nebraska. Freshman Sam Vickers also won her 10th-straight singles match and moved to 11-1 this year.)

Upcoming Schedule
March 29 (Tues.) M. Tennis at No. 30 Oklahoma 5 pm

March 30 (Wed.) W. Tennis at No. 18 Oklahoma 2 pm
Softball vs. Arkansas 5 pm
Softball at No. 18 Oklahoma State 7 pm

April 1 (Fri.) M. Tennis at No. 8 Stanford 4 pm
W. Golf at Rebel Intercollegiate All Day

April 2 (Sat.) Softball at Memphis (DH)* 1 pm
W. Golf at Rebel Intercollegiate All Day
W. Rowing at San Diego Crew Classic All Day
Outdoor Track at Razorback Invitational All Day

April 3 (Sun.) W. Tennis Saint Louis 11 am
Softball at Memphis* noon
W. Golf at Rebel Intercollegiate All Day
W. Rowing at San Diego Crew Classic All Day

* = Conference USA event

Tulsa Student-Athlete of the Week Winners
August 30 - Katie Bykowski (Women's Soccer)
September 7 - Paula Whiting (Cross Country)
September 13 - Ashley McInnes (Men's Soccer)
September 20 - Diana Silva (Volleyball)
September 27 - G.J. Kinne (Football)
October 4 - Jessica Adams (Volleyball)
October 11 - Carla Horne (Rowing)
October 18 - Tyler Holmes (Football)
October 25 - Diana Silva (Volleyball)
November 1 - Justin Duncan and Paula Whiting (Cross Country)
November 8 - Heather Brooks (Rowing)
November 15 - Chris Taylor (Men's Soccer)
November 22 - Jessica Adams (Volleyball)
November 29 - G.J. Kinne (Football)
December 6 - Hannah Stout (Volleyball)
December 13 - Taleya Mayberry (Women's Basketball)
January 3 - Steven Idlet (Men's Basketball)
January 10 - Steven Idlet Men's Basketball)
January 17 - Bonny Davidson (Women's Tennis)
January 24 - Ewa Szatkowska (Women's Tennis)
January 31 - Paulo Pinheiro (Indoor Track)
February 7 - Jennifer Mace (Indoor Track)
February 14 - Tristan Jackson (Men's Tennis)
February 21 - Kamryn Ruffin (Women's Golf)
February 28 - Paula Whiting (Indoor Track)
March 7 - Samantha Cobb (Softball)
March 14 - Clifford Marsland (Men's Tennis)
March 21 - Kelly Chapman (Softball)
March 28 - Erin Leddy (Rowing)