No. 17 Tulsa Falls to No. 25 Washington 4-3
Jan. 18, 2013
Tulsa, Okla. -
In a top-25 showdown, the Tulsa men’s tennis squad fell to Washington 4-3 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on Friday, January 18.
The Golden Hurricane (0-1) jumped out to a 1-0 lead after securing the doubles point, and led 2-0, but Washington (2-0) tallied four of the next five points to take the match.
The veteran duo of seniors Tristan Jackson and Grant Ive secured the doubles point for TU with an 8-3 win over Emmett Egger and Matt Manthou at the No. 2 spot. At No. 3, junior Japie De Klerk and freshman Carlos Bautista had a 6-3 lead over Jeff Hawke and Viktor Farkas in a match that was left unfinished.
At No. 2, Marsland dispatched Egger 6-2, 6-2, to give TU a 2-0 lead.
After losses by De Klerk and Espejo at No. 1 and No. 3, respectively, Bautista, playing at the No. 5 slot, defeated Nicholas Kamisar 6-3, 7-5, to give the Hurricane a 3-2 advantage.
Once Jackson dropped a 2-6, 6-3, 1-6 decision to Hawke, all eyes turned on court No. 4 as Ive and Manthou were in the midst of the third set. Manthou took the first frame 6-2, while Ive took the second 3-6. Ive took a 5-3 lead in the frame, but Manthou took three of the next four points to send it into the tiebreaker, which he ultimately won 11-9 to give the Huskies the win.
“It was a great match,” commented Head Coach Vince Westbrook. “We competed well in the doubles, we were solid at No. 1, 2 and 3. In singles, I thought after the first hour of singles our focus dropped. Some guys competed hard, and some guys mentally checked out, and we can’t do that. I thought we fought hard, and we still had our opportunities. Luckily it’s the first match of the year.”
The Golden Hurricane will conclude the weekend with a match against No. 23 Texas on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
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Friday, January 18
Michael D. Case Tennis Center- Tulsa, Okla.
No. 25 Washington vs. No. 17 Tulsa
1. Clifford Marsland/Alejandro Espejo def. Marton Bots/Kyle McMorrow, 8-3
2. Grant Ive/Tristan Jackson def. Emmett Egger/Max Manthou, 8-3
3. Japie De Klerk/Carlos Bautista led Jeff Hawke/Viktor Farkas, 6-3, unfinished
Order of Matches: 1, 2, 3 (Unfinished)
1. Kyle McMorrow def. No. 34 Japie De Klerk, 7-6 (9-7), 6-0
2. Clifford Marsland def. Emmett Egger 6-2, 6-2
3. Viktor Farkas def. No. 68 Alejandro Espejo 7-5, 6-3
4. Max Manthou def. Grant Ive 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (11-9)
5. Carlos Bautista def. Nick Kamisar, 6-3, 7-5
6. Jeff Hawke def. Tristan Jackson 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
Order of Matches: 2,3,1,5,6,4
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