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TU Men's Tennis Drops its First Match of the Season at ITA Kick-off Weekend

De Klerk and Marsland won at No. 1 singles position and No. 2 singles position in the first round of the ITA Kick-off Weekend in Norman, Okla., on Saturday
De Klerk and Marsland won at No. 1 singles position and No. 2 singles position in the first round of the ITA Kick-off Weekend in Norman, Okla., on Saturday
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Jan. 25, 2014

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NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Tulsa men's tennis lost its first match of the season to Northwestern 4-2 at the ITA Kick-off Weekend on Saturday.

After losing the doubles point for the first time this season, the Wildcats took a 2-0 lead after a win at the No. 5 singles position. Seniors Japie De Klerk and Clifford Marsland evened the score at two after winning at the No. 1 singles position and No. 2 singles position respectively.

Marsland defeated Konrad Zieba 6-4, 6-4, while De Klerk won his match over Raleigh Smith 6-4, 6-4.

NU retook the lead, 3-2, after a win at the No. 6 singles position. Sophomore Dylan McCloskey won the first set 6-5 over Fedor Baev, but fell in the final two sets 6-2, 6-3.

The Wildcats recorded the fourth point after a win at the No. 4 singles position. Junior Alejandro Espejo lost the first set 6-4 over Mihir Kumar, but bounced back with a win in the second set, 6-2. Espejo lost the final set in a close set, 6-5.

The Golden Hurricane finishes the ITA Kick-off Weekend in Norman, Okla., on Sunday and faces either No. 9 Oklahoma or No. 37 Virginia Tech.

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No. 31 Northwestern 4, No. 24 Tulsa 2

Singles

Japie De Klerk (TLS) d. Raleigh Smith (NU) 6-4, 6-4

Clifford Marsland (TLS) d. Konrad Ziebra (NU) 6-4, 6-4

Carlos Bautista (TU) vs. Sam Shrophsire (NU) 6-5, 2-6, 5-5 unfinished

Mihir Kumar (NU) d. Alejandro Espejo (TLS) 4-6, 6-2, 6-5

Strong Kirchheimer (NU) d. Juan Carvajal (TLS) 6-0, 6-1

Fedor Baev (NU) d. Dylan McCloskey (TLS) 5-6, 6-2, 6-3

Doubles

Clifford Marsland/Dylan McCloskey (TLS) vs. Mihir Kumar/Sam Shropshire (NU) 5-5 unfinshed

Alp Horoz/Fedor Baev (NU) d. Japie De Klerk/Alejandro Espejo (TLS) 6-1

Raleigh Smith/Strong Kirchheimer (NU) d. Carlos Bautista/Daniel Santos (TLS) 6-4