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No. 30 TU Men's Tennis Comeback Bid Falls Short as No. 16 Pepperdine won 4-3

Alejandro Espejo started TU's comeback winning the first point for TU to cut Pepperdine's lead 2-1

Alejandro Espejo started TU's comeback winning the first point for TU to cut Pepperdine's lead 2-1
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Jan. 29, 2014

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TULSA, Okla. - The University of Tulsa men's tennis team's comeback bid fell short as Pepperdine won 4-3 on Wednesday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center after having a 2-0 lead.

"Tonight was an awesome college match," head coach Vince Westbrook said. "We had our opportunities. We just didn't convert, but I thought we competed well. I think that this is going to pay dividends down the road, but we let a good match slip away tonight."

No. 30 Golden Hurricane (4-3) lost the doubles point for only the second time this season. After losing the No. 3 doubles, TU won the No. 2 doubles as Japie De Klerk and Alejandro Espejo won 6-2. No. 16 Pepperdine (3-1) won the doubles point after winning at the No. 1 doubles position.

The Waves went up 2-0 after it won at the No. 3 singles position, but Espejo's 6-0, 6-2 win at the No. 4 singles position got TU on the board and trailed the Waves 2-1.

Marsland tied the score at two after defeating No. 58 David Sofaer 6-2, 6-3, but Pepperdine retook the lead 3-2 after a win at the No. 1 singles position.

The Golden Hurricane tied the score at three after Dylan McCloskey's win at the No. 6 singles position. McCloskey lost the first set 6-5 (5), but won the last two sets 6-2, 6-3.

After losing the first set 6-3, Juan Carvajal won the second set 6-4 and tied the final set at five, heading into a tie-breaker point. Carvajal lost the back-and-forth tie breaker 11-9 to lose the set 6-5.

The Golden Hurricane continues its three-match homestand with No. 42 Washington on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and No. 6 Tennessee on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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Singles

#33 Alex Sarkissian (Pep) d. Japie De Klerk (TLS) 6-4, 6-5 (5)

Clifford Marsland (TLS) d. #58 David Sofaer (Pep) 6-2, 6-3

Francis Alcantara (Pep) d. #71 Carlos Bautista (TLS) 6-0, 6-0

Alejandro Espejo (TLS) d. Stefan Menichella (Pep) 6-0, 6-2

Pedro Leme (Pep) d. Juan Carvajal (TLS) 6-3, 4-6, 6-5 (9)

Dylan McCloskey (TLS) d. Tom Hill (Pep) 5-6 (5), 6-2, 6-3

Doubles

Alex Sarkissian/Francis Alcantara (Pep) d. Clifford Marsland/Dylan McCloskey (TLS) 6-4

Japie De Klerk/Alejandro Espejo (TLS) d. David Sofaer/Stefan Menichella (Pep) 6-2

Alex Giannini/Pedro Leme (Pep) d. Carlos Bautista/Daniel Santos (TLS) 6-2