No. 23 Tulsa Upsets No. 11 Texas A&M 6-1 Sunday
Feb. 12, 2012
"This was a great win for us, especially with how they embarrassed us at their place last year," Tulsa Head Coach Vince Westbrook said. "That loss motivated us to go on our run all the way to the (NCAA) Round of 16."
After Tulsa fell 6-1 to the Aggies in College Station a year ago, the Golden Hurricane went on a six-match win streak. That streak included a Conference USA Championship and a trip to the NCAA Round of 16 for the first time in school history.
The last time Tulsa defeated an opponent ranked this high was March 13, 2004, when the blue and gold topped No. 7 TCU 4-3. This was also TU's first triumph over Texas A&M since 2008.
"We have been looking for that marquee victory this season, and we couldn't quite get over the hump until today," Westbrook said. "Hopefully this win gives us the confidence we need to have a great second half of the season like we did last year."
The Golden Hurricane (4-5) won the doubles point and took five of the six singles matches over the defending Big 12 Conference Champions. Texas A&M (5-2) was coming off a 4-3 win over No. 14 Texas this past Friday.
Watling and Marsland comprise the third-ranked pair in the nation, and they are now on a six-match win streak.
Juniors Grant Ive and Tristan Jackson, ranked No. 37 in the nation, fell behind 7-1 to Colin Hoover and John Lewis. The Tulsa tandem fought all the way back and forced a tiebreak, which was eventually won by the Aggie pair 8-7 (7-3).
The Golden Hurricane quickly jumped ahead 3-0 after No. 88 Ive defeated Lewis 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4 singles, and freshman Alejandro Sanchez toppled Niall Angus 6-3, 6-3 from the sixth court.
The clinching victory came at No. 2 singles, where No. 83-ranked Watling disposed of Hoover 6-1, 6-4. Sanchez and Watling are both on five-match win streaks.
With the team victory in tow, the home team added two more points to the win by capturing the third and fifth courts.
Jackson posted one of the biggest wins of his career, as he defeated No. 73 Jeremy Efferding 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 on the fifth court. The win was Jackson's second-career triumph over a ranked opponent and the first this year.
Marsland topped No. 104-ranked Ore 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 from No. 3 singles. Marsland picked up his second win over a ranked opponent this spring.
De Klerk was unable to make it a clean sweep as he fell 6-4, 6-3 to No. 19 Klegou at the top of the lineup.
"Obviously a key for us has been getting healthy this year," Westbrook said. "We've been a little banged up, but now we have Japie back, which is huge for us because he is such a great player. Having him at the top of the lineup is key for us because he pushes everyone else down a spot."
The Golden Hurricane will stay home to play host to No. 73 Arkansas at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 inside Case Tennis Center.
Tennis Match Results Feb 12, 2012 at Tulsa, Okla. (Case Tennis Center)
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