Tulsa Beats UAB, 6-1
Feb. 18, 2011
TULSA, Okla. - The No. 38-ranked University of Tulsa men's tennis team upped its season-long win streak to three matches with a 6-1 conquest of UAB in Conference USA action Friday night inside Case Tennis Center.
The Golden Hurricane (6-3, 2-0 C-USA) dazzled the crowd by winning all three doubles matches by identical 8-5 scores and TU also picked up five of the six singles matches in a comfortable victory over the Blazers (1-3, 0-1 C-USA).
After being recently named a top 20 team for the first time in their brief history together, the No. 19-ranked doubles tandem of junior Ashley Watling and sophomore Clifford Marsland defeated David Zimmerman and Tom Puetz 8-5. They are now 4-3 during the spring and snapped a short-lived two-match losing streak.
The sophomore duo of Grant Ive and Alastair Barnes recently found themselves at No. 53 in the country, their first-ever national rank, and they proved why they are one of the nation's elite in an 8-5 win over Danny Manlow and Daniel Moser. They are now 6-3 during the spring.
Turpin has really embraced his role this year as a utility doubles player for Tulsa. He moved to 4-1 overall during the spring campaign, while pairing with three different teammates. He has also won his last three doubles matches, all coming with different partners.
De Klerk just continues to win matches, as he also took care of business at No. 6 singles. He moved to 15-1 overall and 8-0 in singles after he handled Helliar 6-2, 7-5, in one of the most intense matches of the evening. The rookie member of the Golden Hurricane was recently named the No. 117-ranked player in the NCAA after the perfect start to his career.
Ive celebrated his birthday with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win over Puetz at No. 6 singles, and Marsland clinched the match for the home side with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Dirube from the third position.
Marsland, the No. 114-ranked player in the nation, came out of the gates flat but settled down, found his rhythm and rolled in the final two sets.
No. 40 Arevalo and No. 94 Watling put two more victories on the board with straight-set wins over Zimmerman and Manlow, respectively.
The lone point for UAB came down to the wire as Moser was able to squeak by sophomore Tristan Jackson 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8) from the fifth slot.
Tulsa will take its three-match win streak to Fayetteville, Ark., for a 1 p.m. tilt Feb. 20 with the University of Arkansas. The Razorbacks (3-1) are currently ranked No. 59 in the nation.
Tennis Match Results
#38 Tulsa 6, UAB 1
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