TU Hands Rival Arkansas 6-1 Defeat
Feb. 17, 2012
The Golden Hurricane (5-5) took a hard-fought doubles point and won five of six singles matches over the Razorbacks (6-2). The win was the third in a row for TU overall and the sixth-straight over Arkansas.
"The score doesn't tell the whole story tonight. Arkansas is a team that's going to make a lot of noise once they get into SEC play," Tulsa Head Coach Vince Westbrook said. "That was a tough battle for us. Arkansas is a young, talented team that I fully expect to vault up the rankings and be in the NCAA Tournament at the end of the year."
Doubles began with a victory for Tulsa's new pair of junior Grant Ive and freshman Alejandro Sanchez. The duo won their first match together on the second court with an 8-4 triumph over Gregoire Lehmann and Nikolas Zogaj.
The other two courts were in tight matches, and the Golden Hurricane secured the doubles point after the No. 3-ranked team of senior Ashley Watling and junior Clifford Marsland were able to top Matt Walters and Hall Fess 9-8 (7-2) at the top of the lineup.
Tulsa struggled early on all six singles courts, but the home team was able to battle back against the feisty Razorbacks and start collecting victories.
The first point came on the second court, when No. 63-ranked Marsland topped Zogaj 7-5, 6-1.
De Klerk gave Tulsa a 3-0 lead after he dropped Lehmann 6-4, 6-3 at the first flight, and Ive secured the team victory for the home side after he disposed of Walters 6-7 (2-7), 6-1, 6-2 on court 3.
TU was able to add to its lead after wrapping up its third-straight win.
Gheorghe defeated Nott 7-5, 6-4 at the fifth position and Sanchez put Tulsa ahead 6-0 with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Fess at six singles.
Arkansas picked up its lone point of the match at No. 4 singles, when Mike Ward defeated Conference USA Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week Tristan Jackson 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 1-0 (10-4).
The Golden Hurricane will take a week off before playing host to No. 12 Pepperdine. This will be the seventh top-25 team to enter the Case Tennis Center this season.
Tennis Match Results Feb 17, 2012 at Tulsa, Okla. (Case Tennis Center)
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