TU Wins First Outdoor Match 6-1 Over Shockers
March 1, 2011
TULSA, Okla. - The University of Tulsa men's tennis team defeated Wichita State University 6-1 Tuesday afternoon in the first outdoor match of the season at Case Tennis Center.
The No. 27-ranked Golden Hurricane (9-3) picked up its sixth-straight victory with its triumph over the Shockers (4-3). Tulsa moved to 7-2 at home and 6-0 against unranked opponents.
TU kicked off competition by claiming the doubles point with wins at the top and bottom of the order. Junior Ashley Watling and sophomore Clifford Marsland, the No. 22-ranked duo in the NCAA, took down Vlad Marinescu and Valentin Mihai 8-2, and junior Rusty Turpin and freshman Japie De Klerk won a tough battle against Adrian Chermaci and Guillermo Nicol, 8-6.
Sophomores Grant Ive and Alastair Barnes fell 9-8 (7-4) to Matheus de Paula Pereria and David Cavalcanti from No. 2 doubles.
Marsland and Watling took care of business early in singles action to give Tulsa the 3-0 lead. No. 97 Marsland defeated Pereria 6-3, 6-1 from No. 2 singles to push his current win streak to seven matches, and No. 117 Watling dropped Marinescu 6-0, 6-4 from the first position.
Ive gave Tulsa the team victory with a 6-1, 6-4 triumph over Mihai from Court 4.
Sophomore Tristan Jackson competed from the sixth position and put together a 6-2, 6-2 win over Chermaci.
The left just Barnes, De Klerk and De Klerk's undefeated streak on court. The rookie sensation entered the match 10-0 in singles action and it took everything he had to keep that zero in the loss column.
He gutted out a 6-4 first-set victory before dropping the second set 3-6 to Cavalcanti.
The match went to a 10-point super tiebreak, and Cavalcanti grabbed the early momentum by opening up a 7-4 advantage.
De Klerk regained his composure and constructed a calculated comeback. He won four-straight points to push ahead 8-7 and, after the two players exchanged the next four points, took down the fearless Cavalcanti 11-9 on his second match point.
De Klerk is currently ranked No. 117 in singles, and he and sophomore Marcelo Arevalo recently earned a No. 39 doubles rank with their 7-0 record. De Klerk was also named the C-USA Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week for the second time this season.
TU's lone loss on the afternoon came from Barnes, who was narrowly defeated by Nicol in a three-set thriller from the fifth position, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.
Tulsa is set to begin a treacherous five-match road stretch, starting with a trip to Dallas. TU will face No. 64 SMU at 2 p.m. March 3. Other ranked opponents on the road trip will include No. 19 Texas Tech (March 5) and No. 8 Michigan (March 11).
Tennis Match Results Mar 01, 2011 at Tulsa, Okla. (Case Tennis Center)
#27 Tulsa 6, Wichita State 1
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