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March 27, 2013


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Playing outside for the first time all season at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center, the No. 24 ranked Tulsa men's tennis squad swept Wichita State, 7-0, on Wednesday Night 

The Golden Hurricane (9-6) has a quick turnaround as it will host Rice on Friday in a 2 p.m. affair.

Tulsa battled during doubles competition, as it fell behind after Clifford Marsland and Alejandro Espejo fell on Court No. 1, 8-2, to Tin Ostojic and Matheus Pereira. The Hurricane rallied securing triumphs at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions to win the point. At No. 2 doubles, Grant Ive and Tristan Jackson earned an 8-6 win over Guillermo Nicol and Tomislav Gregurovic, and on Court No. 3, Japie De Klerk and Carlos Bautista snared an 8-6 victory against Alvaro Gutierrez and Ilija Curic.  

"My hat goes off to Wichita State, commented Head Coach Vince Westbrook. "I think they have one of the better teams they have had in the past few years. I felt like they came out and they were very aggressive in the doubles. They played strong at No. 1 doubles, but we came back at No. 2 and No. 3 to get the doubles point. I was happy with the way we battled."

The Hurricane jumped out quickly to a 3-0 lead in singles play, as No. 49 ranked Marsland defeated Pereira, 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1 singles. Jackson, playing on Court No. 6, snared a 6-2, 6-1 win over Gutierrez.

TU secured the triumph on Court No. 3, as Ive rallied to defeat Gregurovic, 1-6, 6-1, 6-1 to propel the Hurricane to a 4-0 advantage.

Bautista earned a 6-3, 7-5 win against Nicol at No. 5 singles, which also marked the freshman's fourth win in a row.

Espejo came back in his match at No. 4 singles to dispatch Ostojic 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. 

De Klerk tallied the final win for the Hurricane as the No. 35-ranked singles player in the country defeated Cuic, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2. The triumph marked De Klerk's eighth win in a row.

"You could see that Wichita State came out firing in singles play," Westbrook said. "In three of the matches we lost the first set, but I was happy that our guys battled back. That is the thing with our team, it may take four hours, but we aren't going give anything to anybody. We are known as fighters, and we fought. We played at about 70 percent of what we are capable of doing. It is the second half of the season, and we have two more matches this week, so by the time that our match against New Mexico rolls around (on Monday) we should be firing on all cylinders." 

After hosting No. 69 Rice on Friday in a 2 p.m. match, TU will conlude its three-match homestand on Monday, April 1, as No. 58 New Mexico comes into town for a 2 p.m. tilt. 

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Tennis Match Results

Wichita State vs Tulsa

Mar 27, 2013 at Tulsa, Okla.

(Michael D. Case Tennis Center)

#24 Tulsa 7, Wichita State 0

Singles competition 

1. #49 Clifford Marsland (TLS) def. Matheus Pereira (WSU) 6-4, 6-3

2. #35 Japie De Klerk (TLS) def. Ilija Cuic (WSU) 1-6, 6-4, 6-2

3. Grant Ive (TLS) def. Tomislav Gregurovic (WSU) 1-6, 6-1, 6-1

4. Alejandro Espejo (TLS) def. Tin Ostojic (WSU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1

5. Carlos Bautista (TLS) def. Guillermo Nicol (WSU) 6-3, 7-5

6. Tristan Jackson (TLS) def. Alvaro Gutierrez (WSU) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles competition 

1. Tin Ostojic/Matheus Pereira (WSU) def. Alejandro Espejo/Clifford Marsland (TLS) 8-2

2. Grant Ive/Tristan Jackson (TLS) def. Guillermo Nicol/Tomislav Gregurovic (WSU) 8-6

3. Japie De Klerk/Carlos Bautista (TLS) def. Alvaro Gutierrez/Ilija Cuic (WSU) 8-6

Match Notes: 10-5

Tulsa 9-6; National ranking #24

Official: Bob Holland  T-3:26  A-312 

Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,6,3,5,4,2)