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Westbrook Notches 300th Career Win In 4-0 Triumph Over OSU

Tulsa head coach Vince Westbrook won his 300th-career match Tuesday.
Tulsa head coach Vince Westbrook won his 300th-career match Tuesday.
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April 19, 2011

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STILLWATER, Okla. - The University of Tulsa men's tennis team defeated Oklahoma State 4-0 Tuesday afternoon at DeBois Tennis Center. The win was the 300th in the illustrious career of head coach Vince Westbrook.

Westbrook is in his 20th season at the helm of the TU men's tennis program, and he has spent every year as a collegiate coach as the leader of the Golden Hurricane.

Doubles competition has been a bothersome area of sort for TU (16-7) in recent matches, but the road team appeared to turn a corner in a strong effort against the Cowboys (5-13).



Tulsa's No. 3 pair of sophomores Grant Ive and Tristan Jackson saw their first action together and responded with an 8-4 win over Vlad Bondarenko and Tomas Patino.

The doubles point went in favor of the blue and gold after the No. 26-ranked duo of junior Ashley Watling and sophomore Clifford Marsland defeated No. 24 Aleksey Bessonov and Rifat Biktyakov 8-3 at the top of the lineup.

The No. 2 pair of sophomore Marcelo Arevalo and Japie De Klerk held three match points and led 7-6 overall and 40-0 in the final game, but the match was halted after Tulsa secured the doubles point. TU's No. 2 team was nearing victory over No. 77 Maniel Bains and Eric West.

TU kept its momentum right through singles play, and Watling and Marsland gave the road side a quick 3-0 advantage after picking up identical 6-1, 6-3 victories at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.

No. 77-ranked Watling defeated Bondarenko, and No. 110-ranked Marsland took down Bessonov.

Jackson and Arevalo were both in a race to see who could finish the sweep, and it was Arevalo who sealed the team victory for the Golden Hurricane.

Arevalo, ranked No. 30 in the nation, defeated No. 112-ranked Bains 6-1, 6-3. Jackson held match point over West at No. 6 singles (6-4, 5-4), but his match was stopped after TU won the overall competition.

Other matches that went unfinished were at No. 2 between No. 69 De Klerk and Biktyakov (Biktyakov led 6-2, 6-6 (2-3)), and at No. 5 between Ive and Martinoski (Martinoski led 6-3, 1-5).

The Golden Hurricane will return home this weekend as hosts of the Conference USA Men's Tennis Championship. All matches will be played at Case Tennis Center. Tulsa is the No. 1 overall seed and will face either No. 8 East Carolina or No. 9 Southern Miss at 11 a.m. April 22.

Tennis Match Results
Apr 19, 2011 at Stillwater, Okla.
(DeBois Tennis Center)

#36 Tulsa 4, Oklahoma State 0

Singles competition
1. #30 Marcelo Arevalo (TLS) def. #112 Maniel Bains (OSU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Rifat Biktyakov (OSU) vs. #69 Japie De Klerk (TLS) 6-2, 6-6 (2-3), unfinished
3. #77 Ashley Watling (TLS) def. Vlad Bondarenko (OSU) 6-1, 6-3
4. #110 Clifford Marsland (TLS) def. Aleksey Bessonov (OSU) 6-1, 6-3
5. Ilija Martinoski (OSU) vs. Grant Ive (TLS) 6-3, 1-5, unfinished
6. Eric West (OSU) vs. Tristan Jackson (TLS) 4-6, 4-5, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. #26 Clifford Marsland/Ashley Watling (TLS) def. #24 Aleksey Bessonov/Rifat Biktyakov (OSU) 8-3
2. #77 Maniel Bains/Eric West (OSU) vs. Marcelo Arevalo/Japie De Klerk (TLS) 6-7, unfinished
3. Grant Ive/Tristan Jackson (TLS) def. Vlad Bondarenko/Tomas Patino (OSU) 8-4

Match Notes:
Tulsa 16-7; National ranking #36
Oklahoma State 5-13
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,3,1)