NO. 42 MEN'S TENNIS WINS CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIP WITH A 4-0 WIN OVER TULANE
April 20, 2014
TULSA, Okla. - Freshman Or Ram-Harel's 7-6 (10), 6-3 win at the No. 5 singles position gave the No. 1 seed University of Tulsa men's tennis team a 4-0 win over No. 2 seed Tulane to win the Conference USA Championship at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on Sunday.
"It was a great match," TU head coach Vince Westbrook said. "The doubles started off pretty good in our favorite. I thought we played well. I thought No. 1 and No. 2 teams were cruising along pretty good and I was very impressed how our No. 3 team performed today. They were on a mission and they kept the pressure on. They gave us the start that we needed."
The Golden Hurricane captured its seventh C-USA Championships in nine seasons with the league. Tulsa has posted a 25-2 (.926) record in those nine seasons and has posted a 22-2 (.917) record as the No. 1 seed.
Tulsa went through the tournament without losing a point as the Golden Hurricane defeated No. 9 seed Southern Miss 4-0 on Friday and defeated No. 5 seed Rice 4-0 on Saturday before defeating the Green Wave 4-0 on Sunday.
The win gives No. 42 Golden Hurricane (15-12) an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. The selection show is scheduled for Tuesday, April 29 at 4 p.m.
"This conference has been very good to us and we are proud to represent the Conference USA at the NCAA's," Westbrook said. "When you win seven of these championships, it's a big deal for our program. A lot of good players have gone through here and we've graduated all of the players that have played on these championship teams. We are very proud of that."
For the third straight day, the Golden Hurricane won the doubles point after getting wins from sophomore Carlos Bautista and freshman Daniel Santos, 8-1 at the No. 3 position, and from senior Japie De Klerk and junior Alejandro Espejo, 8-4 at the No. 2 position. Tulsa has won the doubles point in five consecutive matches.
The Golden Hurricane extended its lead to 2-0 after No. 85 Clifford Marsland's 6-2, 6-0 win at the No. 2 singles position. The win was his 86th career singles win, which moves him into a tie for sixth most in school history.
The senior went 3-0 in the tournament at the No. 2 singles position and has won his last five singles matches. Marsland and sophomore Dylan McCloskey went 2-0 in the tournament at the No. 1 doubles position and have won their last six matches.
McCloskey's 6-2, 6-2 win at the No. 4 singles position gave Tulsa a 3-0 lead for his fourth consecutive singles win. Then Ram-Harel's win clinched the match for the Hurricane.
Ram-Harel went 2-0 in singles and won the clinching match on Saturday and Sunday to extend his singles winning streak to three. The Kiryat Tivon, Israel native won 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 5 singles position on Saturday against Rice to give Tulsa a 4-0 win.
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No. 42 Tulsa 4, No. 67 Tulane 0
1. #81 Japie De Klerk (TLS) vs. Dominik Koepfer (TLN) 6-3, 2-6, 4-1 unfinished
2. #85 Clifford Marsland (TLS) d. Sebastian Rey (TLN) 6-2, 6-0
3. Alejandro Espejo (TLS) vs. Jao Chi-Shan (TLN) 6-4, 3-6, 1-1 unfinished
4. Dylan McCloskey (TLS) d. Takuma Ohashi (TLN) 6-2, 6-2
5. Or Ram-Harel (TLS) d. Ian Van Cott (TLN) 7-6 (10), 6-3
6. Daniel Santos (TLS) vs. Alex Van Cott (TLN) 6-7 (2), 6-6 (1-2) unfinished
Order of Finish: 2, 4, 5
1. #27 Clifford Marsland/Dylan McCloskey (TLS) vs. #47 Dominik Koepfer/Jao Chi-Shan (TLN) 6-5 unfinished
2. Japie De Klerk/Alejandro Espejo (TLS) d. Sebastian Rey/Takuma Ohashi (TLN) 8-4
3. Carlos Bautista/Daniel Santos (TLS) d. Alex Van Cott/Ian Van Cott (TLN) 8-1
Order of Finish: 3, 2
Thursday, April 17
Match 1: (7) UAB 4, (10) UTSA 2
Match 2: (6) Charlotte 4, (11) Florida Atlantic 0
Match 3: (9) Southern Miss 4, (8) Old Dominion 3
Friday, April 18
Match 4: (2) Tulane 4, (7) UAB 1
Match 5: (3) East Carolina 4, (6) Charlotte 2
Match 6: (5) Rice 4, (4) Middle Tennessee 1
Match 7: (1) Tulsa 4, (9) Southern Miss 0
Saturday, April 19
Match 8: (2) Tulane 4, (3) East Carolina 0
Match 9: (1) Tulsa 4, (5) Rice 0
Sunday, April 20
Match 10: (1) Tulsa 4, (2) Tulane 0
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