Tulsa Moves Into Semis With 4-0 Win Over ECU
April 22, 2011
TULSA, Okla. - The top-seeded University of Tulsa men's tennis team swept No. 8-seeded East Carolina 4-0 Friday afternoon to move into the semifinals of the 2011 Conference USA Men's Tennis Championship at Case Tennis Center.
Tulsa (17-7) will face fifth-seeded Memphis after the Tigers upset No. 4 UCF 4-1 in the first quarterfinal of the day.
The No. 36-ranked Golden Hurricane battled the windy conditions well and quickly won the doubles point. TU took three singles matches in straight sets to halt play and wrap up the team victory over the Pirates (13-11).
The No. 26-ranked pair of junior Ashley Watling and sophomore Clifford Marsland defeated Jaroslav Horvath and Joran Vliegen 8-3 at the top of the lineup, and TU picked up the doubles point after sophomore Marcelo Arevalo and freshman Japie De Klerk topped Henrik Skalmerud and Stian Tvedt 8-5 at the second position.
The sophomore duo of Grant Ive and Tristan Jackson were up 6-5 over John Schmitt and Massimo Mannino at the bottom spot before doubles play was stopped.
During tournament play, once the doubles point is won than any matches that are still in progress are stopped in order to save time.
Tulsa took a 3-0 lead after Jackson and sophomore Alastair Barnes picked up swift victories at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively.
Barnes was the first off the court with a 6-1, 6-3 triumph over Mario Martinez, and Jackson defeated Tvedt 6-2, 6-4.
Despite missing out on three previous match points, No. 77-ranked Watling was able to clinch the team victory with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Mannino at the third position.
No. 29-ranked Arevalo was leading Horvath 6-3, 5-5. No. 71-ranked De Klerk was trailing Vliegen 6-4, 3-1, and Ive was ahead of Schmitt 6-1, 5-6
The Golden Hurricane will meet Memphis in the first semifinal at noon April 23 at Case Tennis Center in an attempt to reach its sixth-straight championship match. The semifinal matchup will be moved indoors if inclement weather is in the area, but play will begin at noon regardless of conditions.
Tennis Match Results
#36 Tulsa 4, East Carolina 0
SCHEDULE OF MATCHES
Friday, April 22
Saturday, April 23
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