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De Klerk, Marsland March On To Round Of 32 At NCAA Men's Tennis Championship

Japie De Klerk

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May 22, 2013

URBANA, Ill. -

Juniors Japie De Klerk and Clifford Marlsand won their first round matches to move onto the Round of 32 at the 2013 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship at the Atkins Tennis Center hosted by the University of Illinois on Wednesday.

After dropping the initial set in his showdown with Valente, 6-1, De Klerk earned a come-from-behind 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 triumph. After De Klerk surged out to a 5-2 advantage in the second frame, Valente took four of the next five games to knot the match at 6. In the second-set tiebreaker, De Klerk jumped out to an early lead and never looked back en route to winning the breaker 7-3. De Klerk finished the match with a 6-3 third-set triumph to advance to the next round. 

 “I was a bit tight to start off the match,” De Klerk stated. “When I figured out my opponent, I started to hit my groove and played a solid third set.”

Marsland defeated the seeded Scholtz in a 6-4, 6-3, match that featured an hour-long rain delay in the middle of the contest’s first game.

“I’m excited to get through the first round and start off tournament on a positive note,” Marsland commented. “I’m happy with my preparation for this tournament and I’m just taking it one match at a time, trying to play my style of tennis.”

De Klerk will face No. 49-ranked Jarryd Botha of Alabama, who upset No. 7-ranked Emilo Gomez of USC 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5. Marsland will match up against No. 37 Soren Hess-Olessen of Texas tomorrow.

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2013 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Singles Championships

May 22, 2013 at Urbana, Ill.

(Atkins Tennis Center)

No. 42 Japie De Klerk (Tulsa) def. No. 63 Victor Valente (Georgia State) 1-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3

No. 56 Clifford Marsland (Tulsa) def. No. 14 Nik Scholtz (Mississippi) 6-4, 6-3

2013 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Singles Championships

May 23, 2013 at Urbana, Ill.

(Atkins Tennis Center)

No. 42 Japie De Klerk (Tulsa) vs. No. 49 Jarryd Botha (Alabama), TBA

No. 56 Clifford Marsland (Tulsa) vs. No. 37 Soren Hess-Olessen (Texas) TBA