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Men's Tennis Finish Play At HEB Invitaitonal

Japie De Klerk teamed up with Alejandro Espejo to advance to the semifinals in doubles play at the HEB Invitational
Japie De Klerk teamed up with Alejandro Espejo to advance to the semifinals in doubles play at the HEB Invitational
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Sept. 22, 2012

WACO, Texas - The Tulsa men's tennis team wrapped up competition at the HEB Invitational on Saturday, September 22 at the Hurd Tennis Center.

Headlining action for the Golden Hurricane was the play of Japie De Klerk and Alejandro Espejo. The duo defeated the tournament's No. 1 seed doubles team John Collins and Hunter Reese of Tennessee, 8-4 in the quarterfinals before falling in the semifinals. Marko Krickovic and Robert Verzaal of Baylor, the No. 3 seeded duo, defeated the Tulsa tandem 9-7. 

"Japie and Alejandro played very well considering it was the first time they have played together," commented assistant coach Thomas Liversage. "They beat some really good double teams, and they are heading in the right direction."

Espejo advanced to the quarterfinals in singles play after defeating Andreas Bjerrhus of Virginia Tech, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. In the quarterfinals, Espejo lost to the tournament's No. 4 seed Julian Lenz 7-5, 6-2.

"We believe that this weekend was very beneficial for us," Liversage said. "We played some tough competition this weekend which will make us stronger down the road."

After two trips to Texas, the team will remain at home during its next competition as TU will take part in the ITA Men's All-American Championships held at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center held at the University of Tulsa. 

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Tennis Match Results

September 22 at Waco, Texas

(Hurd Tennis Center)

Singles Main Draw

Third Round

Alejandro Espejo (Tulsa) def. Andreas Bjerrhus (Virginia Tech) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

Marko Krickovic (Baylor) def Japie De Klerk (Tulsa) 7-5,7-6 (0)


Julian Lenz (Baylor) def. Espejo (Tulsa) 7-5, 6-2

Singles Consolation Round

Second Round

Matt Kirby (Tulsa) received Bye

Third Round

Yauheni Yakauleu (UTA) def. Kirby (Tulsa) 6-1, 6-2 

Doubles Main Draw


De Klerk/Espejo (Tulsa) def. John Collins/Hunter Reese (Tenn.) 8-4


Marko Krickovic/Robert Verzaal (Baylor) def. De Klerk/Espejo (Tulsa) 9-7