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Jan. 18, 2013

The University of Tulsa men's tennis team kicks off the 2013 spring campaign with a pair of tough matches this weekend. The Golden Hurricane will begin its season on Friday, January 18, with a date against No. 25 Washington. First serve is set for 5 p.m. at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center. TU wraps up the weekend with a Sunday matinee against No. 23 Texas, with first serve scheduled for 1 p.m.


The Hurricane will be tested by one of the toughest schedules in the nation. TU faces a top-35 nation in each of its first seven matches of the season, and faces 14 ranked foes during the spring campaign. Tulsa will have two tough road tests against top-10 foes as it faces No. 8 Oklahoma on Feb. 8 and No. 3 UCLA on March 14.




The University of Tulsa will begin the 2012 spring campaign as the No. 17-ranked team in the nation, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings released January 3. Junior Japie De Klerk checked in at No. 34 in singles after advancing to the quarterfinals of the ITA All-American Championships. Sophomore Alejandro Espejo was ranked No. 69 in singles play to earn his first career national ranking. 


Junior Japie De Klerk advanced to the quarterfinals at the ITA All-American Championships at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center last October. De Klerk defeated three top-50 players en route to advancing to the quarterfinals. In the first round, he defeated No. 17 Bob van Overbeek of Florida, 6-4, 6-1. The second round saw a 6-4, 7-6(6) victory over No. 26 Gonzalez Austin of Vanderbilt. The Tulsa junior then went on to eliminate Texas' Soren Hess-Olesen 6-0, 6-2, who is ranked No. 42. In the quarterfinals, De Klerk went up against No. 10 KU Singh of Georgia and went three sets with the Bulldog before losing a 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(5) affair. 

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Washington (March 2, 2012)

The No. 33-ranked University of Tulsa men's tennis team jumped out to a 3-1 lead before succumbing to No. 24 Washington 4-3 Friday night inside Nordstrom Tennis Center.

The Golden Hurricane (6-7) started strong by winning the doubles point and taking two of the first three decisions in singles action, but the Huskies (9-2) mounted a huge comeback to avoid an upset on their home turf.

UW won the first doubles match on the third court with an 8-4 decision by Matt Stith and Marton Bots over sophomore Japie De Klerk and freshman Lucian Gheorghe.

TU evened doubles play following an 8-4 win on Court 2 from junior Grant Ive and freshman Alejandro Espejo over Jeff Hawke and Max Manthou.

The third-ranked duo in the nation of senior Ashley Watling and junior Clifford Marsland secured the opening point of the match following an 8-6 triumph over Kyle McMorrow and Emmett Egger at the top of the lineup.

Tulsa took a 2-0 advantage after No. 65 Watling defeated Bots at the third position 6-4, 6-2 to kickoff singles action.

Washington got on the board when Manthou topped junior Tristan Jackson 6-2, 6-3 from the fifth flight, but Ive rolled in straight sets over Viktor Farks 6-3, 6-1 at the fourth position.

The Golden Hurricane needed just one more point to defeat Washington, but TU trailed in all three matches still on court when Ive clinched his victory, and the road team was unable to get over the hump.

The Huskie comeback began on Court 2 when Egger upset No. 85 Marsland 7-6 (9-7), 6-4.

No. 12-ranked McMorrow topped No. 99 De Klerk 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1 at the top of the lineup to even the match at 3-3, and Nicholas Kamisar gave the home team the victory following a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 triumph over Espejo at the sixth position.

Texas (May 14, 2011)

The University of Tulsa men's tennis team avoided a comeback attempt by Texas, and the Golden Hurricane defeated the Longhorns 4-3 at Headington Family Tennis Center in the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship.

The match took longer than five hours to complete, as TU took the doubles point from the Longhorns thanks to victories by Ashley Watling/Clifford Marsland and Marcelo Arevalo and Japie De Klerk.

Tulsa took a 3-1 lead over Texas as Marsland and Arevalo picked up two critical victories in singles play, but the Longhorns came back to knot the match up at three apiece.

Grant Ive went three sets with Vlasko Mladenov before taking a 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-3 victory which punched the Hurricane's ticket to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.