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TU Men's Tennis Plays in ITA Kick-off Weekend in Norman This Weekend

Men's Tennis travels to Norman, Okla., this weekend to play in the ITA Kick-off Weekend
Men's Tennis travels to Norman, Okla., this weekend to play in the ITA Kick-off Weekend
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Jan. 23, 2014

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TULSA, Okla. - The University of Tulsa men's tennis team travels to Norman, Okla., this weekend for the International Tennis Association Kick-off Weekend.

No. 24 Golden Hurricane (4-0) faces No. 31 Northwestern (3-0) on Saturday at 2 p.m. and either host No. 9 Oklahoma (1-0) or No. 37 Virginia Tech (2-0). The winner of the four teams advances to the ITA National Indoor Championships from Feb. 14-17 in Houston, Texas.

The Hurricane moved up a spot in the ITA poll to No. 24 after going 4-0 last weekend, including two wins over ranked opponents, No. 61 Wichita State, 4-0, and No. 30 Drake, 4-1.

Senior Japie De Klerk was named the Conference USA Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week on Monday after going 3-0 at the No. 1 singles position and going 3-0 at the No. 2 doubles position with junior Alejandro Espejo. This is De Klerk's fifth weekly award of his career.

Along with De Klerk, Espejo and sophomore Dylan McCloskey went 3-0 over the weekend in singles, while freshman Daniel Santos went 2-0.

Over the four matches last weekend, the Golden Hurricane posted a 17-2 (.895) record in singles and an 8-1 (.889) record in doubles, including a Clifford Marsland/McCloskey's upset 6-1 win over No. 8 Drake doubles team of Robin Goodman/Ravi Patel.

After defeating two ranked opponents of the four opponents that the Hurricane faced last weekend, the Golden Hurricane's schedule does not get any easier as the rest of the 17 opponents scheduled this season is currently ranked in the ITA poll, including four teams in the top-10.

Marsland, who has 71 career singles wins, needs two wins to tie 10th for the most singles wins in school history. The senior has posted 20-plus wins in each of his three seasons at TU.

The Golden Hurricane returns home with a match against Pepperdine on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

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