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Jan. 24, 2013

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The University of Tulsa men’s tennis team will take its talents to Champaign, Ill. to compete in the first and second rounds of the National Team Indoor Championships. In the first round, the Golden Hurricane will face North Carolina on Friday in a 2 p.m. tilt at the Atkins Tennis Center. If TU wins, it will face the winner of Tennessee/Illinois on Saturday in the site’s championship match. The victor of that match will punch its ticket to compete at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship. 

TREACHEROUS SLATE AWAITS GOLDEN HURRICANE


 

 

The Hurricane will be tested by one of the toughest schedules in the nation. TU faces a top-35 team 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.

ABOUT THIS WEEKEND

This weekend marks the first and second rounds of the National Team Indoor Championship, as 60 teams vie for 15 coveted spots in the championship. The championship will be held February 15-18 in Seattle. There will be live scoring of the matches this weekend via Illinois’s website (Fightingillini.com).

DOUBLE DIP

TU is one of 16 schools in the country to have both men’s and women’s tennis programs ranked in the top-25 in the ITA Team Rankings. Both the men’s and women’s squads are currently ranked 24th in the country.

LAST TIME OUT

Washington (January 18, 2013)

In a top-25 showdown, the Tulsa men’s tennis squad fell to Washington 4-3 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on Friday, January 18.

The Golden Hurricane jumped out to a 1-0 lead after securing the doubles point, and led 2-0, but Washington tallied four of the next five points to take the match.

The No. 1 tandem of senior Clifford Marsland and sophomore Alejandro Espejo won the first doubles match with an 8-3 triumph over Marton Bots and Kyle McMorrow.

The veteran duo of seniors Tristan Jackson and Grant Ive secured the doubles point for TU with an 8-3 win over Emmett Egger and Matt Manthou at the No. 2 spot. At No. 3, junior Japie De Klerk and freshman Carlos Bautista had a 6-3 lead over Jeff Hawke and Viktor Farkas in a match that was left unfinished.

At No. 2, Marsland dispatched Egger 6-2, 6-2, to give TU a 2-0 lead.

After losses by De Klerk and Espejo at No. 1 and No. 3, respectively, Bautista, playing at the No. 5 slot, defeated Nicholas Kamisar 6-3, 7-5, to give the Hurricane a 3-2 advantage.

Once Jackson dropped a 2-6, 6-3, 1-6 decision to Hawke, all eyes turned on court No. 4 as Ive and Manthou were in the midst of the third set. Manthou took the first frame 6-2, while Ive took the second 3-6. Ive took a 5-3 lead in third frame, but Manthou took three of the next four points to send it into the tiebreaker, which he ultimately won 11-9 to give the Huskies the win.

Texas (January 20, 2013)

The No. 17 ranked Tulsa men’s tennis team dropped a heartbreaking 4-3 decision to No. 23 ranked Texas on Sunday, January 20 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

The Golden Hurricane won the doubles point for the second straight match, this time in comeback fashion. After losing at No. 2 doubles, freshman Carlos Bautista and junior Japie De Klerk defeated Alex Hilliard and Sudawa Sitaram 8-5 to knot the match at one apiece. Junior Clifford Marsland and sophomore Alejandro Espejo secured the doubles point with a come-from-behind 8-6 triumph over Chris Camillone and Nick Naumann.

After De Klerk lost to Soren Hess Oleson at No. 1 singles, Tristan Jackson gave TU a 2-1 lead with a 7-5, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles against Andrew Korinek.

Bautista fought hard in his tilt at No. 5 singles, but ultimately fell to No. 98 ranked Nick Naumann 7-5, 6-1, which tied the match at two.

Marsland regained the lead for TU with a 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 win at No. 2 singles over Sudanwa Sitaram. Marsland was a perfect 2-0 in singles on the weekend and won both of his doubles matches.

Ive fell to Lloyd Glasspool 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) which tied the match at three, and all eyes turned to Court No. 3 where Espejo and No. 43 ranked Daniel Whitehead. Espejo took the first set 6-4, but Whitehead came back to ultimately win the match 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 to give Texas its only lead of the match and the victory.