No. 24 TU Men's Tennis Faces No. 12 Pepperdine Wednesday at Michael D. Case Tennis Center
Jan. 28, 2014
TULSA, Okla. - The University of Tulsa men's tennis team starts a three-match homestand, which includes two teams ranked in the top-15 of the International Tennis Association poll, starting with No. 12 Pepperdine (2-1) of the West Coast Conference at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
The Golden Hurricane faces No. 36 Washington (2-3) of the Pac-12 Conference on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and No. 6 Tennessee (6-0) of the Southeastern Conference at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Senior Clifford Marsland, who was named Conference USA Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week, leads the team with a 3-0 record this season.
Marsland went 2-0 at the No. 2 singles position and went 1-0 at the No. 1 doubles position in Norman, Okla., at the ITA Kick-off Weekend. He defeated No. 60 Andreas Bjerrehus of Virginia Tech, 6-3, 6-5, on Sunday, to record his 73rd career singles win, tying him for 10th most in school history. Marsland needs five singles wins to pass ninth place in school history.
The Perth, Australia native also defeated Konrad Zieba of Northwestern 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday in Norman, Okla., and paired up with sophomore Dylan McCloskey to defeated Virginia Tech's doubles team of No. 23 Bjerrehus and Amerigo Contini 6-3 to clinch the doubles point for the Golden Hurricane.
Marsland joins teammate Japie De Klerk as the only two players to win C-USA Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week this season.
The Golden Hurricane has won the last 12 matches at home. TU won the final eight home matches last season and is 4-0 at home this season, including six that were ranked.
No. 24 Golden Hurricane (4-2) has won five of six doubles point this season. The only match TU didn't win the doubles point was against No. 31 Northwestern in the first round of the International Tennis Association Kick-off Weekend.
Four of the Hurricane's last five matches were against ranked opponents, but the schedule doesn't get any easier as TU's 15 matches remaining on the schedule is against teams that are ranked in the ITA poll.
Pepperdine has two singles players ranked, No. 33 Alex Sarkissian and No. 58 David Sofaer, while Tennessee has two singles players ranked, No. 16 Hunter Reese and No. 34 Mikelis Libietis and have two doubles teams ranked, No. 1 Libietis and Reese and No. 28 Jarryd Chaplin and Bradon Fickey.
The Golden Hurricane travels to Minneapolis, Minn., to face host Minnesota on Friday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m., followed by Harvard on Sunday, Feb. 9 at noon.
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