No. 30 TU Men's Tennis Hosts No. 6 Tennessee and No. 42 Washington This Weekend
Jan. 30, 2014
TULSA, Okla. - After the University of Tulsa men's tennis team's comeback bid fell short to No. 16 Pepperdine on Wednesday night, the Golden Hurricane finishes its three-match homestand this weekend against Washington and Tennessee at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
No. 30 Golden Hurricane (4-3) faces No. 42 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.
Tennessee has two singles players ranked, No. 16 Hunter Reese and No. 34 Mikelis Libietis, and has two doubles teams ranked, No. 1 Libietis and Reese and No. 28 Jarryd Chaplin and Bradon Fickey.
The Golden Hurricane is coming off a tough comeback loss to No. 16 Pepperdine. After losing the doubles point and at the No. 3 singles position, Alejandro Espejo and Clifford Marsland won their match to tie the match at two. The Waves retook the lead winning at the No. 1 singles position, but Dylan McCloskey's win at the No. 6 singles position tied the score at three.
Juan Carvajal, playing at the No. 5 singles, lost the first set 6-3, but won the second set 6-4 and tied the third set at five to force a tie-breaker point. Carvajal lost the point 11-9 and the set 6-5 to give Pepperdine a 4-3 win.
The lost snapped the Golden Hurricane's 12-match winning streak and is 4-1 at home this season.
Senior Clifford Marsland, who was named Conference USA Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week, leads the team with a 4-0 record this season, including defeating No. 60 Andreas Bjerrehus and No. 58 David Sofaer in his last two singles matches.
Marsland and Dylan McCloskey has paired up to go 4-1 in doubles play, including wins over two ranked opponents of No. 8 Robin Goodman/Ravi Patel of Drake and No. 23 Bjerrehus/Amerigo Contini of Virginia Tech.
Marsland joins teammate Japie De Klerk as the only two players to win C-USA Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week this season.
No. 24 Golden Hurricane (4-2) has won five of seven doubles point this season as TU lost the doubles point against No. 16 Pepperdine and No. 31 Northwestern.
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.
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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