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No. 22 Tulsa Men's Tennis Team To Host Minnesota, Baylor

Clifford Marsland
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Feb. 1, 2013

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The University of Tulsa men’s tennis team, ranked No. 22 in the nation, will play two home matches this weekend before hitting the road for five of its next six contests. TU will host Minnesota, ranked No. 37 in the nation, on Friday in a 6 p.m. tilt at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center, before hosting No. 14 Baylor on Sunday in a 1 p.m. match.

LAST TIME OUT:

The No. 24 Tulsa men’s tennis squad defeated No. 16 Illinois 4-2, at the Atkins Tennis Center to pick up its first win of the year on Saturday during a consolation match of National Indoors.

The Golden Hurricane (1-3) claimed the double point as junior Clifford Marsland and sophomore Alejandro Espejo defeated Alex Jesse and Farris Gosea, 8-4, at No. 1 doubles. Junior Japie De Klerk and freshman Carlos Bautista, playing No. 3 doubles, defeated Bruno Abdelnour and Jared Hilzik ,8-5. TU has won the doubles points in all four of its matches this year.

Tulsa extended its lead to 2-0 as Espejo earned his first win of the season in singles with a 6-2, 6-2, victory at No. 4 singles over Abdelnour.

Illinois tied the match at 2-2 after earning wins at the Nos. 6 and 1 flights, but TU held on gaining wins thanks to some of its experienced players. At No. 2 singles, Marsland took down Stephen Hoh, 6-4, 6-4 to give TU a 3-2 advantage, and senior Grant Ive sealed the TU victory with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win at No. 3 singles.

TREACHEROUS SLATE AWAITS GOLDEN HURRICANE:


 

 

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.

ON THE ROAD:

After Sunday’s match against Baylor, the Golden Hurricane will play five of its next six matches away from the Michael D. Case Tennis Center. TU will stay in state next weekend playing at Oklahoma before hosting TCU on Sunday, February 10. After the home tilt, TU will play at Arkansas, Texas A&M, Michigan and Oklahoma State before hosting SMU on March 10.

DOUBLE DIP:

The University of Tulsa 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. The men’s squad is ranked 22nd in the nation, while the women’s is ranked 23rd.

UP NEXT:

TU will take its talents to Norman, Okla, to take on the Oklahoma Sooners on Firday, Feb. 8 before hosting TCU on Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in a 1 p.m. tilt. 

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