No. 32 Men's Tennis Hosts Two Top-25 Teams This Weekend
Feb. 19, 2014
TULSA, Okla. - The University of Tulsa men's tennis team hosts two top-25 teams this weekend at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
No. 34 Golden Hurricane (8-5) faces No. 8 Texas A&M (8-3) on Friday at 6 p.m. and No. 25 Oklahoma State (9-0) on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Aggies has three singles players and two doubles teams nationally ranked. Harrison Adams is ranked No. 22, Jeremy Efferding is ranked No. 25, while Shane Vinsant is ranked No. 43. Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow are ranked at No. 3, while Efferding and Jordan Szabo are ranked No. 29.
The Cowboys have one singles player nationally ranked, Jakob Sude at No. 70, and one doubles team nationally ranked of Brady Bohrnstedt and Arjun Kadhe at No. 38.
The Golden Hurricane's head coach Vince Westbrook needs one victory to record his 350th career win at Tulsa as he has posted a 349-243, including a 193-81 home record.
Senior Clifford Marsland, who was named Conference USA Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week for the second consecutive week, leads the Hurricane with a 9-1 record at the No. 2 singles position and with a No. 74 singles rankings.
The Perth, Australia native has posted a 3-1 record against nationally ranked opponents and a 5-1 record against regionally ranked opponents this season.
Marsland has won three of the last four weekly awards this season and the Golden Hurricane has won all five weekly awards this season with senior Japie De Klerk won it on Jan. 21 and junior Alejandro Espejo won it on Feb. 4, followed by Marsland's three awards on Jan. 28, Feb. 11 and Feb. 18.
Marsland needs two wins to tie for eighth most singles wins in school history. He currently has 79 career singles wins and eighth place is being held by Gareth Williams, who recorded 81 career singles wins from 1996-99.
Espejo leads the Golden Hurricane with a seven-match winning streak and has gone 10-2 this season in team competition, including a 6-0 record at the No. 3 singles position and is followed by Marsland, who has won his last four matches.
The Golden Hurricane moved up two spots from No. 34 to No. 32 after the International Tennis Association released its poll on Feb. 18.
The Hurricane defeated No. 64 Arkansas, 4-3, and No. 50 Michigan State, 4-3, last weekend at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
After losing the doubles point to the Razorbacks, TU won the next four singles matches to clinch the match, the Arkansas won the final two matches to pull within one point.
Michigan State won the doubles point and at the No. 4 and No. 5 singles position before Tulsa got on the board with Marsland's 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 125 Aaron Pfister at the No. 2 singles position. No. 106 De Klerk pulled TU within one-point after a 6-4, 7-5 win at the No. 1 singles position and Daniel Santos' comeback victory tied the match at three.
Santos' lost the first set, 6-0, but won the second set 6-2 and trailed in the third set 5-2. Santos won the final five games to win the set and the match at the No. 6 singles position. Espejo finished the comeback with a 6-4, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5) win at the No. 3 singles position.
The Golden Hurricane has faced 11 of 13 opponents this season that are ranked and the final nine opponents are currently ranked by the ITA.
The Golden Hurricane starts a four-match roadstand next weekend against TCU in Fort Worth, Texas on Sunday, March 2 at 1 p.m.
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