Feb. 21, 2001
Tulsa Begins Season With Back-to-Back Upsets:
The University of Tulsa men's tennis team began the season with a 4-0 mark, including a two-match sweep of two of the West Coast's top teams. The Hurricane pulled off a 5-2 upset victory over 35th-ranked San Diego State and upended 21st-ranked Washington, 4-3. Tulsa won its season openers against crosstown rival Oral Roberts, 6-1, and Texas-San Antonio, 5-2.
This Week, TU Battles North Carolina, VCU:
The Golden Hurricane travels to the East Coast to face 26th-ranked North Carolina (1-0) and 11th-ranked Virginia Commonwealth (7-1).
On Saturday, February 24, TU faces North Carolina at 1:00 p.m. in Chapel Hill at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center on the UNC campus.
A day later on Sunday, February 25, the Golden Hurricane takes on #11 VCU at 11:00 a.m. in Richmond, Va., at the Thalhimer Tennis Center.
Tulsa and North Carolina did not meet in 1999-2000, but the Hurricane and Rams squared off in Tulsa a year ago. In that match, VCU, then ranked 10th nationally, down the then 61st-ranked Hurricane, 6-1.
TU Earns Split With Ivy League Schools:
The Tulsa men's tennis team earned a split against Ivy League members Harvard and Dartmouth in a doubleheader on Feb. 10 on the campus of Harvard University. The 52nd-ranked Crimson upset the 29th-ranked Golden Hurricane in the first match, but Tulsa rebounded in the evening contest with a 6-1 victory against Dartmouth.
McGregor Receives WAC Player of the Week Honors:
Junior Dane McGregor (Port Elizabeth, South Africa) was named the Western Athletic Conference men's tennis Player of the Week for matches played during Feb. 5-11. McGregor was 3-0 at the No. 2 singles position and won his only doubles match at the top position. He began the week with an upset of 21st-ranked Henrik Tofft of Arkansas, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. He then won matches over Harvard's Cliff Nguyen (7-6, 0-6, 7-5) and Neal Bobba of Dartmouth (6-4, 6-4). In doubles, he teamed up with classmate Shri Sudhakara (Bangalore, India) to defeat Harvard's Nguyen and Lee, 8-5. McGregor is now 7-0 in dual matches on the season.
Westbrook Becomes TU Winningest Tennis Coach:
Tulsa Head Coach Vince Westbrook became the all-time winningest tennis coach at The University of Tulsa with the Hurricane's 5-2 win over Texas-San Antonio at home on Jan. 27. In his 10th season, Westbrook, who has a career mark of 124-103, surpassed former TU Head Coach Don Zimmerman's record of 120 set between 1970 and 1977.
The then 29th-ranked Tulsa Golden Hurricane men's tennis team suffered its first loss of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 7, as the 58th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks pulled off a 4-1 upset over the Hurricane at the Southern Hills Tennis Club.
Three newcomers join the Hurricane for the 2000-2001 campaign, including sophomore Robbie Merrick (Tulsa, Okla.) and freshmen Ryan Moore (Tulsa, Okla.) and Alejandro Tejerina (Mar del Plata, Argentina).
Senior Micah Zomer (Tulsa, Okla.) leads Tulsa in singles victories this season with a 15-4 record. Zomer is 5-1 in dual matches at the fifth position in the singles lineup.