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Feb. 22, 2013


The No. 17-ranked Tulsa men’s tennis team, winners of five of its last six matches, will travel south to College Station to face No. 14 Texas A&M on Friday in a 5 p.m. clash at the George P. Mitchell Center.

About The Match: Live scoring and live video of the match will be found at this link here: http://www.aggieathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27300&ATCLID=205386297.



The Series: Tulsa is 3-13 all time against Texas A&M, but defeated the Aggies last year 6-1.

Tough Stretch: The Golden Hurricane has faced a ranked opponent in each of its nine matches this season, including six matches against opponents ranked in the top-25.  

Last Time Out: After dropping the doubles point to No. 51 Arkansas, the No. 17-ranked Tulsa men’s tennis team roared back to defeat the Razorbacks 6-1 at the Dills Indoor Tennis Facility on Friday, February 15.

The Golden Hurricane improved its record to 5-4 on the season, while the Razorbacks fell to 8-3.

Tulsa lost the doubles point as UA’s Hall Fess and Santiago Munoz defeated sophomore Alejandro Espejo and freshman Matt Kirby 8-5 at No. 3 doubles. Arkansas clinched the point at No. 1 doubles as Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott defeated Tristan Jackson and Grant Ive, 8-7.

The Hurricane stormed back as TU won the first set in every singles tilt. Tulsa evened the score at one apiece as Ive, playing at No. 4 singles, defeated Munoz, 6-3, 6-2.

Freshman Carlos Bautista gave TU a 2-1 lead it would never relinquish after dispatching Jovan Parlic 6-1, 6-4 at No. 6 singles. Espejo, playing No. 3 singles, defeated Mike Ward 6-4, 6-4 to propel the Hurricane to a 3-1 advantage.

Clinching the match for TU was No. 101 Clifford Marsland, who defeated Gregorie Lehmann 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. Junior Japie De Klerk, who checked in at No. 54 in this week’s ITA rankings, defeated Jeske at No. 2 singles 7-5, 6-2.

Last Time Against The Aggies (February 12, 2012): The No. 23-ranked University of Tulsa men's tennis team upset No. 11 Texas A&M 6-1 at Case Tennis Center.

Tulsa began strong by winning the doubles point, which was started by Ashley Watling and Clifford Marsland defeating Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow 8-2 at the top of the lineup.

Watling and Marsland comprise the third-ranked pair in the nation, and they are now on a six-match win streak.

The home team took the first point of the match after Japie De Klerk and Lucian Gheorghe defeated Alexis Klegou and Jordan Szabo 8-5 from the third position.

 Grant Ive and Tristan Jackson, ranked No. 37 in the nation, fell behind 7-1 to Colin Hoover and John Lewis. The Tulsa tandem fought all the way back and forced a tiebreak, which was eventually won by the Aggie pair 8-7 (7-3).

The Golden Hurricane quickly jumped ahead 3-0 after No. 88 Ive defeated Lewis 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4 singles, and Alejandro Sanchez toppled Niall Angus 6-3, 6-3 from the sixth court.

The clinching victory came at No. 2 singles, where No. 83-ranked Watling disposed of Hoover 6-1, 6-4. Sanchez and Watling are both on five-match win streaks.

With the team victory in tow, the home team added two more points to the win by capturing the third and fifth courts.

Jackson posted one of the biggest wins of his career, as he defeated No. 73 Jeremy Efferding 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 on the fifth court. The win was Jackson's second-career triumph over a ranked opponent and the first this year.

Marsland topped No. 104-ranked Ore 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 from No. 3 singles. Marsland picked up his second win over a ranked opponent this spring.

De Klerk was unable to make it a clean sweep as he fell 6-4, 6-3 to No. 19 Klegou at the top of the lineup.