No. 32 TU Men's Tennis Travels to Texas to Face No. 48 TCU Sunday
Feb. 28, 2014
TULSA, Okla. - The University of Tulsa starts its four-match roadstand traveling to Fort Worth, Texas to face TCU on Sunday at 1 p.m.
No. 32 Golden Hurricane (9-6) has three singles athletes ranked led by senior Clifford Marsland at No. 89, junior Alejandro Espejo at No. 90, after being unranked, and senior Japie De Klerk at No. 97, after being ranked No. 106 and a doubles team of Marsland and sophomore Dylan McCloskey at No. 24.
The last time the Golden Hurricane had three singles athletes ranked in the top-100 was on April 10, 2012 when Ashley Watling was ranked No. 83, De Klerk was ranked at No. 92 and Marsland was ranked at No. 93 after the International Tennis Association released its poll on Feb. 25.
The Horned Frogs (6-2) has two singles athletes ranked led by No. 51 Nick Chappell and No. 93 Facundo Lugones and a doubles team ranked of No. 18 Chappell and Will Stein.
The Golden Hurricane has posted an 11-9 record over the Horned Frogs under head coach Vince Westbrook.
Westbrook recorded his 350th career win at Tulsa as TU defeated undefeated No. 25 Oklahoma State 4-3 on Sunday. The Golden Hurricane won all three doubles matches, but OSU took a 2-1 lead after winning at the No. 4 and No. 5 singles position. No. 106 De Klerk won 6-4, 6-3 over No. 70 Jakob Sude at the No. 1 singles position to tie the match at one and No. 74 Clifford Marsland's win at the No. 2 singles position gave TU a 3-2 lead and Espejo's win at the No. 3 singles position gave TU the win.
Marsland needs one singles win to tie eighth most singles wins in school history as he has recorded 80 wins. Gareth Williams holds eighth place as he recorded 81 wins from 1996-99.
Espejo, who was named Conference USA Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week on Tuesday, has posted a 12-2 record in team competition this season, including a perfect 8-0 record at the No. 3 singles position and has won his last nine matches.
After the TCU match, five of the six remaining matches for the Golden Hurricane are against the top-10 in the ITA poll released on Feb. 25. TU faces No. 1 Ohio State on April 11, No. 3 Oklahoma on April 6, No. 5 Texas on March 23, No. 8 Baylor on March 21 and No. 9 California on March 16. The lone non-top-10 opponent for Tulsa is No. 45 South Florida on April 4. The Golden Hurricane takes a weekend off before traveling to Indian Wells, Calif., to face California on Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m.
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