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Tulsa Men's Tennis Team Moves Up to No. 18 in the Nation

Senior Arnau Brugues is ranked No. 3 in the latest Campbell/ITA National Men's Singles Rankings.
Senior Arnau Brugues is ranked No. 3 in the latest Campbell/ITA National Men's Singles Rankings.
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March 3, 2009

Tulsa, Okla. - The University of Tulsa men's tennis team moved up two spots to No. 18 in the latest Campbell/ITA National Men's Team poll released today by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The Golden Hurricane defeated then 34th-ranked Vanderbilt, 5-2, last Sunday to improve to 11-5 on the season.

Senior Arnau Brugues dropped two spots to No. 3 in the national men's singles poll despite defeating a pair of nationally-ranked opponents over the past two weeks. Brugues defeated then 68th-ranked Emanuel Brighiu of TCU and then 103rd-ranked Bryant Salcedo of Vanderbilt. On the season, Brugues owns a 28-3 singles record, including a 16-3 mark against nationally-ranked opponents.

Tulsa's top doubles team of junior Philip Stephens and Arnau Brugues moved up two spots to No. 3 in the country. Brugues and Stephens are 14-5 this season, with a 10-4 record against nationally-ranked opposition.

Stephens also makes two more appearances on the national doubles list with sophomore Victor Kolik at No. 56 and senior Ross Cunningham at No. 73.

Stephens and Kolik have not played together since the fall season at the Baylor Intercollegiate on Sept. 28, 2008. The duo went 2-1 and defeated Texas Tech's Raony Carvalho and Christian Rojmar, who are currently ranked 10th in the nation.

Cunningham and Stephens have played together the past two duel matches going 2-0, which includes an 8-5 win against then 25th-ranked Adam Baker and Alex Zotov of Vanderbilt.

No. 18 Tulsa is back on the court against 63rd-ranked San Diego at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.