March 21, 2001
Tulsa Battles New Mexico State, UNLV in the Desert:
The 33rd-ranked Golden Hurricane (8-7) will look to get back on the winning track this weekend with two matches in Las Vegas, Nev.
On Saturday, March 24, Tulsa squares off against the 71st-ranked New Mexico State Aggies (8-7) at 12 noon. The last time these two teams met was a year ago in Tulsa in the second match of the season for the Hurricane. In that match, TU topped the Aggies, 6-3.
One day later on Sunday, March 25, the Golden Hurricane meets former Western Athletic Conference foe, 73rd-ranked UNLV (7-6), at 11:00 a.m. TU topped the then 58th-ranked Rebels last season in Tulsa, 5-2.
Both matches will be played at the Fertitta Tennis Complex on the campus of UNLV.
McGregor Suffers First Loss of the Spring:
Tulsa junior Dane McGregor (Port Elizabeth, South Africa) suffered his first loss of the spring campaign last weekend at the Blue-Gray Classic. McGregor dropped a, 6-2, 6-2, decision to Brad Erickson of Northwestern in TU's second match of the three-day event. The loss snapped McGregor's 11-match win streak. A day later against Harvard, McGregor started another streak with a, 6-2, 0-6, 6-3, win over Oliver Choo.
McGregor Among Nation's Top Players:
In this week's WingspanBank.com Collegiate Tennis Rankings, Dane McGregor is the 39th-ranked singles player in the country. McGregor broke into the national polls at No. 64 in the Feb. 24, 2001, edition of the WingspanBank.com Collegiate Tennis Rankings. For the season, he is 16-5 overall, 12-1 in dual matches and 4-0 against nationally-ranked opponents.
TU's Doubles Tandem of Sudhakara and McGregor Ranked No. 27:
Tulsa's top doubles team of juniors Dane McGregor and Shri Sudhakara (Bangalore, India) is ranked as the 27th-best doubles team in America. McGregor and Sudhakara are 12-5 overall in 2000-2001 and 10-2 during the spring season.
Monk Surpasses Own Single-Season Mark:
In three singles matches last weekend at the Blue-Gray Classic, Tulsa junior Sean Monk (Las Vegas, Nev.) finished 2-1, but more importantly he surpassed his own single-season record of 15 victories. Monk's 6-1, 6-2 win over Virginia's Jonathon Chou gave him his 16th win of the season. He surpassed his previous mark of 15 wins which he recorded during his freshman season of 1998-99. For the spring campaign, Monk is 17-4 in singles, which ties him senior Micah Zomer (Tulsa, Okla.) for the most wins on the team this season, and 12-2 in dual matches.
Dane McGregor is the first TU tennis player to be ranked in both singles and doubles during the spring season in over two years. McGregor is ranked 39th in singles and with classmate, Shri Sudhakara, is ranked 27th in doubles. The last time a player was ranked in both singles and doubles during the spring season was in 1998-99 when former TU All-American standouts Gareth Williams (1996-99) and Nenad Toroman (1996-2000) both appeared in the singles and doubles rankings.