No. 24 Men's Tennis To Host Wichita State, Rice
March 26, 2013
The University of Tulsa men’s tennis team, ranked No. 24 in the nation, will take on Wichita State in a 5 p.m. Wednesday tilt at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center before hosting Rice on Friday in a 2 p.m. match.
ABOUT THE MATCHES
Under Head Coach Vince Westbrook, Tulsa has a 9-2 record against the Shockers and a 16-9 mark against Rice.
GOLDEN HURRICANE HAS ENDURED TOUGH SCHEDULE
The Hurricane has faced a tough schedule, as 13 of its 14 matches this year have come against ranked opponents. Tulsa will face a ranked opponent in four of its final five matches of the regular season.
DE KLERK AND MARSLAND CRACK THE TOP 50
LAST TIME OUT:
UCLA (March 13, 2013)
Juniors Japie De Klerk and Clifford Marsland, along with freshman Carlos Bautista picked up singles victories against ranked opponents, but it wasn't enough as the No. 21 Tulsa men's tennis squad dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 3 UCLA at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
The Golden Hurricane (8-6), in only its third outdoor match of the season, battled the Bruins (14-1), but ultimately fell short.
TU dropped the doubles point, as De Klerk and Bautista earned a hard-fought 9-7 win at No. 3 doubles over Dennis Mkrtchian and Clay Thompson. At No. 1 doubles, sophomore Alejandro Espejo and Marsland lost a close 9-8 (5) affair against Alex Brigham and Dennis Novikov.
UCLA won the first three singles matches to win the match, but TU battled tough in the final three matches.
TU picked up its first point of the day at No. 1 singles, as No. 66 De Klerk defeated No. 28 Novikov 6-3, 6-2. De Klerk has now won seven singles matches in a row.
At No. 2 singles, Marsland, ranked No. 100 in the ITA rankings, took down No. 8 Marcos Giron 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 1-0. The win marked Marsland's third victory against a ranked foe this year.
Bautista captured TU's final point with a come from behind win at No. 5 singles. After losing the first set 7-6 (8-6), Bautista rallied to win the second set, 6-4, and the tie breaker 1-0 (10-5).
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