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March 28, 2011

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TULSA, Okla. - The No. 27-ranked University of Tulsa men's tennis team (14-4) will go back on the road for yet another tough stretch as the Golden Hurricane will play No. 30 Oklahoma and No. 8 Stanford. TU will face the Sooners in Norman, Okla., at 5 p.m. March 29, and the blue and gold will travel to Palo Alto, Calif., for a 4 p.m. meeting with the Cardinal April 1.

The Golden Hurricane has won 11 of its last 12 matches, which includes victories over No. 12 Michigan, No. 47 TCU, No. 48 Columbia, No. 50 USF, No. 59 Arkansas and No. 64 SMU. Coach Vince Westbrook owns an all-time record of 7-7 against Oklahoma. The Sooners are 10-4 this season with wins over No. 4 Texas (4-3), TCU (4-3), Arkansas (4-3) and Oklahoma State (4-3).

Three members of the OU squad are ranked nationally, led by No. 34 Ionut Beleleu. Costin Paval is ranked No. 65 and Peerakit Siributwong is ranked No. 113.

LAST TIME OUT
The University of Tulsa picked up a 6-1 victory over Conference USA foe Tulane to remain unblemished against conference opponents in 2011. The team won the doubles point and picked up victories in five of six singles matches. This was the first meeting between the two programs since March 19, 2005. Freshman Japie De Klerk moved to 17-0 in singles, and he and sophomore Marcelo Arevalo are now 11-0 in doubles action. Arevalo and junior Ashley Watling are both 9-2 in their last 11 matches. Sophomore Clifford Marsland is on a four-match win streak and is 7-0 when playing at No. 3 singles.

TULSA EXITS VICIOUS ROAD TRIP WITH NEAR-PERFECT 4-1 MARK
Tulsa went on the road for a vicious five-match road stretch and came out with a stellar 4-1 record, which included a marquee 4-3 victory over No. 12 Michigan in Ann Arbor. Other victories came over No. 50 USF (5-2), No. 64 SMU (4-3) and UCF (6-1). The only loss came in Lubbock, Texas, to No. 19 Texas Tech (5-2).

GOLDEN HURRICANE DOMINATE CONFERENCE USA PLAYER OF WEEK HONORS
The University of Tulsa has owned the C-USA Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week award this season. TU has captured seven of the possible nine weekly honors, which includes the last five. Junior Ashley Watling (March 8, March 15), sophomore Marcelo Arevalo (Feb. 1, March 22) and freshman Japie De Klerk (Jan. 25, March 1) have all won the award twice. Sophomore Clifford has been bestowed the laurel once (Feb. 22).

WESTBROOK CLOSING IN ON 300
With a 14-4 record this season, TU head coach Vince Westbrook has improved his all-time mark to 298-217 in his 20 years at the helm for a .579 win percentage. He sits just two victories shy of the 300-win plateau. Westbrook could potentially reach that milestone victory at No. 8 Stanford on April 1. Tulsa will travel to Norman, Okla., for a meeting with No. 30 Oklahoma at 5 p.m. March 29.

PERFECT DE KLERK EARNS TWO WEEKLY HONORS DURING FIRST SEASON
Freshman Japie De Klerk has been named the Conference USA Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week on two occasions this season, most recently on March 1. For the season, De Klerk is a perfect 17-0 in singles action and he owns a 15-2 doubles mark. The duo of De Klerk and sophomore Marcelo Arevalo have moved into the No. 2 doubles position and are currently 11-0 this season. De Klerk is nationally ranked No. 123 in singles and he and Arevalo are the No. 67-ranked tandem in the NCAA.

TULSA HOLDS AT NO. 27 IN THE ITA POLLS - 4 INDIVIDUALS EARN NATIONAL RANKS
Tulsa held firm at No. 27 in the most recent Campbell/ITA College Rankings released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association March 22. The mark is the highest in two years for Tulsa. Four players are currently ranked nationally in both singles and doubles. Sophomore Marcelo Arevalo leads the way with his No. 59 rank, while junior Ashley Watling currently sits at No. 68. Both sophomore Clifford Marsland and freshman Japie De Klerk are ranked No. 123 in the nation. The doubles team of Watling and Marsland earned a rank of No. 20, and Arevalo and De Klerk sit at No. 67. This is the third-straight week Tulsa has placed four individuals in the singles rankings. This feat had only been accomplished twice in TU history prior to 2011. The last time before this year since the rankings system began in 1994 that Tulsa had four individuals ranked at the same time was March 7, 2006. Those ranked in that poll were No. 21 Arnau Brugues, No. 79 Federico Soriano, No. 80 Ricardo Soriano and No. 100 Andy Connelly.