No. 39 Men's Tennis Hosts No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 25 South Florida This Weekend
April 2, 2014
TULSA, Okla. - No. 39 University of Tulsa men's tennis team hosts No. 25 South Florida on Friday at 5 p.m. and No. 5 Oklahoma on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
The Golden Hurricane (10-9) has three singles players ranked with No. 63 Japie De Klerk, No. 84 Clifford Marsland and No. 125 Alejandro Espejo and one doubles team ranked of No. 21 Marsland and Dylan McCloskey.
De Klerk has posted a 9-6 record in dual matches this season, including an 8-6 record at the No. 1 singles position, while Marsland has posted a 13-4 overall record with an 11-3 record in dual matches, including a 10-3 record at the No. 2 singles position.
Espejo has posted a 17-7 overall record this season with a 13-3 record in dual matches, including a 9-1 record at the No. 3 singles position. Marsland and McCloskey has posted an 11-8 overall record this season, including a 9-7 record in dual matches at the No. 1 doubles position. The duo has posted a 5-4 record against nationally ranked doubles team.
South Florida (13-4) has one singles athlete nationally ranked, No. 53 Roberto Cid and two doubles team ranked of No. 33 Cid and Sasha Gozun, and No. 53 Oliver Pramming and Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz.
Oklahoma (17-2) has four singles athletes ranked in the top-50 with No. 2 Axel Alvarez Llamas, No. 5 Guillermo Alcorta, No. 41 Andrew Harris and No. 43 Dane Webb as well as two doubles teams ranked of No. 17 Harris and Webb and No. 72 Peerakit Sirbutwong and Nick Papac.
Under head coach Vince Westbrook, the Golden Hurricane holds a 2-1 advantage over the USF, but the Sooners hold a slight advantage with a 10-9 record over the Hurricane.
Marsland has recorded 81 career singles wins, which ties him for eighth most in school history with Gareth Williams from 1996-99.
The Golden Hurricane last 13 matches have been against ranked opponents, including the last two matches against a top-10 team. With the two matches this weekend, Tulsa would have faced 11 opponents ranked in the top-30 and five teams ranked in the top-10 at the time when the matches were played this season.
This season, the Hurricane has posted an 8-9 record against ranked opponents as the last 13 matches have been against ranked opponents.
The Golden Hurricane travels to Columbus, Ohio to face host No. 1 Ohio State on Friday, April 11 at 5 p.m. before returning home for a doubleheader to face Incarnate Word at 10 a.m. and Oral Roberts at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 13.
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