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No. 22 Men's Tennis Hits Road For Tilt Against No. 38 Texas Tech

Carlos Bautista
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April 5, 2013

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The University of Tulsa men’s tennis squad, ranked No. 22 in this week’s ITA Rankings, will face No. 38 Texas Tech on Friday, April 5, in a 6 p.m. match in Lubbock, Texas.

FOLLOWING THE MATCH

Live scoring of the match will be available on TulsaHurricane.com, and the link for live scoring can be found here.

ABOUT THE TEAMS

Tulsa enters the match with an 11-6 record and an ITA ranking of No. 22. Junior Japie De Klerk is ranked No. 35 in singles play, while fellow junior Clifford Marsland is ranked No. 49. Tulsa is coming off of a three-match homestand where it defeated Wichita State, No. 69 Rice and No. 58 New Mexico.

Texas Tech holds a 14-5 record, and also has won its past three matches. The Red Raiders boost the No. 69-ranked doubles tandem in the nation in Gabriel Dias and Vitor Manzini. 

TOUGH SLEDDING

The Hurricane has faced one of the toughest schedules in the nation, as it has faced a ranked opponent in 15 of its 17 matches this year. All six of TU’s defeats have come at the hands of top-25 teams.

GAINING MOMENTUM

Tulsa, winners of six of its past seven matches, is riding a three-match winning streak heading into its contest with Texas Tech.

DOUBLE DIP

TU is one of 12 schools in the country to have both men’s and women’s tennis programs ranked in the top-25 in the ITA Team Rankings. The women’s team checked in at No. 25 this week, while the men’s squad is 22nd.


 

 

LAST TIME OUT

New Mexico (April 1, 2013)

The No. 24 Tulsa men’s tennis squad earned its second sweep of the year, as the Golden Hurricane blanked No. 58 New Mexico, 7-0, Monday, April 1, at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center 

Tulsa took the doubles point against the Lobos (9-10) winning all three of its doubles matches. Junior Clifford Marsland and sophomore Alejandro Espejo defeated Andrew Van Der Vyver and Conor Berg 8-7 (7-2) at the top spot. At No. 2 doubles, the senior duo of Grant Ive and Tristan Jackson earned an 8-5 victory against Mads Hegelund and James Hignett. Junior Japie De Klerkand freshman Carlos Bautista snared an 8-3 win at No. 3 doubles over Samir Iftikhar and Riaan DuToit.

Jackson gave TU a 2-0 lead after a 6-3, 6-3, triumph over Van Der Vyver at No. 6 singles. Minutes later, Ive propelled Tulsa to a 3-0 advantage after a 6-1, 6-4 win against Mads Hegelund on Court No. 3.

Clinching the victory for Tulsa was Espejo, who dispatched Mitch McDaniels 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4 singles.

Marsland, ranked No. 49 in the nation in singles play, defeated No. 116 Samir Iftikhar 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1 singles.

At No. 2 singles, No. 35-ranked De Klerk bettered UNM’s Berg, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Completing the sweep for the Hurricane was Bautista, who earned a 7-5, 6-4, win against Hignett at No. 5 singles.