No. 41 Men's Tennis Travels to No. 1 Ohio State Friday and Host Two Opponents on Sunday
April 9, 2014
TULSA, Okla. - No. 41 University of Tulsa men's tennis team travels to Columbus, Ohio to face host No. 1 Ohio State on Friday at 5 p.m. and returns home to host a doubleheader with Incarnate Word at 10 a.m. and Oral Roberts at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
The Golden Hurricane (10-11) has two singles players ranked with No. 67 Japie De Klerk and No. 87 Clifford Marsland and two doubles teams ranked of No. 24 Marsland and Dylan McCloskey and No. 59 De Klerk and Alejandro Espejo.
De Klerk has posted a 9-8 record in dual matches this season, including an 8-7 record at the No. 1 singles position, while Marsland has posted a 13-6 overall record with an 11-5 record in dual matches, including a 10-4 record at the No. 2 singles position.
Marsland and McCloskey have posted a 12-9 overall record this season, including a 10-8 record in dual matches at the No. 1 doubles position. The duo has posted a 5-5 record against nationally ranked doubles team. De Klerk and Espejo have posted a 14-8 record this season, including a 12-7 record at the No. 2 position. The duo has posted a 5-0 record against nationally ranked opponents and a 6-0 record against regionally ranked opponents.
Espejo, who was named Conference USA Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week, led TU last weekend with a 1-1 record in singles and a 2-0 record, with De Klerk, in doubles. He has posted an 18-8 record this season, including a 14-4 record in dual matches and a 10-2 record at the No. 3 singles positon.
Ohio State (23-1) has four singles athletes ranked with No. 9 Peter Kobelt, No. 74 Herkko Pollanen, No. 109 Hunter Callahan, No. 124 Kevin Metka and one doubles team ranked of No. 2 Kobelt and Metka.
Under head coach Vince Westbrook, Ohio State holds a 2-0 advantage over Tulsa, but the Golden Hurricane holds a 16-1 advantage over Oral Roberts, including a 7-0 win earlier in the season. This will be the first meeting between TU and Incarnate Word.
Marsland has recorded 81 career singles wins, which ties him for eighth most in school history with Gareth Williams from 1996-99.
With the match against the Buckeyes, Tulsa would have faced 12 opponents ranked in the top-30 and six teams ranked in the top-10 at the time when the matches were played this season.
This season, the Hurricane has posted an 8-11 record against ranked opponents as the last 15 matches have been against ranked opponents.
The Golden Hurricane competes in the C-USA Tournament held at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center from Thursday, April 17 until Sunday, April 20.
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