April 11, 2001
Tulsa Battles Instate Rival Oklahoma State, WAC Foes SMU, TCU in Key Road Matches:
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane (12-9) closes the 2001 road portion of its schedule this week against three of the top-50 teams in the country, including #42 Oklahoma State (10-7) and Western Athletic Conference rivals, #9 SMU (15-1) and #2 TCU (16-2).
This Wednesday (4/11), the Hurricane invades Stillwater to battle the OSU Cowboys in a key Region V matchup. The match is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. A year ago in Tulsa, the Cowboys slipped by the Hurricane, 4-3.
On Friday, April 13, Tulsa heads south of the Red River to face the SMU Mustangs in Dallas, Texas, at 2:00 p.m. TU fell to SMU last season in Tulsa, 7-0.
A day later in Fort Worth, Texas, Tulsa concludes its home slate for the 2001 campaign with a stiff test against the second-ranked TCU Horned Frogs at 1:00 p.m. TCU topped Tulsa last year at the Harwell Tennis Courts, 6-1.
Hurricane Storms Past ORU, Boise State:
After dropping the doubles point to Oral Roberts, the 43rd-ranked Tulsa men's tennis team swept all six singles matches to rally past the Golden Eagles, 6-1. TU has now five straight matches against ORU, including both meetings this season.
Last Saturday, TU claimed four singles matches and two doubles contests for the doubles point to hand future Western Athletic Conference member Boise State a 5-2 defeat.
Mesmerizing Monk Extends Singles Win Streak to Seven Straight:
With his 6-1, 6-3 win over Jonny Biorkman of Boise State, junior Sean Monk (Las Vegas, Nev.) improved to 23-4 overall and 18-2 in dual action this season. Monk has currently won seven straight matches, which ties his season high, and a total of 14 of his last 15 contests. Six wins shy of breaking into the school's top-10 all-time career singles victories, Monk's 23 wins to date are a single-season career best and the most by a Tulsa player this season. He needs just three more victories to break into the school's top-10 for single-season victories. He boasts a career singles mark of 46-30 in just under three seasons.
McGregor Remains Among Nation's Top Singles Players:
In this week's WingspanBank.com Collegiate Tennis Rankings, Dane McGregor (Port Elizabeth, South Africa) is the 63rd-ranked singles player in the country. McGregor broke into the national polls at No. 64 in the Feb. 24, 2001, edition of the WingspanBank.com Collegiate Tennis Rankings and was ranked as high as No. 39 on March 7. For the season, he is 21-6 overall, 17-2 in dual matches and 5-1 against nationally-ranked opponents.
The 2001 WAC men's and women's tennis championships will take place at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center on the campus of Fresno State University, April 27-29.
A total of three Tulsa players have reached the 20-win plateau in singles this season. Led by junior Sean Monk's team-best 23 victories, junior Dane McGregor and senior Micah Zomer (Tulsa, Okla.) have 21 and 20 victories, respectively, this season.