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No. 41 Men's Tennis Hosts C-USA Championships; receives a first-round bye

No. 1 seed University of Tulsa men's tennis team is hosting the Conference USA Men's Tennis Championships this weekend and faces the winner of No. 9 seed Southern Miss and No. 8 seed Old Dominion on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
No. 1 seed University of Tulsa men's tennis team is hosting the Conference USA Men's Tennis Championships this weekend and faces the winner of No. 9 seed Southern Miss and No. 8 seed Old Dominion on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
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April 16, 2014

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TULSA, Okla. - No. 1 seed University of Tulsa men's tennis team is hosting the Conference USA Men's Tennis Championships this weekend and faces the winner of No. 9 seed Southern Miss and No. 8 seed Old Dominion on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

The Hurricane is hosting the men's tennis tournament for the third time in the last nine years and has posted a perfect 6-0 record in Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane also hosted the 2006 and 2011 C-USA Men's Tennis Championship and won both of those tournaments.

This is the eighth consecutive season that the Golden Hurricane has been awarded the No. 1 seed in the championships and has posted a 19-2 (.905) as the No. 1 seed with five conference titles in those seven seasons.

In eight seasons with the Conference USA, the Golden Hurricane has posted a 22-2 (.917) tournament record and has won six C-USA titles.

Tulsa is one of 11 teams competing in the tournament. The 10 other teams are Charlotte, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion, Rice, Southern Miss, Tulane, UAB and UTSA.

The tournament starts with three matches on Thursday with match No. 1 of No. 7 UAB (12-8) and No. 10 UTSA (9-16) and match No. 2 of No. 6 Charlotte (12-6) and No. 11 Florida Atlantic (10-10) at 10 a.m., while match No. 3 of No. 8 Old Dominion (12-8) and No. 9 Southern Miss (11-10) is at 2 p.m.

The tournament continues with four matches on Friday with two matches at 10 a.m. and two matches at 2 p.m. The morning matches are match No. 4 consists of the winner of match No. 1 and No. 2 Tulane (13-6) and match No. 5 is between the winner of match No. 2 and No. 3 East Carolina (17-6). The afternoon matches are match No. 6 is between No. 4 Middle Tennessee (10-13) and No. 5 Rice (9-12) and match No. 7 is the winner of match No. 3 and No. 1 Tulsa (12-12).

The winners of match No. 4 and No. 5 plays at noon and the winners of Match No. 6 and No. 7 also plays at noon on Saturday.

The final two winners face off at 11 a.m. on Sunday to determine the champion.

Senior Clifford Marsland became the first men's tennis athlete to be named to the C-USA All-Academic Team for four years. He graduated with a 3.565 GPA in exercise and sports science and has a GPA of 4.00 in graduate school of education.

Marsland moved up two spots in the International Tennis Association poll released on Tuesday from No. 87 to No. 85 after going 2-0 in singles, including a win over No. 74 Herkko Pollanen of No. 1 Ohio State 6-2, 6-3. The Perth, Australia native ranks eighth in school history with 83 career singles wins and needs one win to tie seventh place and three wins to tie sixth place.

Marsland ranks eighth in school history with 83 career singles wins and needs one win to tie seventh place and three wins to tie sixth place.

The Golden Hurricane is coming off last week with a 2-1 record. No. 1 Ohio State narrowly defeated Tulsa 4-3 in Columbus, Ohio, but the Hurricane bounced back and defeated Incarnate Word 7-0 and Oral Roberts 6-1 on Sunday at the Case Tennis Center.

Sophomore Dylan McCloskey led Tulsa with a 3-0 singles record and a 3-0 doubles record, while Marsland went 2-0 in singles and 3-0 in doubles.

Senior Japie De Klerk, ranked No. 81, has posted a 12-13 record this season, including an 11-9 record in dual competition and a 10-8 record at the No. 1 position.

Marsland and McCloskey, ranked No. 27, has posted a 15-9 record this season, including a 13-8 record at the No. 1 doubles position.

Three teams are ranked in the ITA in the conference. Tulsa leads the league with a No. 42 ranking, followed by Tulane at No. 67 and East Carolina enters the rankings at No. 72.

There are six singles athletes ranked in the top-125 by the ITA in the conference. East Carolina Joran Vliegen leads the conference with a 25th ranking, Carlos Lopez Villa of Old Dominion is ranked No. 61, followed by De Klerk and Marsland at No. 81 and No. 85, respectively, Chris Helliar of UAB at No. 87 and Ettore Zito of Middle Tennessee at No. 97.

There are also four doubles teams ranked in the top-90 by the ITA in the conference lead by Marsland and McCloskey's ranking of No. 27. They are followed by Dominik Koepfer and Jao Chi-Shan of Tulane at No. 47, Victor Cornea and David Fox of Middle Tennessee State at No. 73 and Joel Rubio and Tomas Stillman of UTSA at No. 79.

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Schedule

Thursday, April 17

Match 1: (10) UTSA vs. (7) UAB - 10 a.m.

Match 2: (11) Florida Atlantic vs. (6) Charlotte - 10 a.m.

Match 3: (9) Southern Miss vs. (8) Old Dominion - 2 p.m.

Friday, April 18

Match 4: winner of Match No. 1 vs. (2) Tulane - 10 a.m.

Match 5: winner of Match No. 2 vs. (3) East Carolina - 10 a.m.

Match 6: (5) Rice vs. (4) Middle Tennessee - 2 p.m.

Match 7: winner of Match No. 3 vs. (1) Tulsa - 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 19

Match 8: winner of Match No. 4 vs. winner of Match No. 5 - noon

Match 9: winner of Match No. 6 vs. winner of Match No. 7 - noon

Sunday, April 20

Match 10: winner of Match No. 8 vs. winner of Match No. 9 - 11 a.m.