No. 42 Men's Tennis hosts Southern Miss Friday at 2 p.m. at the Case Tennis Center
April 17, 2014
TULSA, Okla. - No. 1 seed University of Tulsa men's tennis team hosts No. 9 Southern Miss on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Championships.
Three teams advanced out of the first round with No. 6 seed Charlotte (13-6) defeating No. 11 seed Florida Atlantic (10-11) 4-0 and with No. 7 seed UAB (13-8) defeating No. 10 UTSA (9-17) 4-2 in the morning matches.
No. 8 seed Old Dominion (12-9) captured a 2-0 lead, but No. 9 seed Southern Miss (12-10) battled back to win a tight match 4-3.
Under head coach Vince Westbrook, the Golden Hurricane has posted a 2-1 record over Southern Miss.
Tulsa is one of eight teams remaining in the tournament. The seven other teams are Charlotte, East Carolina, Middle Tennessee, Rice, Southern Miss, Tulane and UAB.
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 UAB and No. 2 Tulane (13-6) and match No. 5 is between Charlotte 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 Southern Miss 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.
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.
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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Thursday, April 17
Match 1: (7) UAB 4, (10) UTSA 2
Match 2: (6) Charlotte 4, (11) Florida Atlantic 0
Match 3: (9) Southern Miss 4, (8) Old Dominion 3
Friday, April 18
Match 4: (7) UAB vs. (2) Tulane - 10 a.m.
Match 5: (6) Charlotte vs. (3) East Carolina - 10 a.m.
Match 6: (5) Rice vs. (4) Middle Tennessee - 2 p.m.
Match 7: (9) Southern Miss 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.
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