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TU Men's and Women's Tennis Teams Begin Pursuit for 2003 WAC Titles on Friday


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April 24, 2003

Tulsa, Okla. - The Tulsa men's and women's tennis teams will begin their pursuit for the 2003 Western Athletic Conference tennis titles this Friday at the 2003 WAC Men's and Women's Tennis Championships. The three-day event will take place April 25-27 at the Boise Racquet Club and the Appleton Tennis Center on the campus of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho.

The 49th-ranked Tulsa men's tennis team concluded the 2002-03 regular season with a 12-12 overall record, including a 10-6 home mark, and posted a 0-2 Western Athletic Conference record. Tulsa fell 5-2 to then 54th-ranked SMU and 4-3 to then 26th-ranked Rice.

This year's men's tournament will feature five ranked teams, including No. 28 Rice, No. 38 SMU, No. 40 Fresno State, No. 49 Tulsa and No. 56 Boise State, as well as nine ranked players and four ranked doubles tandems.

The Golden Hurricane has been successful in the WAC tournament in the past, as it has notched a 7-6 record and finished last season as the WAC Tournament runner up, its best finish as a WAC member. The 2003 WAC Championships mark the seventh-straight appearance for TU since joining the conference in 1996-97.

On the women's side, the 47th-ranked Golden Hurricane concluded the 2002-03 regular season with a 13-10 overall record, including an 8-3 home mark. Tulsa also put up a 1-1 Western Athletic Conference record, as it defeated Boise State 4-3 and fell 6-1 to SMU.

The championships will feature four nationally ranked teams including No. 22 Fresno State, No. 47 Tulsa, No. 58 Boise State and No. 75 SMU, as well as four ranked singles players and four ranked doubles tandems.

In the WAC Championships, Tulsa has chalked up an 8-7 mark and posted its best conference finish in 2000 when the team finished in second place. The Golden Hurricane tied for third place in the 2001 and 2002 conference tournaments.

The match-ups and times for both men and women will be announced on Thursday evening after all teams have been seeded.