April 25, 2001
TU Draws No. 5 Seed, Opens 2001 WAC Championships Against Rice:
The 48th-ranked Tulsa Golden Hurricane (12-13) travels to Fresno, California, this weekend to compete in the 2001 WAC Men's Tennis Championships. The three-day event will take place at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center on the campus of Fresno State University, April 27-29.
TU, the tournaments fifth-seeded team, begins its journey toward its first WAC tennis title against fourth-seeded and 36th-ranked Rice (20-6) at 10:00 a.m. this Friday (4/27).
Tulsa and Rice did not meet this past season, but did face each other twice during the 1999-2000 campaign. Tulsa claimed the regular season match in Houston, 5-2, and then topped the Owls, 4-3, in the first round of the 2000 WAC Championships in Fort Worth, Texas.
The winner of the Tulsa/Rice contest will meet top-seeded and fourth-ranked TCU (18-3) at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Tulsa In The WAC Championships:
The 2001 WAC Championship marks the fifth-straight postseason appearance for the Golden Hurricane. Since the 1996-97 campaign, Tulsa's first as a WAC member, TU has an all-time record of 5-4 in the postseason tournament and is 3-1 in first-round contests.
TU's Sebastyanski Named WAC Player of the Week:
Tulsa's Pawel Sebastyanski (Wroclaw, Poland) was named the Western Athletic Conference men's tennis Player of the Week for matches played April 9-15.
Against the TCU Horned Frogs, the junior pulled off one of the greatest upsets in TU men's tennis history. At No. 1 singles, Sebastyanski squared off against the nation's fourth-ranked player, Esteban Carril. Battling from start to finish, Sebastyanski completed the biggest upset of his career with a straight-set 7-5, 7-5 victory that put an end to Carril's 12-match win streak.
This season a total of four Hurricane players have registered 20 or more singles wins. Junior Sean Monk (Las Vegas, Nev.) and senior Micah Zomer (Tulsa, Okla.) each lead the team with 23 victories, while junior Dane McGregor (Port Elizabeth, South Africa) has 22 wins. Pawel Sebastyanski is the most recent player to reach the 20-plus win club with 20 victories this season. It marks the first time since the 1997-98 campaign in which four Tulsa players have recorded 20 or more singles wins.
Tulsa Falls To Kansas in Finale At Harwell Tennis Courts:
In the final collegiate tennis match ever to be played at the Harwell Tennis Courts, Tulsa's 47th-ranked Golden Hurricane men's team dropped a 5-2 decision to 54th-ranked Kansas. Next year, Tulsa moves into the new Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
Senior Micah Zomer and freshman Alejandro Tejerina (Mar del Plata, Argentina) each won their respective singles matches.