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TU Men's and Women's Netters Begin Quest For 2001 WAC Titles This Friday

Tulsa Head Coach Vince Westbrook and the Hurricane will begin their quest for the 2001 WAC title this Friday against Rice in first round of the 2001 WAC Championships in Fresno, Calif.
Tulsa Head Coach Vince Westbrook and the Hurricane will begin their quest for the 2001 WAC title this Friday against Rice in first round of the 2001 WAC Championships in Fresno, Calif.
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April 26, 2001

Tulsa, Oklahoma - The Tulsa Golden Hurricane men's and women's tennis teams will begin their quest for the 2001 Western Athletic Conference men's and women's tennis titles this Friday at the 2001 WAC Men's and Women'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, in Fresno, Calif.

The 48th-ranked Tulsa men's team (12-13), the tournaments fifth-seeded team, begins its journey toward its first WAC tennis crown against fourth-seeded and 36th-ranked Rice (20-6) at 10:00 a.m. 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.

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.

After finishing as the WAC Championship runner-up a year ago, the 40th-ranked Tulsa women's team (13-8) opens the conference tournament at 3:00 p.m. against UTEP (9-10).

The Golden Hurricane drew the No. 3 seed in the tournament, while the Miners are the six-seeded team. The last time TU and UTEP met was a year ago in El Paso, Texas. Tulsa defeated the then 74th-ranked Miners, 6-3, in that match. A TU victory would send the Hurricane into a semifinal contest against the winner of the (#7) Rice (10-10)/(#2) TCU (17-3) match.

The 2001 WAC Championship marks Tulsa's fifth straight conference tournament appearance. Since becoming a member of the WAC five years ago, Tulsa boasts a 6-5 mark in the postseason championship, including a 3-1 mark against first-round opponents. Last year in Fort Worth, Texas, TU defeated Hawaii (5-1) and Fresno State (5-4) in the first two rounds, but came up short against TCU, 5-3, in the WAC title match.