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Clifford Marsland and Alejandro Espejo

Clifford Marsland and Alejandro Espejo
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April 30, 2013

IRVING, Texas -

Juniors Clifford Marsland and Japie De Klerk were named to the Conference USA Men's Tennis All-Conference Singles first team, while Marsland and sophomore Alejandro Espejo earned a spot on the All-C-USA Doubles first team, the league announced today.

Also earning all-conference honors was freshman Carlos Bautista, who snared a spot on the second-team all-singles squad.

De Klerk, ranked No. 47 in the latest ITA Rankings, had a 13-7 record for the Golden Hurricane this spring and picked up eight wins against nationally ranked foes this season. He had won seven of his past 10 matches, and sported a 10-2 record at No. 2 singles for TU.

Marsland, ranked No. 49, tallied a 17-3 record during the spring and a 20-4 ledger during the entire season. Marsland had a sparkling 10-2 record playing No. 1 singles for TU, and a 7-1 record at No. 2 singles. Marsland was named Conference USA Player of the Week twice times during the season. He earned a 4-2 record against ranked opponents, including wins against No. 49 ranked Rok Bonin of Minnesota, No. 60 Mate Zsiga of Baylor, No. 8 ranked Marcos Giron of UCLA and No. 116 Samir Iftikhar of New Mexico. He earned a season-high ITA Ranking of No. 44.

Marsland and Espejo earned an 11-8 record at No. 1 doubles for TU, with two victories over ranked opponents. The TU duoe defeated No. 44-ranked Nelson Vick and Esben Hess-Olesen of North Carolina and Arturs Kazijevs and Mischa Nowicki of SMU.

Bautista recorded a 16-4 record this spring and ended the regular season on an 11-match winning streak for the Golden Hurricane.  He picked up a win against No. 116 ranked Clay Thompson in TU's 4-3 setback to then No. 3 UCLA. Bautsita totaled a perfect 6-0 record against C-USA foes, and a 3-0 ledger in the 2013 C-USA Championship.


 

 

"Japie and Cliff have arguably been the two of the best singles players in the conference this year," commented Head Coach Vince Westbrook. "Those two have done a tremendous job at the top of our lineup. Alejandro and Cliff have also been stellar for us all season at No. 1 doubles. Carlos has been steady for us at No. 5 singles this season and I'm happy for him to be honored as a freshman."

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ALL-C-USA SINGLES TEAM

First Team

Joran Vliegen, East Carolina

Connor Glennon, Memphis

Carlos Lopez Villa, Old Dominion

Arturs Kazijevs, SMU

Japie De Klerk, Tulsa

Clifford Marsland, Tulsa

Second Team

Joe Salisbury, Memphis

Johnny Grimal, Memphis

Jonathan Chang, Rice

Dominik Koepfer, Tulane

Carlos Bautista, Tulsa

David Zimmerman, UAB

Jorge Blasco, UCF 

ALL-C-USA DOUBLES

First Team

Joran Vliegen/Colin Roller, East Carolina

Joe Salisbury/David O'Hare, Memphis

Clifford Marsland/Alejandro Espejo, Tulsa    

Second Team

Connor Glennon/Cedric De Zutter, Memphis

Can Cetinel/Carlos Lopez Villa, Old Dominion

Arturs Kazijevs/Mischa Nowicki, SMU

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Connor Glennon, Memphis

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Dominik Koepfer, Tulane

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Francesc Aulina, UCF

SINGLES OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP

Johnny Grimal, Memphis

 

DOUBLES OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP

Joe Salisbury/David O'Hare, Memphis

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

Paul Goebel, Memphis