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De Klerk, Marsland Selected For NCAA Singles Championship

Japie De Klerk teamed up with Alejandro Espejo to advance to the semifinals in doubles play at the HEB Invitational

Japie De Klerk teamed up with Alejandro Espejo to advance to the semifinals in doubles play at the HEB Invitational
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May 1, 2013


Juniors Japie De Klerk and Clifford Marsland have both been selected to the NCAA individual tennis championships, the selection committee announced today.

De Klerk and Marsland will compete in the 64-person NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Singles Championship will take place May 22-27 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill., following the conclusion of the team championship, which runs from May 16-21.

De Klerk earned the Conference USA automatic bid by being the highest ranked player in the league. De Klerk, ranked No. 42 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. He advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA All-American Championships in October. This marks the second time De Klerk has been in the singles field, as he played in the tournament his freshman campaign after being named the fourth-alternate.

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. This marks the first year Marsland will compete in the individual championship.

All matches will be the best of three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games all will be used for all matches.

Automatic qualification into the DI singles championships is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible singles players ranked in the ITA Top 125 for eligible/entered singles players. For conferences with more than one singles player within the ITA Top 125 eligible/entered singles players, the subcommittee applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which student-athlete is the automatic qualifier from those conferences. All singles players must have a minimum of 13 completed singles matches in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection. 



In the team championship, Tulsa will face Michigan State on Friday, May 10, in a 3 p.m. battle in Waco, Texas, during the first round of the NCAA Team Championship.

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