Marsland, De Klerk, Espejo, McCloskey and Westbrook Earn All-Conference USA Accolades
May 1, 2014
IRVING, Texas - The University of Tulsa men's tennis team placed three players on the All-Conference USA Singles First and Second Teams, two doubles teams on the All-C-USA Doubles First and Second Teams and claimed the Coach of the Year, Outstanding Singles Player of the Championship and Outstanding Doubles Team of the Championship honors, the league announced on Thursday.
Seniors Japie De Klerk and Clifford Marsland were named on the All-C-USA Singles First Team, while junior Alejandro Espejo was named to the All-C-USA Singles Second Team. De Klerk and Marsland have been named on the first team singles in each of the four seasons with the Golden Hurricane, while Espejo is appearing on the singles team for the first time in his career.
De Klerk leads the Golden Hurricane with a No. 81 ranking and has posted a 13-13 singles record this season, including a 12-9 record in dual competition and an 11-8 record at the No. 1 position.
Marsland has posted an 18-6 singles record this season, including a 16-5 record in dual competition and a 15-4 record at the No. 2 position.
Espejo went 19-8 this season in singles, including a 15-4 record in dual competition and an 11-2 record at the No. 3 position, including winning his first 10 matches at the No. 3 position.
Doubles duo of Marsland and sophomore Dylan McCloskey were named to the All-C-USA Doubles First Team and De Klerk and Espejo were named to the All-C-USA Doubles Second Team. Marsland has been named on the first team doubles all four years and this is De Klerk and Espejo's second time on the doubles second team, while McCloskey is appearing on the doubles team for the first time.
Marsland and McCloskey received the automatic bid to the NCAA Doubles Championships after being the highest ranked doubles duo in the conference and in the top-60 nationally. The duo is ranked No. 24 and has posted a 17-9 record this season, including a 15-8 record at the No. 1 position.
De Klerk and Espejo have posted a 17-9 record this season, including a 15-8 record at the No. 2 position. The duo has posted a perfect 5-0 record against nationally ranked opponents and a 6-1 record against regionally ranked opponents.
Head Coach Vince Westbrook was named the Conference USA Coach of the Year for the sixth time in nine seasons with the conference. Tulsa went 15-12 this season and captured its seventh C-USA Championships in nine seasons with the conference on April 20 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center with a 4-0 win over Tulane.
The Golden Hurricane has played the toughest schedule in the country facing six opponents ranked in the top-10 and 12 opponents in the top-30.
Marsland was also named as the Outstanding Singles Player of the Championship as he was the only singles player to go 3-0 during the C-USA Championships.
The Perth, Australia native defeated Alex Doleac of Southern Miss in the quarterfinals 6-1, 6-1 to give Tulsa a 3-0 lead, defeated Adam Gustafsson of Rice 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals to give the Golden Hurricane a 2-0 lead and defeated Sebastian Rey of Tulane 6-2, 6-0 in the championship match to give Tulsa a 2-0 lead.
Marsland and McCloskey were named the Outstanding Doubles Team of the Championship as they went 2-0. The duo defeated Paulo Alvardo and Juan Escobar of Southern Miss 8-3 to give the Golden Hurricane an early lead in the doubles point and defeated Max Andrews and Gustafsson of Rice 8-5 to give Tulsa an early lead in the doubles point.
No. 45 Golden Hurricane (15-12) faces No. 27 Stanford (14-5) in the first round of the NCAA Championships in Waco, Texas on Saturday, May 10 at 11 a.m.
For all Tulsa men's tennis news and information, visit www.TulsaHurricane.com. Follow Tulsa Athletics on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/TulsaHurricane and Facebook at www.facebook.com/TulsaHurricane. Follow Tulsa Men's Tennis on Twitter (http://twitter.com/TulsaMTennis) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/TulsaMTennis).
All-C-USA Singles First Team
All-C-USA Singles Second Team
All-C-USA Doubles First Team
Clifford Marsland/Dylan McCloskey
All-C-USA Doubles Second Team
Japie De Klerk/Alejandro Espejo
C-USA Coach of the Year
Outstanding Singles Player of the Championship
Outstanding Doubles Team of the Championship
Clifford Marsland/Dylan McCloskey
ATHLETICS TICKET OFFICE