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No. 43 Men's Tennis Faces No. 27 Stanford at 11 a.m. Saturday in First Round of NCAA Championship Saturday

No. 43 University of Tulsa men's tennis team travels to Waco, Texas to face No. 27 Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Championship on Saturday at 11 a.m.
No. 43 University of Tulsa men's tennis team travels to Waco, Texas to face No. 27 Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Championship on Saturday at 11 a.m.
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May 8, 2014

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TULSA, Okla. - No. 43 University of Tulsa men's tennis team travels to Waco, Texas to face No. 27 Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Championship on Saturday at 11 a.m.

The Golden Hurricane (15-12) received an automatic bid after winning the Conference USA Championship and is on a five-match winning streak, while Stanford (14-5) received an at-large bid after falling to Oregon 4-2 in the Pac-12 Championship.

The Golden Hurricane enters the NCAA Tournament for the ninth consecutive season and has posted a 9-15 overall record in the tournament. Tulsa has made it to the second round in each of the last three seasons and five of the last six seasons.

The Golden Hurricane has two singles athletes ranked of No. 74 Clifford Marsland and No. 76 Japie De Klerk and a doubles duo of No. 27 Marsland and Dylan McCloskey.

Marsland, an All-C-USA Singles First Team member, 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.

De Klerk, an All-C-USA Singles First Team member, 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 and McCloskey, who were named to the C-USA Doubles First Team and Outstanding Doubles Team of the Championship, has posted a 17-8 record this season, including a 15-8 record at the No. 1 position. The duo received the automatic bid to the NCAA Doubles Championships after being the highest ranked doubles duo in the conference and ranked in the top-60 nationally.

Junior Alejandro Espejo, who was named to the All-C-USA Singles Second Team, has posted a 19-8 record this season, including a 15-4 record in dual competition and an 11-2 record at the No. 3 position.

Espejo and De Klerk, an All-C-USA Doubles Second Team member, has 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.

This season, the Golden Hurricane has played the toughest schedule in the country facing six opponents ranked in the top-10 and 12 opponents ranked in the top-30. Tulsa has posted a 9-12 record against nationally ranked opponents.

Stanford has two singles athletes ranked of No. 73 Maciek Romanowicz and No. 118 John Morrissey. Four of the five Cardinals losses have come to teams ranked in the top-10 and has posted a 5-5 record against teams nationally ranked this season.

The winner of Tulsa and Stanford match faces the winner of No. 6 Baylor (23-5) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (19-9) at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The Bears and the Islanders square off at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Under TU head coach Vince Westbrook, the Golden Hurricane has posted a 0-1 record against the Islanders and a 2-4 record against the Bears, including a 4-0 loss in Waco earlier this season.

The Islanders are led by Peter Nagy, who has recorded a 20-3 record this season at the No. 1 position and by Richardo Mayagoitia with a 13-8 record at the No. 2 position.

The Bears have three singles athletes ranked of No. 3 Julian Lenz, No. 14 Patrick Pradella and No. 31 Diego Galeano and one doubles duo of No. 21 Pradella and Mate Zsiga.

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