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Men's Tennis Opens Fall Campaign At Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational

Clifford Marsland enters the season ranked No. 44 according to the ITA Preseason Rankings
Clifford Marsland enters the season ranked No. 44 according to the ITA Preseason Rankings
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Sept. 13, 2012

- The Tulsa men's tennis team opens its fall season at the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational September 14-16 in Midland, Texas.

The Golden Hurricane squad features five players that were named to the ITA Preseason Rankings, including the doubles team of senior Clifford Marsland and freshman Matthew Kirby will begin the season as the No. 14-ranked tandem in the nation.

Marsland, who was paired with Ashley Watling last year, ended the year as the No. 7-ranked doubles team after recording a 29-9 overall record and a 10-7 mark against ranked foes. The pair earned All-America status for their success as they competed in the 2012 NCAA Doubles Championship.

The tandem of seniors Tristan Jackson and Grant Ive checked in at No. 50 in the preseason rankings. Last year, the duo went 13-9, including a victory over a nationally ranked opponent. They are the No. 1 seeded team at this weekend's invitational, and Ive is the fifth ranked singles player.

Marsland checked in at No. 44 in the singles rankings, a career best for the senior. Last season, he maintained a 27-11 record.

Junior Japie De Klerk enters the season ranked No. 73, as he ended the 2012 spring season with a No. 117 ranking.

Joining Tulsa in the tournament will be Arkansas, Texas A&M, Texas, Texas Tech, Tulsa, TCU, Wichita State and Rice.