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Men's Tennis To Compete At USTA/ITA Central Region Championship

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Oct. 18, 2012

TULSA, Okla. - The University of Tulsa men's tennis team will take its talents to Minneapolis, Minn., to take part in the USTA/ITA Central Region Championship on October 18-22 hosted by the University of Minnesota.

About The Tournament: There will be 17 universities represented in this year's edition of the Central Region Championship. The tournament will begin Oct. 18 with two rounds of qualifying, and the Main Draw will run from Oct. 19-22. Tulsa will not have any players in the qualifying rounds.

The Central Region champions will earn automatic bids to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, Nov. 8-11, in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. 

Last Time Out: Junior Japie De Klerk saw his ITA-All American Championships run draw to a close in the quarterfinals on Saturday, October 6, at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

De Klerk, the No. 73-ranked player in the nation, lost a 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5) match to Georgia's KU Singh, the No. 10 player in the country and the eighth-seeded player in the tournament.

De Klerk did earn a spot in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships by making the quarterfinals of the ITA-All American Championships.

A Year Ago: Ashley Watling and Clifford Marsland became the 2011 USTA/ITA Central Region Men's Doubles Champions at the Case Tennis Center.

The No. 4-ranked duo battled to a 9-7 triumph over the No. 13 team of Benedikt Lindheim and Christopher Aumueller of Nebraska.

The Cornhusker tandem, seeded second in the tournament, was able to break Marsland's first two service games and build a 6-4 advantage in the eight-game pro set.

The top seeded Golden Hurricane duo righted the ship and began to impose their will in the latter stages of the match, as they secured five of the last six games to capture the championship.



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