Men's Tennis has Two Ranked Singles and Two Ranked Doubles Team
Feb. 12, 2014
SKILLMAN, N.J. - The University of Tulsa men's tennis team has two ranked singles and two ranked doubles team after the International Tennis Association released its poll and the women's tennis team improved its ranking up two spots.
Senior Clifford Marsland, who was named Conference USA Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week on Tuesday, is ranked No. 74 in singles after being unranked after the first poll of the season.
The Perth, Australia native has gone 7-1 at the No. 2 singles position this season with his only loss to No. 16 Hunter Reese of Tennessee. Marsland has gone 2-1 against nationally ranked opponents and 4-1 against regionally ranked opponents.
Japie De Klerk also went from unranked to No. 106 in singles as he went 5-4 at the No. 1 singles position this season.
De Klerk's best win came when he defeated No. 34 Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee 6-4, 6-1.
Marsland and McCloskey are ranked No. 20 after being unranked at the beginning of the season. The duo has posted a 6-3 record this season and has a 3-2 record against nationally ranked opponents, including a win over Harvard's No. 17 doubles team of Casey MacMaster and Denis Nguyen last Sunday.
De Klerk and Espejo also went from unranked to No. 47 as the duo posted a 7-2 record this season at the No. 2 doubles position and has posted a 2-0 record against nationally ranked opponents and a 4-0 record against regionally ranked opponents.
On the women's side, the Golden Hurricane moved up two spots from No. 28 to No. 26 after defeating host No. 30 Purdue 5-2 last Sunday and is riding a four-match winning streak.
Senior Samantha Vickers is ranked tied for No. 69 after posting a 5-2 record at the No. 1 singles position, including a 2-1 record against nationally ranked opponents and a 4-2 record against regionally ranked opponents.
Freshman Yelena Nemchen is ranked No. 96 and has posted a 3-2 record this season and has won her last two matches.
The men's tennis team returns home for a four-match homestand starting with No. 64 Arkansas (6-3) on Friday at 6 p.m. and No. 50 Michigan State (4-4) on Sunday at noon.
The women's tennis team returns home for a three-match homestand starting with SMU (1-3) on Saturday at 9 a.m.
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