Feb. 28, 2001
TU Begins Spring 2001 Campaign With 6-0 Start:
Tulsa is off to its best start in school history at 6-0. The Hurricane is 1-0 against the nation's top-75 teams and 5-0 vs. unranked teams. Over the past two seasons, the Hurricane has a combined record of 27-6 (.818) and a home mark of 15-3 (.833) over the last three seasons.
Durska Named WAC Player of the Week:
Tulsa sophomore sensation Aleksandra Durska (Pobiedziska, Poland) was named the Western Athletic Conference women's tennis Player of the Week for matches played during Feb. 5-11.
Durska was 3-0 at the No. 2 singles position and 3-0 in doubles at the CU-Harvest House Invitational. In singles, she defeated Colorado's Karoline Graeubig (6-4, 6-3), Amy Thomas of Minnesota (4-6, 6-2, 6-2) and Colorado State's Sanja Hansson (6-4, 6-2). She is now 6-0 in dual matches. In doubles action with Marjolein van Dongen (Woerden, Holland), the TU duo topped teams from Colorado (8-5), Minnesota (8-2) and Colorado State (8-6).
Tulsa Battles TCU in 2000 WAC Championship Rematch:
The Golden Hurricane (6-0) returns to action this Friday, when it hosts defending WAC champion, 36th-ranked TCU (2-2), at 1:00 p.m. at the Harwell Tennis Courts on the TU campus. TU and TCU split its two matches a year ago. The Hurricane won the regular season match, 5-4, in Fort Worth, but lost the 2000 WAC Championship, 5-3.
Tulsa Ranked 25th Nationally, Highest among Central Region and WAC Teams:
In this week's WingspanBank.com Collegiate Tennis Rankings, Tulsa is the 25th-ranked team in the nation. The ranking is the third-highest in school history. TU achieved its highest ranking of No. 23 a year ago. The Golden Hurricane is the highest nationally-ranked team in both the WAC and Central Region. Fresno State is the next highest ranked team in the conference at No. 33, while Oklahoma State trails Tulsa in the Central Region at No. 30.
DeSpain/Sedivec Ranked 28th in the Nation:
TU's top doubles team of Jennifer DeSpain (Edmond, Okla.) and junior Jana Sedivec (Montreal, Canada) is the 28th-ranked doubles duo in the country. The ranking is the second-best in school history. The highest a TU doubles tandem has ever been ranked was No. 15 by DeSpain and former Hurricane All-American Anouskja van Exel (1997-99). DeSpain and Sedivec are 15-5 overall this season and 3-2 in dual matches.
DeSpain Becomes Winningest Singles Player During the Fall Season:
Tulsa senior Jennifer DeSpain became the school's all-time winningest singles player with her 6-1, 6-0, victory over Whitney Wells of San Diego State on Sept. 30. DeSpain's win was her 74th career singles win. She surpassed former Hurricane two-time All-American Anousjka van Exel's (1997-99) career mark of 73. DeSpain currently boasts a career singles record of 80-39 (.672) and a doubles mark of 67-38 (.640).
Durska Breaks into National Singles Polls:
In this week's WingspanBank.com Collegiate Tennis Rankings, Aleksandra Durska is ranked at No. 97 among the nation's top-100 singles players. Durska broke into the nation's top-100 last week at No. 80.