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March 14, 2001

TU Hosts In-State Rival Oklahoma State, Faces LSU, Tulane in Key Road Matches:
On Wednesday, March 14, Tulsa (8-1) and in-state rival Oklahoma State (9-3) face off at 2:00 p.m. at the Harwell Courts on the TU campus. The TU-OSU contest also marks a battle between the top teams in the Central Region. Tulsa is ranked No. 32 nationally, while Oklahoma State is ranked No. 27. Last season, Tulsa finished the year as the top squad in the region. The last time the Hurricane and Cowgirls squared off was a year ago in Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane routed the then 45th-ranked OSU Cowgirls, 7-2. On Friday, March 16, Tulsa treks to Baton Rouge, La., to face 26th-ranked LSU (9-3) at 2:00 p.m. A day later in New Orleans, La., the Golden Hurricane invades the campus of Tulane University for a 10:00 a.m. matchup with the 47th-ranked Green Wave (2-8).

Golden Hurricane Storms Past Hawaii, Xavier:
Last week, Tulsa faced Western Athletic Conference member Hawaii and the Xavier Musketeers in Honolulu, Hawaii. In the first match against the Rainbow Wahine, 32nd-ranked Tulsa captured five of six singles matches as well as two of the double contests, to claim the doubles point and post a 6-1 victory over Hawaii. A day later in Honolulu, Tulsa breezed to a 7-0 victory over Xavier. TU swept both the single and doubles matches for its second shutout this season.

Tulsa Ranked 32nd Nationally, Second Highest Among Central Region Teams:
In this week's WingspanBank.com Collegiate Tennis Rankings, Tulsa is the 32nd-ranked team in the nation. The Hurricane is the second highest nationally-ranked team in the Central Region and the third-highest team in the WAC. Number 27 Oklahoma State is the only team in the region with a higher ranking than Tulsa, while Fresno State and TCU are the first- and second-ranked teams in the league at No. 28 and No. 30, respectively.

DeSpain, Sedivec Ranked 17th In The Nation:
TU's top doubles team of Jennifer DeSpain (Edmond, Okla.) and junior Jana Sedivec (Montreal, Canada) is ranked No. 17 in this week's WingspanBank.com Collegiate Tennis Rankings. 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 18-5 overall this season and 6-2 in dual matches. The duo entered the national polls at No. 18 on Feb. 14.

Durska Moves into Eighth Place Among TU's Winningest Singles Players:
Tulsa sophomore sensation Aleksandra Durska (Pobiedziska, Poland) has moved into eighth-place among TU's winningest singles players. With 49 career victories in just under two seasons, Durska is just three wins shy of catching former Hurricane players Tatiana Chtcherbakova's (1995-99) and Heidi Brown's (1992-96) sixth-place record of 52 career wins.

Durska Ranked 87th in National Singles Polls:
In this week's WingspanBank.com Collegiate Tennis Rankings, Aleksandra Durska is ranked at No. 87 among the nation's top-100 singles players. Durska broke into the nation's top-100 at No. 80 on Feb. 12, 2001. Last week, she was ranked 97th in the country. Durska leads the team in singles wins with a 21-6 record and is 9-1 at the No. 2 doubles slot with classmate Marjolein van Dongen (Woerden, Holland).