Tulsa Weekly Tennis Release #5
March 28, 2001
TU Begins Three-Match Road Trip in Houston:
This weekend, Tulsa treks to Arizona for matches against the Arizona Wildcats and the Arizona State Sun Devils.
On Saturday, March 31, the Hurricane closes out the month with a 12 noon contest against 46th-ranked Arizona (5-8, 1-5 Pac-10) in Tucson, Ariz.
A day later on Sunday, April 1, TU begins the month with a 12 noon match against 13th-ranked Arizona State (12-3, 5-3 Pac-10) in Tempe, Ariz. Tulsa faced ASU in Tempe a year ago and dropped a 9-0 decision to the then 11th-ranked Sun Devils.
Tulsa's Van Dongen Receives WAC Player of the Week Honors:
With the match on the line, van Dongen secured No. 52 Tulsa's 4-3 upset at home over league foe, No. 42 SMU, by topping the Mustangs' newcomer Kit Carson, 6-3, 6-4. Earlier in the contest, van Dongen teamed with classmate Aleksandra Durska (Pobiedziska, Poland) to overpower SMU's Chrissie Terrill and Katie Pruett, 8-1, giving the Golden Hurricane an early advantage.
Golden Hurricane Upsets SMU, 4-3:
TU senior Jennifer DeSpain (Edmond, Okla.) and junior Jana Sedivec (Montreal, Canada) captured the No. 1 doubles match, 8-3, while van Dongen and Aleksandra Durska wrapped up the doubles point with an 8-1 victory at the No. 2 position. DeSpain and Sedivec also claimed singles wins at their respective positions.
TU's Van Dongen On Record Pace:
Aleksandra Durska's 22 singles wins this season ranks sixth among TU's single-season leaders. She needs six more victories to tie her career single-season mark of 28 wins, which she recorded last season.
With her singles win against SMU, Jana Sedivec moved into 10th place among TU's career singles leaders with 47 career victories.
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