April 3, 2001
TU to Host Arkansas-Little Rock This Weekend:
Tulsa (10-6) returns to the friendly confines of the Harwell Tennis Courts on Saturday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m. when the Golden Hurricane hosts the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans (10-8).
TU is 4-2 at home this season and boasts a regular season home mark of 16-4 over the last three years. UALR enters the match on a two-match win streak, while Tulsa will look to end a two-match skid against the Trojans.
Hurricane Completes Three-Match Road Swing With A 1-2 Mark:
Last week, the 33rd-ranked Golden Hurricane completed a three-match road swing with a 1-2 record. TU began the week at Houston where the Hurricane captured five of six singles matches en route to a 5-1 dominating performance against the Cougars.
Tulsa then dropped a 4-3 heartbreaker to the 46th-ranked Arizona Wildcats in Tucson on Saturday. A day later, the 13th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils won all three doubles matches and six singles contests to record a 7-0 victory against Tulsa.
Durska Moves Into Sixth-Place Among TU's Career Singles Leaders:
TU sophomore sensation Aleksandra Durska (Pobiedziska, Poland) notched her 24th win of the season with a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, victory over Laresa Marino of Arizona. With 24 victories this season, she moved into fifth-place among Tulsa's single-season leaders. She needs four more victories to tie her career single-season mark of 28 wins she recorded last season.
Her 24 wins this season, coupled with the 28 from last season, gives her 52 career victories and moves her into sixth-place among the Hurricane's all-time leaders.
Durska is now just five wins shy of catching former Hurricane Tarryn Martin's (1994-98) fifth-place mark of 57.
Sedivec Upsets Nation's 79th-Ranked Player, Moves Into Ninth-Place on TU's Singles List:
Last week, Tulsa junior Jana Sedivec (Montreal, Canada) claimed her first upset of a nationally-ranked singles player this season when she upended 79th-ranked Michelle Gough of Arizona, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.
The win also gave Sedivec 49 victories for her career, which moved her into ninth place among TU's career singles leaders.
Tulsa's Van Dongen Receives WAC Player of the Week Honors:
Tulsa sophomore Marjolein van Dongen (Woerden, Holland) was named the Western Athletic Conference women's tennis Player of the Week for matches played March 19-25.
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 to overpower SMU's Chrissie Terrill and Katie Pruett, 8-1, giving the Golden Hurricane an early advantage.
Tulsa senior Jennifer DeSpain (Edmond, Okla.) is just one win shy of reaching the 20-win plateau for the fourth straight season. Last season, DeSpain became the first TU player to record 20 or more victories in three straight seasons. She has a singles mark of 19-9 for the 2000-01 campaign.