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TU Women's Tennis To Play Kansas In Final Home Match at Harwell Courts

TU senior Jennifer DeSpain plays the final home match of her career this Saturday against Kansas.
TU senior Jennifer DeSpain plays the final home match of her career this Saturday against Kansas.
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April 13, 2001

Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa's 34th-ranked women's tennis team will play its final home match of the regular season this Saturday against Central Region rival and 48th-ranked Kansas at 12 noon. The match also marks the final contest for the Hurricane at the Harwell Tennis Courts. Next season, Tulsa will play its home matches at the new state-of-the-art Michael D. Case Tennis Center, which is expected to open in Sept. 2001.

Tulsa enters the contest with a 12-6 overall record, while Kansas is 10-8 for the 2000-2001 campaign. The Hurricane has posted back-to-back home wins coming into the KU contest, while the Jayhawks have dropped their last two outings.

The TU-KU contest will also mark the final home match for Tulsa senior Jennifer DeSpain. DeSpain, the school's all-time winningest singles player with a career singles record of 88-43 (.672) and a doubles mark of 74-44 (.627), has led Tulsa to a four-year overall record of 57-34 (.626). A two-time Western Athletic Conference doubles team selection, she is a three-time member of the all-WAC Academic team and was a GTE Academic all-District VI second-team performer a year ago.

Last season, the Hurricane posted a 5-2 victory over KU at the Kansas Invitational in Lawrence. The victory, TU's first-ever against the Jayhawks, was also memorable for DeSpain. In perhaps the biggest comeback in TU history, DeSpain rallied from a 5-0 third-set deficit to defeat Kansas' Julia Sidorova, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5.