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Tulsa Women's Tennis Weekly Release #8

The Tulsa trio of senior Jennifer DeSpain (left), Head Coach Paige McMurray (center) and sophomore Aleksandra Durska (right) will look to close out the regular season on a high note this week in San Diego.
The Tulsa trio of senior Jennifer DeSpain (left), Head Coach Paige McMurray (center) and sophomore Aleksandra Durska (right) will look to close out the regular season on a high note this week in San Diego.
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April 17, 2001

TU Closes Out Regular Season on the West Coast:
This week, the 34th-ranked Tulsa Golden Hurricane (13-6) concludes its regular season with two matches on the West Coast against San Diego (9-8) and San Diego State (13-7).

On Thursday, April 19, Tulsa battles San Diego at 3:30 p.m. The last time the Golden Hurricane and Toreros met was during the 1997-98 season. In that match, the #32-ranked San Diego topped TU, 6-3.

A day later, Tulsa squares off against former Western Athletic Conference rival San Diego State at 4:00 p.m. In just one of six losses last season, Tulsa dropped a narrow, 5-4, decision to the Aztecs in the last meeting between the schools. Both matches will be played in San Diego.

Hurricane Sweeps Oregon, Kansas:
Tulsa's Aleksandra Durska (Pobiedziska, Poland) captured a 6-3, 6-4 win at the No. 2 singles spot over Oregon's Jeanette Mattsson to snap a 3-3 tie and give the Hurricane a 4-3 victory over the Ducks. A day later, in the final regular season home match ever to be played at the Harwell Tennis Courts, Tulsa's 34th-ranked women's tennis team captured an impressive 6-1 victory over 48th-ranked Kansas.

Durska Reaching Elite Status:
In just under two seasons, sophomore sensation Aleksandra Durska has won the second most matches in a two-year period. With 28 wins a year ago and 27 this season, Durska's 55 victories ranks second behind former Tulsa All-American Anousjka van Exel's 73 wins from 1997-99. Durska's 27 wins this season ranks fourth among TU's single-season leaders. She needs one more to tie her third-place mark of 28 set last season and four more victories to tie van Exel's second-place record of 31 wins set during the 1998-99 season.

On TU's career list, Durska is now just four wins shy of catching former Hurricane Tarryn Martin's (1994-98) fifth-place mark of 57.

Hurricane Warnings:
With its 6-1 victory over Kansas in the final home match of the regular season, Tulsa concluded the season with a 7-2 record at home. Over the last three seasons, TU has chalked up an impressive 19-4 mark on its home court.

TU senior Jennifer DeSpain (Edmond, Okla.) clinched the Kansas match for the Hurricane with her 89th career singles victory. DeSpain, the school's all-time winningest singles player, capped off her final home appearance with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over KU's Courtney Steinbock at the No. 3 position.

The 2001 WAC Men's and Women's Tennis Championships will take place at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center on the campus of Fresno State University, April 27-29.

Since Paige McMurray took over the reigns of the Tulsa women's tennis program prior to the 1998-99 season, the Golden Hurricane has won more matches over the last three years than any other three-year period in school history. With two matches remaining in the regular season, TU is 46-20 (.700) under McMurray.