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April 25, 2001

TU Begins Quest For WAC Crown Against UTEP, Draws No. 3 Seed:
The 40th-ranked Tulsa Golden Hurricane (13-8) begins its quest for the 2001 Western Athletic Conference women's tennis title this Friday (4/27) at 3:00 p.m. (CST) against UTEP (9-10). The 2001 WAC Women's Tennis Championships will take place at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center on the campus of Fresno State University, April 27-29.

The Golden Hurricane, which is 3-1 in first-round matches, drew the No. 3 seed in the tournament, while the Miners are the six-seeded team. The last time TU and UTEP met was a year ago in El Paso, Texas. Tulsa defeated the then 74th-ranked Miners, 6-3, in that match.

A TU victory would send the Hurricane into a semifinal contest with the winner of the (#7)Rice (10-10)/(#2)TCU (17-3) match.

Tulsa in the WAC Championships:
The 2001 WAC Championship marks Tulsa's fifth straight conference tournament appearance. Since becoming a member of the WAC five years ago, Tulsa boasts a 6-5 mark in the postseason championship. Last year in Fort Worth, Texas, TU defeated Hawaii (5-1) and Fresno State (5-4) in the first two rounds, but came up short against TCU, 5-3, in the WAC title match.

DeSpain Winds Down Stellar Career:
With the regular season behind her, TU senior Jennifer DeSpain (Edmond, Okla.) heads into her fourth and final WAC Championships. DeSpain, the school's all-time winningest singles player with 90 career victories, is second on the team in singles wins this season with 23, which also ranks sixth on the school's single-season win list. A two-time All-WAC doubles selection, DeSpain has led the Hurricane to 58 wins in four seasons.

Durska Ties Own Single-Season Mark, Nears Fifth-place on School's Career Win List:
Sophomore sensation Aleksandra Durska (Pobiedziska, Poland) captured her 28th singles win of the season against San Diego State's Silvia Tornier, 6-3, 6-3. Her 28 wins this season, as well as last season, ranks fourth among TU's single-season leaders. She needs three more victories to tie former Hurricane All-American Anousjka van Exel's second-place record of 31 wins set during the 1998-99 season.

With 56 career wins, Durska is just one win 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.

Sophomore Marjolein van Dongen (Woerden, Holland) entered the 2000-2001 season with 19 career singles victories. Heading into the WAC Championships, van Dongen is just one win away from doubling her win total. This season, she has won a season-high 18 singles matches, which ranks third on the team.