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Tulsa's McMurray Named Central Region Coach of the Year

Paige McMurray- 2000 Central Region Coach of the Year
Paige McMurray- 2000 Central Region Coach of the Year
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  University of Tulsa Head Women's Tennis Coach Paige McMurray has been named the Central Region Coach of the Year, following a vote by the region's head coaches.

  In just her second season as head coach, McMurray led Tulsa to a 21-6 overall mark, the best record and most wins in one season ever for TU women's tennis team, a second-place finish at the Western Athletic Conference Tournament and a first-place finish in the Central Region.

  Although the Hurricane broke into the national polls for the first time during the 1996-97 campaign, Tulsa achieved the highest ranking in school history on April 5, 2000, when the Hurricane was ranked as the 23rd best team in the nation. TU ranked among the nation's top-50 teams for most of the 1999-2000 season. Tulsa completed the regular season with a school-best 13-match win streak. McMurray also led the Hurricane to a 7-1 home mark (including two NCAA matches) and a record of 11-6 against nationally ranked opponents. Tulsa finished as the Oklahoma "State Champs". For the first time in school history, TU swept all three Oklahoma schools including Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Oral Roberts.

  Perhaps the biggest accomplishment for McMurray, who is a native of Tulsa, was landing the school's first-ever NCAA Championship selection in 1999-2000. Tulsa not only received its first-ever bid, but served the host site for the first and second rounds. The Hurricane defeated #28 Minnesota in the first round before falling to #14 Northwestern in the round of 32.

  McMurray has an overall record of 33-14 (.702) in two seasons as TU's head coach.