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TU Women's Tennis Team to Host Eighth Annual Hurricane Invitational

Jennifer DeSpain (left) Head Coach Paige McMurray (center) and Aleksandra Durska (right)
Jennifer DeSpain (left) Head Coach Paige McMurray (center) and Aleksandra Durska (right)
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Oct. 12, 2000

Tulsa, Oklahoma - The University of Tulsa women's tennis team will host the Eighth Annual Hurricane Invitational this weekend at the Harwell Courts on the TU campus. The three-day event will begin on Friday and run through Sunday. Matches will begin at 9:00 a.m. each day and are expected to last all day.

This year's six-team field includes Kansas, New Mexico State, Oklahoma State, Oral Roberts, TCU and Tulsa. Five of the six schools completed the 2000 spring campaign ranked among the nation's top-75 squads including Tulsa (#25), TCU (#26), Oklahoma State (#48), Kansas (#68) and New Mexico State (#75).

Tulsa third-year Head Coach Paige McMurray returns six letterwinners from last season's 21-6 NCAA Tournament squad. Edmond, Okla., native Jennifer DeSpain, who is TU's lone senior, returns to lead the Hurricane. DeSpain became the school's all-time winningest singles player with career victory number 74 against Whitney Wells of San Diego State, 6-1, 6-0, at the San Diego Invitational in September.

A trio of juniors returns to provide proven leadership for the Hurricane including Lauren Allen, Bianca Posada and Jana Sedivec. Allen transferred to TU from the University of Oklahoma prior to the 2000 spring season, while Posada and Sedivec posted 21-16 and 20-16 singles record, respectively, last season.

The sophomore duo Aleksandra Durska and Marjolein van Dongen each return for the 2000-01 campaign. Last season, Durska turned in the most prolific performance in school history by a freshman. She led the team in singles wins with an overall mark 28-7 and recorded a dual match record of 22-3 during the spring. Durska's 28 victories ranks third on TU's single-season wins list and are the most in school history by a freshman. She also re-established the school's mark for consecutive wins with 20. Durska is just the third freshman in school history to reach the 20-win plateau. She was named to the all-WAC singles team for her effort. Van Dongen recorded a 13-9 singles mark at the bottom of the singles lineup

Tulsa recorded the best season in school history in 1999-2000, with a first-place finish in the Central Region and a runner-up finish at the Western Athletic Conference Tournament, the school's best finish as a WAC member. TU defeated #28 Minnesota, 4-3, in the first round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament and fell to #14 Northwestern, 5-0, in the second round.