C-USA Men's Tennis Championship: Tulsa 4, UCF 3

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Clifford Marsland, Tulsa
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April 20, 2012

ORLANDO, Fla. - Top seed and No. 23 Tulsa edged host and No. 9 seed UCF in quarterfinal action of the 2012 Conference USA Men's Tennis Championship. The two teams split the single matches, 3-3, before the Golden Hurricane claimed the doubles point to advance to semifinal action Saturday at the UCF Tennis Complex in Orlando, Fla.

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Tulsa 4, UCF 3

Tulsa (16-8) scored the doubles points by winning at the No. 2 and 3 spots. Coming off the courts first was sophomore Japie De Klerk and freshman Alejandro Espejo. The duo eliminated UCF's junior Juan Bolona and sophomore Matthew Gladstone, 8-1. Tulsa juniors Grant Ive and junior Tristan Jackson defeated juniors Jorge Blasco and junior Mario Samson, 7-5, for the victory.

UCF (10-13) scored the first two points of the match at the No. 5 and 6 singles positions as Samson downed Jackson of Tulsa, 6-7 (1), 6-2. Senior Joe Delinks tallied a 7-6 (5), 6-1 win over freshman Alejandro Espejo. Tulsa got on the board at the No. 3 singles as senior and No. 85 Ashley Watling edged sophomore Mitch Thams, 6-4, 6-1.

Ive knotted the score at 2-2 for the Golden Hurricane with a three-set win over Bolona, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 , at No. 4 singles. The Knights bounced back as junior Blasco picked up a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles over DeKlerk. Single action concluded at 3-3, forcing doubles play, as Tulsa's top-ranked player, No. 94 junior Clifford Marsland survived a three-set battle against sophomore Erik Brunskog, 0-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Potential weather in the Orlando area has single matches being played first.

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MATCH 2
#23 TULSA 4, UCF 3
SINGLES
1. Jorge Blasco, UCF def. #103 Japie De Klerk, Tulsa 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
2. #94 Clifford Marsland, Tulsa def. Erik Brunskog, UCF, 0-6, 6-3, 7-5
3. #85 Ashley Watling, Tulsa def. Mitch Thams, UCF, 6-4, 6-1
4. Grant Ive, Tulsa def. Juan Bolona, UCF, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
5. Mario Samson, UCF def. Tristan Jackson, Tulsa, 6-7 (1), 6-2
6. Joe Delinks, UCF def. Lucian Gheorghe, Tulsa, 7-6 (5), 6-1

Order of finish: 5, 6, 3, 4, 1, 2

DOUBLES
1. #9 Ashley Watling/Clifford Marsland, Tulsa vs. Joe Delinks/Mitch Thams, UCF - DNF
2. Grant Ive/Tristan Jackson, Tulsa def. Jorge Blasco/Mario Samson, UCF, 7-5
3. Japie De Klerk/Alejandro Espejo, Tulsa def. Juan Bolona/Matthew Gladstone, UCF, 8-1

Order of finish: 2, 3

TEAM RECORDS: UCF (10-13) and Tulsa (16-8)

2012 C-USA MEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP
UCF Tennis Complex // Orlando, Fla. // April 19-22

FIRST ROUND - Thursday, April 19
Match 1: (9) UCF 4, (8) East Carolina 0

QUARTERFINALS - Friday, April 20
Morning Session
Match 2: (1) Tulsa 4, (9) UCF 3
Match 3: (4) UAB vs. (5) Tulane - 11 a.m.
Afternoon Session
Match 4: (2) Memphis vs. (7) Southern Miss - 2 p.m.
Match 5: (3) Rice vs. (6) SMU - 5 p.m.

SEMIFINALS - Saturday, April 21
Match 6: (1) Tulsa vs. winner of Match 3 - 12 p.m.
Match 7: winner of Match 4 vs. winner of Match 5 - 3 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIP - Sunday, April 22
Match 8: winner of Match 6 vs. winner of Match 7 (FSN) - 12 p.m.

All times are Eastern and subject to change

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