Hurricane Reigns In Season Opener, Prep For Showdown With No. 19 California

TULSA, Okla. – The University of Tulsa men’s tennis team posted identical 7-0 sweeps over both Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Oral Roberts University Wednesday inside Case Tennis Center to open the 2011 spring campaign.

The Golden Hurricane did not drop a set in any match as the home team simply outmatched the visiting Lions and Golden Eagles.

TU was led by sophomore Alastair Barnes, who was a perfect 4-0 on the day. He defeated UAPB’s Eduardo Luque 6-3, 6-3, and he also cruised past ORU’s Dmitry Suslov 6-3, 6-4. Barnes teamed up with fellow sophomore Grant Ive and defeated UAPB’s David Gomez and Tito Bonadonna 8-2. The TU duo also dispatched of ORU’s Mikhail Trukshanin and Matthew Tansil 8-1.

Ive won his lone singles match in a 6-4, 6-1 rout over Bonadonna.

Freshman Japie De Klerk made his Golden Hurricane debut and lost just four games in his two singles matches. He defeated Gomez 6-1, 6-0 and took down Tansil 6-1, 6-2.

De Klerk also competed in doubles against the Golden Eagles. He and junior Rusty Turpin blew past Matthew Prevost and Elliot Butay 8-0.

Turpin met Prevost in singles action, and easily defeated the ORU foe 6-0, 6-1.

The No. 22-ranked doubles tandem of junior Ashley Watling and Clifford Marsland backed up their preseason rank with two dominating performances. They had no problem taking down Hugo Gomez and Luque 8-0, and they had their way with Suslov and Dario Beslic 8-1.

Watling, the No. 89-ranked singles player in the nation, defeated Hugo Gomez 6-1, 6-0 in his lone singles match of the day. Marsland, the No. 96-ranked singles player in the NCAA, defeated Trukshanin 6-1, 6-2.

Sophomore Tristan Jackson won both his singles matches by identical 6-1, 6-0 scores. He took down UAPB’s Jorge Villacis and ORU’s Beslic.

Junior Patrick Collins defeated Butay of ORU 6-0, 6-1 in his lone match of the day.

The Golden Hurricane will begin a treacherous two-match set at 6 p.m. Jan. 13, when the No. 19-ranked University of California comes to Case Tennis Center.

#35 Tulsa 7, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0
Jan 12, 2011 at Tulsa, Okla. (Case Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. #89 Ashley Watling (TLS) def. Hugo Gomez (UAPB) 6-1, 6-0

2. Alastair Barnes (TLS) def. Eduardo Luque (UAPB) 6-3, 6-3

3. Grant Ive (TLS) def. Tito Bonadonna (UAPB) 6-4, 6-1

4. Tristan Jackson (TLS) def. Jorge Villacis (UAPB) 6-1, 6-0

5. Japie De Klerk (TLS) def. David Gomez (UAPB) 6-1, 6-0

6. Rusty Turpin (TLS) def. No player (UAPB), by walkover

Doubles competition

1. #22 Ashley Watling/Clifford Marsland (TLS) def. Hugo Gomez/Eduardo Luque (UAPB) 8-0

2. Alastair Barnes/Grant Ive (TLS) def. David Gomez/Tito Bonadonna (UAPB) 8-2

3. Rusty Turpin/Tristan Jackson (TLS) def. No player/No player (UAPB), by walkover

Match Notes

Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0-1

Tulsa 1-0; National ranking #35

Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,4,1,3,2)

#35 Tulsa 7, Oral Roberts University 0
Jan 12, 2011 at Tulsa, Okla. (Case Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. #96 Clifford Marsland (TLS) def. Mikhail Trukshanin (ORU) 6-1, 6-2

2. Alastair Barnes (TLS) def. Dmitry Suslov (ORU) 6-3, 6-4

3. Tristan Jackson (TLS) def. Dario Beslic (ORU) 6-1, 6-0

4. Japie De Klerk (TLS) def. Matthew Tansil (ORU) 6-1, 6-2

5. Rusty Turpin (TLS) def. Matthew Prevost (ORU) 6-0, 6-1

6. Patrick Collins (TLS) def. Elliot Butay (ORU) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition

1. #22 Ashley Watling/Clifford Marsland (TLS) def. Dmitry Suslov/Dario Beslic (ORU) 8-1

2. Grant Ive/Alastair Barnes (TLS) def. Mikhail Trukshanin/Matthew Tansil (ORU) 8-1

3. Rusty Turpin/Japie De Klerk (TLS) def. Matthew Prevost/Elliot Butay (ORU) 8-0

Match Notes

Oral Roberts University 0-1

Tulsa 2-0; National ranking #35

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,1,6,3,2,4)