Tulsa’s Brugues Breaks School Record in 5-2 Win against No. 71 San Diego
Senior Arnau Brugues broke Tulsa’s all-time career singles wins record, as the 29th-ranked Tulsa men’s tennis team defeated 71st-ranked San Diego, 5-2, on Tuesday afternoon at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center. Tulsa improves to 12-5 on the season and defeats its third straight nationally-ranked opponent.
Brugues, the third-ranked player in the nation, battled from behind to defeat San Diego’s 81st-ranked Dean Jackson, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, in No. 1 singles to pass Nenad Toroman (1996-2000) for first place all-time with 101 career singles wins.
“It’s great to be part of the history of this program,” senior Arnau Brugues said. “There have been a lot of very good tennis players at Tulsa and to break the record is an honor. It was a goal of mine coming into the season when I saw that I had to win 29 matches, and to reach that goal feels great.”
The match started outdoors where Tulsa dropped the doubles point losing in the No. 2 and 3 positions. Third-ranked Arnau Brugues and Philip Stephens picked up Tulsa’s only doubles victory with an 8-2 decision over Chris Coetzee and Charl Wolmarans in the No. 1 slot.
The action moved indoors after weather conditions deteriorated shortly after the start of singles play. Once inside, the Hurricane bounced back with freshman Ashley Watling quickly disposing of Nicola Bubnic, 6-3, 6-2, in No. 4 singles to tie the match a 1-1. San Diego recaptured the lead when Chris Coetzee defeated junior Philip Stephens, 6-3, 6-4, in the No. 3 position.
Tulsa came back and tied the match at 2-2 when junior Marko Ballok beat Nils Schive, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, in No. 6 singles, and then took the 3-2 lead with Brugues’ record-setting win over 81st-ranked Dean Jackson in No. 1 singles.
Senior Alberto Sottocorno clinched the TU victory with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), win over Charl Wolmarans in the No. 2 position. Freshman Wojciech Starakiewicz finished the match with a tough 7-6 (1), 4-6, 7-6 (2), win against Nils Schive in No. 6 singles.
Tulsa is back in action this weekend when they travel to the state of California to play three matches in four days. The Hurricane plays 61st-ranked Michigan State at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 13, and 60th-ranked California at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, in Berkeley, Calif. Tulsa then travels to Los Angeles, Calif., to play 13th-ranked Southern California at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 16.