WACO, Texas - Freshman Carlos Bautista earned a 7-5, 6-2 triumph at No. 5 singles to propel the No. 25-ranked Tulsa men's tennis squad to a 4-1 victory over No. 43 Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA Championship on Friday at the Hurd Tennis Center.
Tulsa (16-7) will face No. 13 Baylor tomorrow night at 6 p.m. as the winner will advance to the Round of 16 at the NCAA Championships in Champaign, Ill. This marks the second matchup of the season between the two squads, as the Golden Hurricane defeated the Bears, 5-2, on Feb. 3 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
The Hurricane clinched the doubles point, as the senior duo of Grant Ive and Tristan Jackson defeated John Patrick Mullane and Drew Lied, 8-3, on Court 2. Junior Japie De Klerk and freshman Carlos Bautista teamed up for an 8-2 win over Aaron Pfister and Denis Bogatov on Court 3 to seal the point for TU.
Tulsa jumped out to a 2-0 advantage after No. 41-ranked De Klerk dispatched No. 11-3 ranked Pfister, 6-3, 6-1 on the top court.
On Court 3, Ive took down Bogatov, 6-4, 6-1, to propel TU to a 3-0 lead.
After freshman Lucas Vaz dropped his match on Court 6, Bautista clinched the match with his 7-5, 6-2, win over Gijs Linders of MSU on Court 5.
On Court 4, sophomore Alejandro Espejo was up 6-4, 5-3, against John Patrick Mullane and Marsland was tied 6-3, 4-6, 3-3, when his match against Drew Lied at No. 2 singles was halted.
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#25 Tulsa 4, #43 Michigan State University 1
May 10, 2013 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center)
1. #41 Japie De Klerk (TLS) def. #113 Aaron Pfister (MSU) 6-3, 6-1
2. #56 Clifford Marsland (TLS) vs. Drew Lied (MSU) 6-3, 4-6, 3-3, unfinished
3. Grant Ive (TLS) def. Denis Bogatov (MSU) 6-4, 6-1
4. Alejandro Espejo (TLS) vs. John Patrick Mullane (MSU) 6-4, 5-3, unfinished
5. Carlos Baustista (TLS) def. Gijs Linders (MSU) 7-5, 6-2
6. Harry Jadun (MSU) def. Lucas Vaz (TLS) 6-1, 6-3
1. Clifford Marsland/Alejandro Espejo (TLS) vs. Harry Jadun/Gijs Linders (MSU) 7-3, unfinished
2. Grant Ive/Tristan Jackson (TLS) def. John Patrick Mullane/Drew Lied (MSU) 8-3
3. Japie De Klerk/Carlos Baustista (TLS) def. Aaron Pfister/Denis Bogatov (MSU) 8-2
Michigan State University 14-14; National ranking #43
Tulsa 16-7; National ranking #25
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,3,6,5)
NCAA Championship First Round