Mustangs Fall To Tulsa In Conference USA Semifinals, 4-2
April 20, 2013
SMU (11-10) fell behind 1-0 as Tulsa (15-6) took the first two doubles decisions, at the first and third positions. Clifford Marsland and Alejandro Espejo defeated SMU's 83rd-ranked doubles pair Arturs Kazijevs and Mischa Nowicki 8-2, while Carlos Bautista and Japie De Klerk beat Nate Lammons and Eduardo Razzeto 8-4.
Tulsa then won the first singles match at the No. 2 spot, with 48th-ranked Marsland beating Gaston Cuadranti in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. SMU bounced back at the fourth spot as Alex Sanders beat Alejandro Espejo 6-4, 6-3. Lammons then fell at the sixth spot to Tristan Jackson 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.
Kazijevs brought SMU back to within one point at 3-2 with a victory over De Klerk, the 41st-ranked player in the nation. His 7-5, 7-5 victory kept the Mustangs alive and within two singles victories of a berth in the C-USA finals.
Tulsa clinched victory, however, with a three-set win at the No. 5 position. Bautista took a 6-1 win in the first set over Nowicki, but Nowicki was able to bounce back in the second set to win 7-6 (7-5). The decisive third set was taken by Bautista, 6-3. Pablo Perez-Esnaola was tied in the third set of his match against Grant Ive when Tulsa sealed the win.
SMU Head Coach Carl Neufeld was proud of his team's effort against a talented Tulsa squad.
"We had a disappointing loss in doubles, although Tulsa is very good in doubles," Neufeld said. "In singles we fought extremely hard and put ourselves in a position to win but didn't. Tulsa is a well-coached team and I congratulate them on an extremely hard-fought match."
The loss concludes SMU's season. Tulsa will play Memphis in the C-USA Championship tomorrow at 12 p.m. CT.
Tennis Match Results
#23 Tulsa 4, #72 SMU 2