Tulsa juniors De Klerk, Marlsand advance to NCAA singles Round of 32
URBANA, Ill. -- Juniors Japie De Klerk and Clifford Marlsand won their first-round matches to move onto the Round of 32 at the 2013 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships at the Atkins Tennis Center hosted by the University of Illinois on Wednesday.
After dropping the initial set in his showdown with No. 63 Valente 6-1, No. 41 De Klerk earned a come-from-behind 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 triumph. After De Klerk surged out to a 5-2 advantage in the second frame, Valente took four of the next five games to knot the match at six. In the second-set tiebreaker, De Klerk jumped out to an early lead and never looked back en route to winning the breaker 7-3. De Klerk finished the match with a 6-3 third-set triumph to advance to the next round.
“I was a bit tight to start off the match,” De Klerk said. “When I figured out my opponent, I started to hit my groove and played a solid third set.”
No. 56 Marsland defeated No. 14 Scholtz in a 6-4, 6-3, match that featured an hour-long rain delay in the middle of the contest’s first game.
“I’m excited to get through the first round and start off tournament on a positive note,” Marsland said. “I’m happy with my preparation for this tournament and I’m just taking it one match at a time, trying to play my style of tennis.”
De Klerk will face No. 49-ranked Jarryd Botha of Alabama, who upset No. 7-ranked Emilo Gomez of USC 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5. Marsland will match up against No. 37 Soren Hess-Olessen of Texas on Thursday.