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.
[assetId:180287:2013 DI MEN'S TENNIS INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP ASSET]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.