Spring collegiate seasons are winding down. The Conference USA men’s and women’s tennis tournaments were played over the weekend. The conference’s women’s teams traveled to Norfolk, Va., and the men’s teams came to the University of Tulsa.
Tulsa entered both tournaments as the top seed, earning a free pass to the quarterfinals.
In the women’s team’s first match of the tournament on Friday, the Golden Hurricane held off the ninth seed Blue Raiders from Middle Tennessee 4–3 in a lengthy battle that would last nearly six hours.
Photo by Sara Douglas. The TU men’s tennis team finished their stay in Conference USA on home court by winning the end-of-season C-USA tournament for the seventh time in nine years.
Photo by Sara Douglas. James Flanders had two rushing touchdowns over 40 yards in the half-field scrimmage in the football team’s spring game and true freshman Jabe Burgess was five-of-eight passing for 64 yards and two touchdowns.
Photo by Will Bramlett. The TU men’s soccer team played their cross-town rivals, the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, to a nil-nil draw in an exhibition match Friday night at Hurricane Stadium. The team plays Creighton at home on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Photo by Will Bramlett. The TU women’s rowing team put on a show for Golden Hurricane fans who made the trip to Catoosa, Okla. early Saturday morning. A Tulsa boat finished first, beating SMU and Creighton, in all seven races of the eighth Lawless Cup. The Lawless Cup is named for former TU President, Dr. Robert Lawless, and his wife, Marcy.
The marathon win earned the Golden Hurricane the right to play the Marshall Thundering Herd in the semi-finals. While not another six-hour match, the teams battled for nearly four hours, but TU held off another determined opponent by a score of 4–2.
Tulsa faced the defending conference champions and No. 29. ranked Rice Owls Sunday morning. The Owls, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, jumped out to a 3–0 lead which was too much for TU to catch. The Owls beat the Golden Hurricane 4–2.
The men’s team’s first match was also Friday afternoon. The Golden Hurricane would start the tournament by dominating the Southern Miss Golden Eagles 4–0.
The Golden Hurricane showed its force again Saturday by devastating the Rice Owls with another 4–0 victory.
Tulsa’s win would bring the Golden Hurricane back to a place it has become very familiar with since TU joined Conference USA in 2005: the conference title match. The Golden Hurricane has played for the men’s tennis title every year as a member of Conference USA.
In all of those matches, TU has only lost twice. In 2013, TU lost as the top seed 4–2 to the No. 2-seed Memphis Tigers and top-seeded Tulsa lost to the second seed Rice Owls 4–2 in 2010.
The team’s determination to leave Conference USA on top paid off Sunday afternoon as the Golden Hurricane once again took home first place with another 4–0 victory, this time over No. 2 seed Tulane Green Wave.
The NCAA men’s regionals will begin May 8 while the women’s NCAA regionals begin the next day. The seeding for the NCAA tournament will be announced at 4 p.m. on April 29 on NCAA.com. Following that, the women’s bracket will be released at 4:30 p.m.
Both tournaments will finish in Athens, Ga. at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex at the University of Georgia beginning May 15 and running through May 26.
The TU rowing team hosted the eighth Lawless Cup Regatta in Catoosa, Okla. Saturday morning. Teams from SMU and Creighton traveled to Oklahoma to compete.
Fans lined up alongside the Verdigris River to watch the Golden Hurricane finish a boat in first place in all seven races.
The Varsity 4+ boat finished the race, which went from approximately the I-44 bridge to the finish line just before the OK-66 bridge, with a time of 7:36.34, more than 18 seconds ahead of the second place boat from Creighton.
Tulsa’s Varsity 8+ boat had a fantastic run, finishing the race with a time of 6:38.5, edging out the boats from SMU and Creighton which finished with a time of 6:45.27 and 6:51.28, respectively.
Next up for the team is the UCF Invitational in Orlando, Fla. this Saturday and Sunday.