Hello American Athletic Conference: We Are Memphis Women's Tennis GoTigersGo.com continues an introduction to the American Athletic Conference with Women's Tennis
July 22, 2013
Hello American Athletic Conference, We Are Memphis:
On July 1, the University of Memphis officially became a member of the American Athletic Conference. Beginning July 8, GoTigersGo.com brings a daily introduction of each sport at the University of Memphis to the American Athletic Conference. The sport schedule is below with links to previously featured programs.
The Lady Tigers made history in 2013 with the program's first trip to the NCAA Tournament. Memphis upset Florida State in the first round, 4-1, before falling to No. 9 Alabama, 4-0, in the second round.
Tiffany Welcher clinched the win for Memphis over Florida State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on May 10, 2013.
Highlights from Memphis' win over Florida State at the 2013 NCAA Tournament
ITA All-Academic Selections
Memphis has been impressive in the classroom the last several years. In 2012, Memphis was named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team for the third-straight year. Memphis was also an ITA All-Academic Team from 2001-03.
The Lady Tigers posted a 3.614 team GPA in 2012.
The Lady Tigers have placed 20 different netters on the ITA Scholar-Athlete list since 2001 with 11 of those being repeat selections.
Kelly Gray was a four-time ITA Scholar-Athlete at Memphis.
Consecutive Weeks in National Polls
Heading into the 2014 season, Memphis has been nationally ranked in 26-straight weekly polls dating back to March 2012.
Head Coach Lee Taylor Walker guided Memphis to a program-high national ranking of No. 22 on February 26, 2013.
Memphis made the third-highest jump in ITA rankings from 2012 to 2013.
Memphis has garnered 33 all-conference picks since 1989. The Lady Tigers tied a Conference USA women's tennis record in 2013 with six all-conference selections.
Courtney Collins, a four-time All-C-USA selection, became the first Lady Tiger in program history to be named to an all-conference first team in 2011.