Two commencement ceremonies scheduled for Saturday.
Lady Tigers head to Florida to end fall season
Women's Tennis hosts five-day event at The Racquet Club of Memphis
Memphis posted a program-best 3.695 GPA for the 2012-13 academic year
Stapp ranked as high as No. 12 in the country in doubles while at Memphis from 2000-03
Eye of the Tiger is back and this time you get a chance to go behind the scenes of a women's tennis team practice as they take to the courts at the Racquet Club of Memphis.
The Memphis Tiger Network sat down with head women's tennis coach Lee Taylor Walker along with four nationally ranked Tigers; Courtney Collins, Stefanie Mikesz, Alyssa Hibberd and Tiffany Welcher to talk about the upcoming season.
Spring 2013: Advanced to the first round of the NCAA Singles Championships ... Named the ITA Ohio Valley Region Senior of the Year ... Ended the year ranked No. 50 in singles and No. 79 in doubles with teammate Kelly Gray ... Ranked No. 4 in singles in the Ohio Valley Region and No. 7 in doubles ... Selected to the Conference USA First Team Singles ... Ranked as high as No. 23 in the nation during the dual season ... Achieved a program-high ranking of No. 18 in doubles with Gray ... Twice named C-USA Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week (Jan. 22, Feb. 26) ... Competed all season as Memphis' No. 1 singles player ... Went 16-10 in singles and 9-10 in doubles play ... Defeated the second-highest ranked player of her career with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Virginia's No. 11 Julia Elbaba ... Took down 15th-ranked Petra Niedermayerova of Kansas State, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, at the Georgia Invitational ... Beat her third top-40 opponent of the season with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Columbia's No. 37 Nicole Bartnik ... Helped Memphis to its first NCAA Tournament victory with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Florida State's No. 62 Daneika Borthwick ... Teamed up with Gray to defeat Arizona State's No. 40 Jacqueline Cako and Nicole Smith, 8-6, at No. 1 ... Came from behind to beat UCF's Genevieve Lorbergs and Josephine Haraldson, 9-7, at No. 1 to help Memphis clinch the doubles point.
Fall 2012: Entered her senior campaign ranked No. 21 in the ITA preseason rankings, a program high ... Sat out all but one tournament during the fall to recover from shoulder surgery ... Made her return at the Dick Vitale Lakewood Ranch Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic by winning the doubles title with teammate Kelly Gray ... Opened the tournament by upsetting No. 36 Brittany Sanders and Julie Sabacinski of Notre Dame, 8-5 ... Took down Florida's Brianna Morgan and Alexandra Cercone, 8-3, in the championship.
Spring 2012: Became the first Tiger in program history to advance to the NCAA Division I Singles Championships ... Named to the All-Conference USA First Team Singles ... Went 15-4 in both singles and doubles play for the season ... Received C-USA Player of the Week honor on Feb. 28 after defeating Georgia's No. 9 Chelsey Gullickson, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (9-7) and Vanderbilt's No. 31 Jackie Wu, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 ... Beat No. 30 Petra Niedermayerova from Kansas State, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 ... Defeated No. 70 Anastasia Erofeeva of 26th-ranked Tulsa, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (9-7) ... Ranked in every singles poll of the 2012 season, reaching a personal- and program-best No. 27 (March 27) and finishing the season No. 34 ... Posted a pair of doubles wins with partner Kelly Gray against 26th-ranked Tulsa's Michelle Farley and Maria Sant'Anna.
Fall 2011: Ranked No. 78 in the year's first collegiate national rankings released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), the highest ranking ever for a Memphis player at the time ... Competed in doubles at the MT Shootout, going 3-0 with teammate Kelly Gray ... Reached the second round of the Qualifying Draw at the ITA/Riviera All-American Championships ... Easily dispatched her first-round opponent, Virginia's Maria Fucillo, 6-2, 6-2, to remain standing with the top-56 players in the nation heading into the second round ... Fought a tough battle against No. 29 Natalie Pluskota from the University of Tennessee but fell 6-3, 7-6 (3) ... Also competed in the Pre-Qualifying Doubles Draw with Gray, recording an 8-2 opening-round victory before falling, 8-3, to a team from the University of Texas ... Helped the Tigers achieve the program's best-ever showing at the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regionals, advancing to the singles main draw semifinals ... One of three Memphis quarterfinalists, but the only Tiger to advance before losing to the second seed ... Lost her main draw opening-round doubles match alongside Gray, but tore through the back draw to reach the consolation title match, adding three victories to the team total ... Led the way for the Tigers at the Memphis Collegiate Invite, running through the Blue flight with four wins (three in straight sets) ... Began the tournament with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, victory over Tulsa's Bonny Davidson before taking her play to the next level with solid wins over Alabama's Taylor Lindsey (6-4, 6-4) and No. 105 Lacey Smyth (6-2, 6-1) of Arizona ... Defeated Arizona's Stubbe in the title match, scoring a 7-5, 6-1, win ... Also went 3-1 with Gray in the doubles draw, reaching the semifinals ... Reached the championship match of the Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic before falling to teammate Mariya Slupska, 3-6, 2-6 ... Posted victories of 6-2, 6-1, over Mississippi State's Petra Ferancova, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, over Tennessee's Sarah Toti and 6-3, 6-3 over Oklahoma State's Meghan Blevins before the title showdown ... Paired with teammate Alyssa Hibberd to reach the semifinals of the doubles draw.
Spring 2011: Named All-Conference USA first team after posting an 18-6 singles record and a 12-11 doubles mark ... Finished the year ranked No. 125 nationally in singles play ... Became the second nationally-ranked Memphis tennis player in program history when she burst into the rankings at No. 107 on Feb. 14 ... Played 20 singles matches at the No. 1 position and four contests at No. 2 ... Went 12-9 in doubles with Kelly Gray ... Had a streak of eight-straight singles victories during the season and finished the year on a five-match win streak ... Played four nationally-ranked singles players and two nationally-ranked doubles teams ... Defeated No. 37 Princeton's Hilary Barlett, 6-2, 6-1 ... Pushed No. 15 Georgia's Chelsey Gullickson to three sets before falling 6-3, 5-7, 3-6 ... Bested No. 63 Auburn's Paulina Schippers, 6-2, 6-2 ... Recorded a dominating 6-2, 6-0 win over No. 20 Tulsa's Ewa Szatkowska playing in the No. 2 spot.
Fall 2010: One of five collegiate women's tennis players named to Team USA roster for World University Games in August 2011 ... Complied a 10-5 mark overall ... Won main draw title at Memphis Invitational to open sophomore season ... Produced big wins against No. 118 Alex Clay of Alabama, 6-2, 6-3, and Megan Broderick of Kentucky, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., at the Roberta Alison Classic ... Became first Lady Tiger in program history to receive a bid to the ITA All-American Championships ... Also competed in prequalifying doubles with partner Mikesz. Went 2-1 at ITA Ohio Valley Regionals ... Won the tiebreak in the third set over Louisville's Mandy Brown, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5), and defeated Eastern Kentucky's Myriem Mhirit, 6-2, 6-2 at June Stewart Invitational ... Took down No. 123 Vanja Tomic of Austin Peay, 6-0, 6-0 ... In doubles, tallied two wins with Sarah Witkowski in the Memphis Invitational against opponents from Austin Peay and Lipscomb, before falling to a Georgia State pair in the draw finals ... Partnered with Stefanie Mikesz and recorded doubles wins against duos from Samford, Xavier, Belmont and Vanderbilt.
Spring 2010: Earned All-C-USA second team honors ... Tied fellow all-conference selection Ashley Murdock for the most singles wins on the team with 17 ... Posted an overall mark of 17-9 at the No. 2 singles position ... Took 106th ranked Sarah Landsman of Arizona to three sets ... Went 5-1 against Conference USA foes, including wins over opponents from Southern Miss, Tulane, UAB and UCF ... Ended the season with a seven-match winning streak ... Teamed with fellow freshman Kelly Gray to post the most doubles victories on the team with 15 ... Went 15-8 at the No. 2 doubles spot ... Collins and Gray went 9-2 at the No. 2 slot ... Picked up conference victories over Southern Miss, Tulane and UAB ... Had big doubles wins against No. 44 Yale and No. 56 William & Mary, as well as Boston College and Missouri.
Fall 2009: Finished her first fall with an 8-6 mark overall ... Opened the fall with a 1-2 record at the Memphis Invitational ... Upended Kansas State's Karla Bonacic, 6-1, 6-4 ... Also picked up a win over Kansas State's Ana Gomez Aleman, 6-1, 6-2 ... Only loss of Hoosier Classic came at hands of Mississippi State's Natalia Mayuk, 7-6 (4), 6-1 ... Went 3-1 at the ITA Ohio Valley Regional in Cincinnati, Ohio ... Only loss of tournament came to Tennessee's Kata Szekely, 6-1, 6-2 ... In doubles, teamed with Ashley Murdock to go 6-6 ... Murdock and Collins went 2-2 at Hoosier Classic ... Picked up doubles wins over opponents from LSU and Mississippi State.
Rated as the No. 1 tennis recruit coming out of Mississippi, according to tennisrecruiting.net ... Rated as the 49th-best recruit in the nation, according to the same outlet ... Tennisrecruiting.net also rated her as the 17th-best prep player in the Southeast Region ... Highly recruited talent and chose Memphis over Missouri, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Murray State, Tennessee, Louisville, Mississippi State and others ... State singles champion in Mississippi all four years of high school ... Was also her division's champion all four years ... Helped lead the Itawamba Indians to the division championship and the state semifinals ... In her last two seasons, she represented the state of Mississippi in the Junior Davis Cup ... She advanced to the finals of the River Hills Junior Open in Jackson, Miss. ... In April 2008, Collins was named the victor at the Aquafina RTC Junior Open in Ridgeland, Miss. ... She defeated UCF recruit Allison Hodges, a Germantown product, in the finals ... She also had great results from two Southern Designated tourneys, picking up wins over Virginia Tech signee, Emily Lauten, and LSU signee, Ebie Wilson ... Off of the court, Collins maintained a 4.0 cumulative GPA ... She also was a member of Itawamba's varsity girl's basketball team, Future Business Leaders of America and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Also spent much of her time volunteering in community service projects.
Daughter of Buddy and Sungja Collins ... Has one sister, Lindsey, who attends the University of Mississippi ... Fun fact: Her dream is to move to Antarctica and live with the penguins.