Lady Tigers face either Alabama or Northwestern State tomorrow at 1 p.m. CT
Memphis faces Florida State on Friday at 10 a.m. CT in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Collins selected to C-USA First Team Singles; Kuykendall named C-USA Freshman of the Year
Memphis falls to Tulsa in C-USA semis for second-straight season
Memphis meets Tulsa for the third time this season
The Memphis women's tennis team will welcome four teams to The Racquet Club of Memphis, Nov. 2-4, for the Memphis Invitational as Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Tulsa and Vanderbilt will be in attendance for the Lady Tigers' final home tournament of the 2012 fall season.
The Memphis Tiger Network caught up with head coach Lee Taylor Walker and a few players to see how the team has been preparing for the weekend.
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.
Tied for second all-time in single-season singles wins with 29 in 2011-12 ... Named All-Conference USA Second Team Singles in Spring 2012 ... Ranked No. 65 in the 2012 ITA preseason rankings ... Finished 2012 ranked No. 95 in singles ... Advanced to the quarterfinals in singles and doubles at the 2011 USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional ... Won the White Draw at the MT Shootout in Fall 2011.
Fall 2012: Ranked No. 65 in the ITA preseason rankings ... Competed in doubles in three tournaments after suffering an ankle injury at the beginning of the season ... Went undefeated with teammate Caroline Wegner at the Memphis Invitational #2 with wins over Oklahoma, Purdue, Tulsa and Vanderbilt ... Won two matches at the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional with partner Kelly Gray.
Spring 2012: Earned All-Conference USA second team accolades ... Had a team-best record of 18-3 in singles and doubles ... Finished the season ranked No. 95 in singles ... Posted a nine-match winning streak during the season ... Notched wins against opponents from five ranked teams - Vanderbilt (No. 18), Columbia (No. 65), Princeton (No. 49), Kansas State (No. 67) and Tulsa (No. 26) ... Had a 2-0 record in singles play at the C-USA Tournament, taking down Marshall's Kara Kucin, 6-2, 6-0, and Tulsa's Isaura Enrique, 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 ... Went undefeated in doubles play at the C-USA Tournament with partner Mariya Slupska as the duo beat Marshall's Kucin and Ellie Ball, 8-3, and 26th-ranked Tulsa's Samantha Vickers and Bonny Davidson, 8-0 ... Defeated No. 37 Ashleigh Antal and Marie Casares of Vanderbilt, 8-6, on Feb. 26.
Fall 2011: Ran through the white singles bracket of the MT Shootout in straight sets with wins over Lipscomb's Jenny Borck (6-0, 6-2), WKU's McKinley Mason (6-1, 6-2) and MTSU's Marietta Bigus (6-3, 6-0) ... Competed in the prequalifying doubles draw of the ITA/Riviera All-American Championships with teammate Mariya Slupska, scoring an 8-3 opening-round victory before falling, 8-3, to a pair from Duke that eventually advanced all the way out of prequalifying ... Helped the Lady Tigers achieve the program's best-ever showing at the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regionals, becoming the only unseeded player to reach the singles main draw quarterfinals while also advancing to the doubles main draw quarters ... Knocked out seventh-seeded Lauren Mira from Vanderbilt to reach the singles quarters, before losing to the second seed ... Went 2-1 in doubles with Slupska until losing to the eventual champions ... Went 2-1 on the singles side at the Memphis Collegiate Invite with a loss to Arizona's Natasha Marks (3-6, 6-4, 3-6) and wins over Mississippi's Julia Jones (6-1, 6-7 (6), 7-5) and No. 90 Courtney McLane (6-3, 6-1) of Alabama ... Also went 1-1 in doubles ... Had arguably the biggest win of the Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic with a 6-2, 7-6 (2), upset of No. 31 Brynn Boren from Tennessee, the event's No. 1 seed and the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regionals runner-up, in the round of 16 ... Scored an opening round 6-2, 6-1, victory over Notre Dame's Julie Sabacinski and then defeated Oklahoma State's Jeremiah 6-4, 6-3, before losing to teammate Slupska, 1-6, 2-6, in the semifinals ... Advanced to the quarterfinals of the doubles draw.
Spring 2011: Posted an impressive 17-7 singles mark playing mostly at the No. 3 position ... Went 4-1 in C-USA play ... Won her last five matches of the season, which included a victory over No. 20 Tulsa's Michelle Farley ... Also defeated No. 44 Indiana's Katya Zapadalova ... Recorded a season-high, six-match win streak with victories over players from North Carolina Central, College of Charleston, East Carolina, Wofford, Detroit and Illinois State ... Notched a dominating 6-0, 6-0, triumph over Tennessee State's Shardel Suber at No. 2 singles ... Pushed 67th-ranked Janette Bejlkova (USF) to three sets ... Went 12-6 in doubles competition with teammate Andrea Arques-Garcia and 2-4 pairing with Mariya Slupska ... Won seven-straight doubles matches at one point in the season with Arques-Garcia ... Also went 3-2 in league play with Arques-Garcia.
Fall 2010: Began Lady Tigers career at Roberta Alison Fall Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala., with a 1-2 record ... Fell to opponents from UAB and Kentucky, before posting first win against Jodie Tiley of UT Martin, 6-1, 6-1 ... Received bid to ITA All-American Championships to compete in prequalifying doubles with Courtney Collins ... The pair was up 5-0 and 6-3 at points during the match, but were ultimately edged out by Illinois duo Breanna Smutko and Chelcie Abajian, 9-7 ... Went 2-2 at ITA Regionals in singles ... Lost to Brynn Boren of Tennessee, 6-1, 6-2 before back-to-back wins over Karina Kedzo of East Tennessee State, 6-2, 6-4, and Safiyya Ismail of Cincinnati, 6-4, 6-2 ... Finished regionals with loss to Kentucky's Caitlin McGraw, 7-5, 7-5 ... Final singles win of the fall season was a 6-2, 6-1 downing of MTSU's Taylor Coffey at the June Stewart Invitational ... Teamed with Courtney Collins in doubles and posted a 4-9 mark overall ... Recorded wins against duos from Samford, Xavier, Belmont and Vanderbilt ... Lost close matches to Kentucky's Megan Broderick and Khristina Blajkevitch, 8-6, at Roberta Alison Classic and Nelly Radvera and Megan Gornet of Vanderbilt, 8-6, at June Stewart Invite.
One-time doubles champion and two-time third-place finisher in singles at the German National Championships during her junior career ... Helped team capture two team titles at German Nationals ... Reached No. 1 in the individual junior rankings in Germany and as high as No. 3 regionally and No. 53 nationally in women's open rankings.
Born Sept. 8 ... Daughter of Lumir and Halina Mikesz ... Father played and coached professional hockey ... Mother was a professional handball player ... Has one brother, Jiri, who also plays hockey ... Speaks three languages: German, Czech and English ... Fun fact: singing is her second passion behind tennis and she sings all the time, even if it "sometimes annoys her friends and family."