Mikesz, Hibberd named singles back draw co-champions
Mikesz/Wind upset tournament's top-seeded team
Memphis wraps up fall tournament slate next weekend in Florida
Two doubles teams named co-champions
Lady Tigers post 10-2 mark Friday to begin home tournament
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 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.
Fall 2013: Posted an 8-2 mark in singles and 10-3 record in doubles ... Entered the fall ranked No. 37 in doubles with Caroline Wegner ... Advanced to the doubles final at the Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic with partner Anki Wind ... The duo upset Mississippi State's No. 48 team of Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran, 8-7 (4) ... Defeated Ole Miss' No. 24 Caroline Rohde-Moe and Mariya Milutinovic, 8-6, with Wegner at the CCLR Collegiate Invitational ... Advanced to the quarterfinals in doubles with Wind at the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional ... Named back draw singles co-champion with Alyssa Hibberd at the Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic ... Defeated three Notre Dame players including No. 35 Britney Sanders, 6-1, 6-1.
Spring 2013: Named Conference USA Third Team Doubles with partner Caroline Wegner ... Ranked No. 64 in doubles at the end of the season ... Came in at No. 5 in the doubles rankings for the Ohio Valley Region ... Finished the year with a 12-5 mark in singles and 22-10 record in doubles ... Clinched wins for the Lady Tigers over ranked teams in Kansas State and Saint Mary's with a 7-5, 6-2 win over KSU's Carmen Borau Ramos and a 7-6 (2), 6-2 victory over SMC's Elizabeth Searl ... Came back from a 3-1 deficit in doubles play against Florida State's Kerrie Cartwright and Kristina Schleich to win 8-6 at No. 3 and help Memphis win the doubles point against the Seminoles in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... Clinched the doubles point against No. 21 Notre Dame with a 9-7 win over Quinn Gleason and Julie Vrabel.
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 Singles accolades ... Had a record of 29-6 in singles and 25-7 in 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 ... 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 wins over Mississippi's Julia Jones (6-1, 6-7 (6), 7-5) and No. 90 Courtney McLane (6-3, 6-1) of Alabama ... 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.
Spring 2011: Posted an impressive 17-7 singles mark playing mostly at the No. 3 position ... Went 22-19 on the season and 4-1 in C-USA play while posting a 19-21 mark in doubles ... 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 her career at the 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 ... Teamed with Courtney Collins in doubles and posted a 4-9 mark overall ... Recorded wins against duos from Samford, Xavier, Belmont and Vanderbilt.
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."