Four individuals claim honors following historic season
Lady Tigers ended the season 18-7 with six wins over ranked opponents
Congratulations to all of our Tigers graduates.
Lady Tigers face Alabama tomorrow at 1 p.m. CT
Memphis faces Florida State on Friday at 10 a.m. CT in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
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.
Named C-USA Newcomer of the Year as well as All-Conference USA Second Team Singles and Third Team Doubles in 2012 ... Named an ITA Scholar-Athlete in 2012 ... Received C-USA All-Academic Team honors in 2012 ... Ranked No. 31 in doubles in the 2012 ITA preseason rankings with partner Alyssa Hibberd ... Finished 2012 ranked No. 67 in doubles with Hibberd ... Named C-USA Player of the Week on Apr. 10, 2012 ... Won the White Draw at the Memphis Invitational in Fall 2012 ... Advanced to the quarterfinals in singles and the semifinals in doubles at the 2012 USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional ... Won the Blue Flight doubles title at the UTC Steve Baras Fall Classic in 2011 ... Reached the main draw doubles championship with Hibberd at the 2011 USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional ... Advanced to the doubles final at the June Stewart Invite in Fall 2011 ... Won the doubles title at the MT Shootout in Fall 2011.
Fall 2012: Ranked No. 31 in doubles with partner Alyssa Hibberd in the ITA preseason rankings ... Finished the fall with an 8-3 singles record and an 8-5 mark in doubles ... Advanced to the quarterfinals at the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional with three-straight set wins ... Advanced to the semifinals in doubles at the regional with Alyssa Hibberd with wins of 8-0, 8-1 and 8-3 ... Won the White Draw at the Memphis Invitational #2, going 3-0 with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Purdue's Mara Schmidt in the championship match ... Had a seven-match winning streak in doubles during the month of October.
Spring 2012: Named C-USA Newcomer of the Year after finishing the season with a 13-5 singles record and a 14-4 mark in doubles ... Named to the All-Conference USA second team singles and third team doubles with Alyssa Hibberd ... Received C-USA All-Academic Team honors ... Earned a three-set victory against No. 44 Maho Kowase of sixth-ranked Georgia, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 ... Awarded C-USA Player of the Week honors on Apr. 10 after four wins in conference play, including a 6-2, 6-3 win over UAB's Paula Alvarez and a 6-3, 6-4 victory over USM's Elja van Berlo ... In doubles play, joined Hibberd in defeating Vanderbilt's No. 49 Alex Leatu and Jackie Wu.
Fall 2011: Saw her first action at the MT Shootout, winning her first match against Western Kentucky's Monta Reinfelde (4-6, 6-2, 6-2) and defeating Yuiri Nomoto from Middle Tennessee, 6-2, 6-0 ... in the consolation bracket after a loss to Nava from Middle Tennessee ... Went 3-0 in doubles with teammate Alyssa Hibberd...Teamed up with Hibberd again to take the Blue Flight doubles title at the UTC Steve Baras Fall Classic ... Reached the semifinals of the singles Blue Flight before losing to third-seeded Vera Shkundia of Kennesaw State, 6-4, 6-2 ... Helped the Tigers achieve the program's best-ever showing at the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regionals, advancing to the Round of 16 in singles and reaching the main draw doubles championship match with Hibberd ... Posted four doubles victories en route to the title tilt, taking out two seeded teams on their way before falling, 6-3, 6-2, to the sixth-seeded squad from Tennessee to finish as runner-up ... Reached her fourth doubles final of the fall with Hibberd at the June Stewart Invite, posting wins over Lipscomb's Alyssa Bellini and Deahna Welcher, 8-1, and MTSU's Yuiri Nomoto and Flavia Nagayama, 8-4, before falling to Vanderbilt's Ashleigh Antal and Marie Casares, 8-4, in the title match ... Also advanced to the singles semifinals of the top flight bracket ... Scored a 6-2, 6-1, win over Erin Stephens of Mississippi in her opening match of the Memphis Collegiate Invite, but fell to No. 105 Lacey Smyth of Arizona, 6-3, 4-6, 6-7 (3), before finishing the event with a 6-1, 6-1, triumph over Alabama's Taylor Lindsey.
2010-11 (Alabama): Won the only match she played at the SEC Fall Coaches' Classic, beating Tennessee's Kayla McMurry 6-3, 6-3 ... Posted a 2-2 record at the Duke Fab Four Invitational ... Went 2-1 at the Roberta Alison Fall Classic ... Collected four victories at the Southern Regional Championships to advance to the consolation finals, winning two matches in three sets after dropping the opening set ... Teamed up with Meritt Emery to take down Vanderbilt's Nelly Radeva and Keilly Ulery 8-6 at the SEC Fall Coaches Classic ... The duo easily claimed their flight at the Roberta Alison Fall Classic, giving up no more than four games in any match ... Posted a 1-1 record at the Southern Regional Championships with Emery, falling to No. 27 Connor Vogel and Gabby Rangel of Mississippi.
2009-10: Did not compete during the 2009-10 season receiving a medical redshirt.
2008-09: Named to the All-SEC second team ... Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll ... Notched 18 singles wins and 26 doubles wins ... The 26 doubles wins were tied for the most on the team with Paulina Bigos ... Won four-consecutive singles matches in the fall after opening the season with a loss ... Also won four-consecutive doubles matches with Bigos in the fall, including three at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championship ... Picked up two doubles wins in the fall over top-50 duos ... Ranked as high as No. 72 in singles and finished the spring season ranked No. 81 ... Played all of her singles matches at the No. 1 position, collecting three wins over nationally-ranked players ... Ranked No. 38 nationally in doubles with Courtney McLane ... Won her first seven doubles matches of the spring season ... Teamed up with McLane to defeat two nationally-ranked pairs in doubles ... Earned SEC Player of the Week once.
2007-08: All-SEC Freshman Team selection ... SEC Freshman of the Week honoree ... Played No. 1 singles for the Tide as a freshman ... Tied Meritt Emery with a team-high 17 singles victories ... Finished second on the team in doubles victories with 10 ... Picked up wins over two ranked opponents in No. 83 Sarah Woestmann of Kentucky and No. 56 Kelley Hyndman of Georgia at No. 1 singles ... Earned four-consecutive singles wins, good enough for second on the team in that category ... Earned the only Tide victory at the SEC Tournament with Emery at No. 2 doubles ... Picked up two victories at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic against Marquette in her collegiate debut ... Made it to the finals of the Roberta Alison Fall Classic in the top singles bracket ... Picked up her first win over a nationally-ranked opponent at the Hawaii Spring Invitational against Tapiwa Marobela of Florida State.
Graduated from Clarksville High School in the top-10 of her class with a 3.938 GPA ... 2007 High School All-American ... 2007 Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) girls doubles state champion ... 2006 ISHAA Indiana girls state singles champion ... Only female to win the singles and doubles titles in Indiana history ... Awarded the Midwest Sportsmanship Award three times ... Voted most valuable female athlete in both track and tennis.
Daughter of Stephen and Marchae Welcher ... Has one sister, Deahna.