Women's Tennis Has Successful First Day in Florida
Jan. 17, 2014
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The No. 31 University of Memphis women's tennis team opened up their spring season Friday morning at the Miami Spring Invite by going 2-1 in doubles against No. 16 Vanderbilt and 3-3 in singles against No. 17 Texas.
"I'm proud of the effort today," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "We are learning more clearly how we each play and compete. Getting more deliberate in our point play is a priority this weekend, and we're off to a good start."
The Lady Tigers began the day in doubles play as the freshmen duo of Anki Wind and Marta Morga handed Vanderbilt's Frances Altick and Georgina Sellyn a 6-3 defeat. The Ohio Valley Region's No. 2 team of Alyssa Hibberd and Caroline Wegner also began the spring with a win, defeating No. 28 Ashleigh Antal and Sydney Campbell, 6-3. Skylar Kuykendall and Liza Tymchenko dropped their match, 6-4, to Courtney Colton and Marie Casares.
Memphis then hit the courts against Texas immediately after with Morga cruising to a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Pippa Horn, while Wind pulled out a victory over Neda Koprcina, 6-2, 3-6, 12-10. Tymchenko also collected a win with a dominant 6-3, 6-2 win over Lana Groenvynck.
Hibberd and Wegner both faced ranked opponents in their matches as Hibberd dropped a 6-0, 6-1 decision to No. 22 Breaunna Addison while Wegner fell 6-4, 6-3 to No. 77 Ranika Batra. Kuykendall also was defeated in her match, losing to Elizabeth Begley, 5-7, 6-3, 10-5.
Memphis will face Miami tomorrow in doubles at 9 a.m. (ET) before taking on Vanderbilt in singles at 10:30 a.m.