Women's Tennis Wraps Up Day One of Georgia Invitational
Jan. 18, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Memphis women's tennis team had a strong first day of the Georgia Invitational, going 9-4 Friday with six singles wins and three doubles victories.
The Lady Tigers began the day in singles against Troy, recording a 6-1 record over the Trojans. Graduate student Tiffany Welcher took down the Southern Region's No. 9 Karoline Grymel, 6-3, 6-4, while freshman Skylar Kuykendall posted a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Olivia Brooke Durden. Freshman Caroline Wegner also dominated with a 6-2, 6-2 win against Rosaura Ramirez-Vega. Junior Stefanie Mikesz and sophomore Alyssa Hibberd both picked up 6-2, 6-3 wins as Mikesz downed Lyubov Dorofeeva and Hibberd defeated Anja Cosovic. Sophomore Liza Tymchenko also cruised to victory with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Hannah Toro while senior Kelly Gray fell in a tight match to Candela Munoz Giron, 7-5, 6-4.
Memphis also began doubles play against Troy as the No. 18 team of Courtney Collins and Gray posted an 8-2 win over Munoz Giron and Ramirez-Vega and the No. 35 duo of Mikesz and Wegner defeated Grymel and Dorofeeva, 8-2. Hibberd and Welcher collected an 8-3 win over Toro and Cosovic to wrap up Memphis' play against the Trojans for the tournament.
The Lady Tigers ended the day in doubles against No. 6 Georgia as Collins and Gray fell to Kate Fuller and Mia King, 8-3. The duo of Mikesz and Wegner were defeated by Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase, 8-1, while Kuykendall and Tymchenko came up just short to Lilly Kimbell and Silvia Garcia, 8-5."I am proud of the team for dominating Troy in singles and doubles today," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "Doubles against Georgia was disappointing. The level of play was quite an adjustment and it took our girls a few games to get used to speed. Once we adjusted it was too late. We will be more prepared tomorrow."
The Lady Tigers hit the court tomorrow at 11 a.m. (ET) in doubles against Kansas State before facing Georgia in singles at 1 p.m. (ET).