Lady Tigers Collect Four Wins on Day Two in Georgia
Jan. 19, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Memphis women's tennis team picked up two wins over No. 67 Kansas State in doubles play and two victories over No. 6 Georgia in singles on the second day of the Georgia Invitational.
"Today was a great step forward for us," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "We came out with great energy against Kansas State in doubles and won very convincingly. We followed it up with some very competitive matches against Georgia. Though we only came away with two wins over Georgia, all of the matches could have gone either way and our team fought hard."
Memphis began the day in doubles with sophomore Alyssa Hibberd and graduate student Tiffany Welcher defeated Carmen Borau Ramos and Ivana Kubickova, 8-1, while the No. 35 team of freshman Caroline Wegner and junior Stefanie Mikesz took down Ana Gomez Aleman and Amina St. Hill, 8-2. The No. 18 duo of seniors Courtney Collins and Kelly Gray suffered a setback to No. 34 Petra Niedermayerova and Karla Bonacic, 8-4.
Memphis ended the day in singles against Georgia as freshman Skylar Kuykendall defeated the first ranked opponent of her career with a 6-0, 6-2 win over No. 76 Makenzie Craft to improve her season record to 14-4. Also picking up a win was Gray, who recorded a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Kelli Jordan.
Sophomore Liza Tymchenko and Hibberd both fell in close matches as Tymchenko was defeated by Mia King, 7-6 (4), 7-5, while Hibberd came up short against Lilly Kimbell, 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 (8). Collins and Welcher were both defeated by ranked opponents with Collins falling to No. 8 Lauren Herring, 6-3, 6-0, and Welcher suffering a 6-4, 6-3 loss to No. 54 Kate Fuller. Mikesz also competed in singles with a 6-4, 6-3 defeat to Silvia Garcia.
"We learned today what kind of attitude and demeanor we must play with to be a national championship contender," Walker said. "After today, we are many steps closer to being fully prepared for next weekend and our season!"
Memphis will close out the Georgia Invitational tomorrow with singles against Kansas State at 8 a.m. (ET).