Lady Tigers Pick Up Victory Against North Carolina Central, Fall to No. 1 Duke
Jan. 20, 2010
DURHAM, N.C. -
The Memphis women's tennis team went 1-1 on Tues., Jan. 19 at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center in Durham, N.C. The Lady Tigers defeated North Carolina Central, 7-0, and fell to defending NCAA Champion and current No. 1-ranked Duke, 7-0. Memphis' record now stands at 2-2 after a grueling schedule to open the 2010 spring season.
"It was a good day for us as we faced off with the best team in the country," said Memphis head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "Playing a team with the talent-level of Duke showed us what level we aspire to attain and forced us to raise our level of play. Then we were able to come back and beat an improving North Carolina Central team 7-0 and in the process gained some confidence as we head into the weekend with two tough matches against Missouri and Ohio State."
Duke began Tuesday's dual taking all three doubles matches to win the doubles point, 1-0.
In singles, Plotkin defeated Murdock, 6-3, 6-1, at the No. 1 slot. Murdock, a senior from Memphis, Tenn., fell to 1-2 in singles on the season.
At the No. 2 spot, Nze, the 91st-ranked singles netter in the country, defeated Collins, a freshman from Fulton, Miss., 6-0, 6-1. Nze advanced to the Round of 16 last season at the NCAA Championships, after defeating the nation's 23rd-ranked singles player in the first round. Nze finished the 2009 season with a 21-9 record, spending most of the season as Duke's No. 2 singles player.
At No. 3 singles, Granson, ranked 80th in the nation, upended Ondeck, 6-0, 6-1. Granson went 19-10 in 2009. Murdock defeated Duke's Granson prior to transferring to the University of Memphis from Louisiana State University.
At the No. 4 spot, Clayton defeated Brown, 6-0, 6-1.
At No. 5 singles, Gorny, the nation's No. 63 singles player, upended Gray, 6-1, 6-0. Gorny played No. 1 singles in 2009 for the University of Miami (Ohio). She finished the season with an 18-3 singles mark.
At the No. 6 spot, Andrea Arques-Garcia, a freshman from Alicante, Spain, fell to Stiles, 6-0, 6-0. Arques-Garcia fell to 1-2 on the season.
Memphis bounced back in the night cap of Tuesday's action to take down North Carolina Central. The Tigers opened the match taking the doubles point after sweeping all three doubles matches.
At No. 1 doubles, Murdock and Ondeck defeated Olesya Palko and Kateryna Chorna, 8-1. The match was Murdock and Ondeck's first of the season as a doubles pair.
At the No. 2 spot, Toulch and Brown took down North Carolina Central's Cameron Chatman and Ashley Rogers, 9-8. Toulch and Brown improved to 1-1 on the year.
At No. 3 doubles, Collins and Gray defeated Tatiana Velasquez and Maria Medina, 8-1. Gray and Collins were also competing in their first doubles match of the season as a tandem.
In singles, Murdock improved to 2-2 on the year after upending Chorna, 6-3, 6-1. Murdock is coming off back-to-back selections to the All-C-USA team.
At the No. 2 slot, Collins improved to 2-2 with a win over Palko, 6-4, 6-1. Collins is currently ranked as the No. 17 singles player in the Ohio Valley region.
At No. 3 singles, Ondeck improved to 1-2 after defeating Chatman, 6-4, 6-1.
At the No. 4 spot, Gray, a freshman from Murfreesboro, Tenn., upended Rogers, 6-0, 6-1. Gray improves to 1-2 on the young season.
At No. 5 singles, Arques-Garcia defeated Velasquez, 6-2, 6-4. Arques-Garcia improves to 2-2 on the season after the win.
At the No. 6 spot, Toulch, a senior from Montreal, Quebec, upended Medina, 6-0, 6-0. The match was Toulch's first as a singles player this season.
Memphis will continue a tough road-stretch with matches against No. 38 Ohio State and Missouri in Columbia, Mo., on Sat., Jan. 23.