U of M Drops Opener to No. 6 Georgia, 7-0
Jan. 22, 2009
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Memphis women's tennis team fell at the hands of the No. 6-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs, 7-0, on Thursday afternoon at the Hopkins Indoor Tennis Center in Athens, Ga. With the win, the Bulldogs improved their record to 1-0. The U of M falls to 0-1 after losing their opening match of the season.
"It was a good learning experience for our team to compete against Georgia and to see what playing against the highest level of tennis in the country is like," said Memphis Head Coach Lee Taylor Walker. "I think we learned a lot about this team and what we need to do. There are no more secrets out there about our team now."
Despite the loss the Tigers had several impressive efforts, led by Majorie Ondeck at the No. 2 position. Ondeck, a junior from Monroe, Ct., picked up a 6-1 first set victory over Yvette Hyndman, currently ranked as the No. 100 singles player in the nation. Hyndman was a unanimous first-team All-SEC selection last season after finishing with a 15-3 record at the No. 2 slot. In the second set of Wednesday's match between the two competitors, Hyndman took an early 2-1 advantage. Ondeck bounced back to tie the match up at 2-2 before her Georgia foe eventually came away with the second set victory forcing a tiebreaking game. Hyndman won the tiebreaker solidifying a, 1-6, 6-3, 1-0, victory over Memphis' Ondeck.
"I was really proud of the way Marj (Ondeck) played today," Walker said. "I was a little disappointed with the outcome but hopefully she can take some confidence away from today's match."
In other action, the match at No. 1 singles was a hard-fought one in the first set with No. 7 Chelsey Gullickson taking the 3-2 advantage over Ashley Murdock, a All-C-USA selction for the Lady Tigers. After securing the 3-2 lead, Gullickson won the next three games, winning the first set. She ran away with the second set, 6-0, to come away with the win over Murdock.
Freshmen Sarah Irvin and Robyn Jones both suffered defeats in their first dual matches of their Memphis Tiger careers. 44th-ranked Nadja Gilchrist upended Irvin, a native of Queensland, Australia, 6-0, 6-0, while No. 123 Naoko Uesima defeated Robyn Jones, 6-0, 6-1.
The Bulldogs came away with the doubles point after coming away with three victories over their Lady Tiger opponents. Gullickson and Hyndman, currently ranking as the No. 10 tandem in the nation, upended Murdock and Ondeck, 8-0.
At the No. 2 position, Gilchrist and Fakhoury were victorious over Toulch and senior Kristin Chamberlain, 8-1.
The No. 3 doubles competition was won by Uesima and Ellis, who defeated Irvin and Lindsey Wiseman, 8-1.
Lee Taylor Walker and his Memphis Lady Tigers will return to action on Saturday at the Samford Preseason Invite in Birmingham, Ala.