Memphis Falls 4-0 to No. 9 Alabama
Jan. 26, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Memphis women's tennis team (2-1) could not get past No. 9 Alabama (1-0) on Saturday morning in Tuscaloosa as the Lady Tigers fell 4-0 to the Crimson Tide to begin the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
The two teams were neck-in-neck in doubles play as Alabama edged out Memphis 2-1 to get the point. The No. 35 team of Stefanie Mikesz and Caroline Wegner won 8-2 over Yasmeen Ebada and Emily Zabor to give Memphis an advantage early on. Alabama responded with an 8-5 win as No. 2 Alexa Guarachi and Mary Anne Macfarlane downed No. 18 Courtney Collins and Kelly Gray to tie it up. In the final doubles match, Antonia Foehse and Maya Jensen won a tight battle, 8-7 (7-4), over Tiffany Welcher and Alyssa Hibberd.
"We had all the momentum in doubles and let it slip," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "At one point, we were 7-2 on one court and 5-3 on the other courts. That was our opportunity to take the match and we didn't."
In singles play, Mikesz at No. 3 singles fell to No. 59 Jansen, 6-2, 6-2, before Skylar Kuykendall was defeated by No. 105 Natalia Maynetto, 6-1, 6-4, in the No. 6 spot to give Alabama a 3-0 lead. The Crimson Tide clinched the win as Foehse won 6-3, 6-2 over Liza Tymchenko at No. 4.
"In singles, we were not ready to fight from the beginning," Walker said. "We almost turned the momentum around but Alabama did a good job to close it out. Our team is disappointed because we feel like we missed an opportunity. We have to move on and be more determined tomorrow."
Memphis will square off against No. 24 Tulsa tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the consolation match.