No. 52 Memphis Loses Nail-Biter to No. 24 Tulsa, 4-3
Jan. 27, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 52 University of Memphis women's tennis team (2-2) fell just short in its upset bid against No. 24 Tulsa (3-1) with a 4-3 defeat in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend consolation match in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
"It was a disappointing loss," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "We showed no mental toughness when it mattered most. We're going to have to change how we go about things."
The Lady Tigers took an early 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point. The No. 35 team of Stefanie Mikesz and Caroline Wegner finished first at No. 3 doubles with an 8-4 win over Maria Sant'Anna and Renata Kuricova. Tulsa countered with an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles with No. 9 Samantha Vickers and Isaura Enrique defeating No. 18 Courtney Collins and Kelly Gray. Memphis won the point with Tiffany Welcher and Alyssa Hibberd downing Michelle Farley and Saana Saarteinen, 8-6.
In singles,Skylar Kuykendall made quick work of Kuricova with a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 6 singles to give Memphis a 2-0 lead. Tulsa answered with three-straight wins as Saarteinen defeated Hibberd, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 4 before No. 124 Vickers won against Collins, 6-1, 6-1, at the No. 1 spot. Tulsa took the lead as Enrique won 6-3, 6-1 over Mikesz at No. 2 before Wegner evened the match for Memphis with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Carol Benito at No. 5 singles. The final match came down to a three-setter between Liza Tymchenko and Farley at No. 3. Farley took a 6-3 first set victory before Tymchenko answered with a 6-1 second set win. In the final set, Farley won 6-3 to clinch the match for Tulsa and move its winning streak to five matches over Memphis.
The Lady Tigers will begin a four-match homestand on Friday, Feb. 1 with a match against Morehead State at 6 p.m. at The University Club.