Women's Tennis Rallies to Top No. 70 Columbia, 4-3
Feb. 17, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The No. 51 University of Memphis women's tennis team (5-2) posted a huge comeback Sunday as the Lady Tigers captured three-straight singles matches to down No. 70 Columbia (2-3), 4-3, at The University Club.
"Today's match is what it's all about," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "A lot that could have gone wrong went wrong. Our team responded with a lot of character, came together and fought to beat a very good Columbia team."
The Lions took the doubles point as Bianca Sanon and Kanika Vaidya recorded an 8-0 win at No. 1 against No. 35 Courtney Collins and Kelly Gray. At No. 3, Lauren Stratman and Tiana Takenaga also picked up a win with an 8-4 defeat over No. 47 Stefanie Mikesz and Caroline Wegner to help Columbia go up 1-0.
In No.1 singles, No. 61 Collins cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 37 Nicole Bartnik to even up the match for the Lady Tigers. The Lions added two more points as Crystal Leung defeated Mikesz, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 4 before Sanon picked up a 6-4, 6-4 win over Tiffany Welcher at No. 2 to extend Columbia's lead to 3-1.
After losing the first set in a tiebreaker, Liza Tymchenko rallied back against No. 109 Vaidya, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, to keep Memphis alive. Before Tymchenko wrapped up her match, Alyssa Hibberd and Wegner took the court to begin their matches. Wegner won a tight first set, 7-6 (9-7), over Lauren Stratman before charging from behind in the second set to record a 6-3 win. Hibberd defeated Katarina Kovacevic, 6-3, 7-5, as Memphis clinched the match with a double fault from Kovacevic to give Hibberd the win.
"The girls have been doing a lot of extra work on their own, and it paid off today down the stretch because I saw a lot of confident and determined girls out there when the pressure was on," Walker said.
Memphis will host No. 16 Virginia next Sunday at 10 a.m. at The University Club.