Women's Tennis Blasts Blue Raiders 7-0
Go Tigers! Alyssa Hibberd and Tiffany Welcher fought back from an 0-4 hole to win the 7-4 in the tiebreaker and take the No. 1 doubles match.
Go Tigers!
Alyssa Hibberd and Tiffany Welcher fought back from an 0-4 hole to win the 7-4 in the tiebreaker and take the No. 1 doubles match.
Go Tigers!

Feb. 18, 2012


MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis women's tennis picked up its fourth-straight unanimous decision after topping Middle Tennessee 7-0 at the University Club Saturday night. With the win, the Tigers now stand at 6-1 overall this season as the Blue Raiders fall to 3-3.

Juniors Courtney Collins and Kelly Gray swiftly knocked off their opponents at No. 3 doubles, 8-2, and Mariya Slupska and Stefanie Mikesz finished second at the No. 2 position defeating their MTSU netters 8-3.

Even with the doubles point locked up, attention turned to the top flight, where 31st-ranked pair Alyssa Hibberd and Tiffany Welcher clawed back from a 5-7 deficit to tie things up at 7-7. The Tiger duo would fall behind once again, 0-4, before surging back to take the tie-breaker, 7-4, and the match.

In singles, No. 70 Slupska powered her way to a 6-0, 6-2 win over Yiri Nomoto to remain unbeaten individually this season. Welcher, Hibberd and No. 67 Mikesz all jumped out to early leads and took care of business in straight sets, none of them allowing their Blue Raider opponents capture more than two games.

Collins, currently ranked 73rd in the country, dropped the first set to Lexi Brand 3-6, but bounced back to take the second 6-3 and edged out Brand 10-7 in a 10-point super tiebreaker.

With the team's perfect streak on the line, Gray rebounded from a 4-6 first-set loss to secure the second set 6-3 and clinched the sweep for the Tigers with a 10-4 win in the third.

Up next for Welcher and Hibberd is a stint in the women's main doubles draw at the WTA Regions Morgan Keegan Championships at The Racquet Club of Memphis. The pair received a wildcard bid and will face the Lindsay Lee-Waters and Megan Moulton-Levy, both from the United States in the first round. That match time has yet to be released but will be posted on the event's website when it becomes available.

The entire U of M squad will be back on the court for its next dual match on Friday, Feb. 24 when it heads to Athens, Ga. The Tigers will face off against the sixth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs in a contest slated for 1 p.m. CT.

#55 Memphis 7, Middle Tennessee 0
Singles competition
1. #70 Mariya Slupska (MEM) def. Nomoto, Yuiri (MT) 6-0, 6-2
2. #73 Courtney Collins (MEM) def. Brand, Lexi (MT) 3-6, 6-3, 10-7
3. Tiffany Welcher (MEM) def. Nagayama, Flavia (MT) 6-2, 6-2
4. Stefanie Mikesz (MEM) def. Moraes, Nayara (MT) 6-0, 6-2
5. Alyssa Hibberd (MEM) def. Bigus, Marietta (MT) 6-2, 6-0
6. Kelly Gray (MEM) def. Coffey, Taylor (MT) 4-6, 6-3, 10-4

Doubles competition
1. #31 Welcher/Hibberd (MEM) def. Bigus/Brand(MT) 8-7 (7-4)
2. Mikesz/Slupska (MEM) def. Nomoto,/Moraes (MT) 8-3
3. Collins/Gray (MEM) def. Dachos/Coffey (MT) 8-2
Match Notes:
Middle Tennessee 3-3
Memphis 6-1; National ranking #55
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,3,4,2,5,6)



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