Lady Tigers Down No. 16 Virginia, 5-2
Feb. 24, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis women's tennis team (6-2) made history once again Sunday with a 5-2 victory over No. 16 Virginia (2-4) for their biggest win in program history.
Last weekend, Memphis defeated the highest ranked opponent in school history with a 4-2 win over No. 42 Kansas State. The Lady Tigers raised the bar this weekend, winning five of six singles matches to extend their home winning streak to 25 matches.
"When you have a plan you believe in and commit to it with lots of passion, you get results like this one today," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker.
Virginia went on top 1-0 after the Cavaliers swept Memphis in doubles play. No. 17 Li Xi and Stephanie Nauta recorded an 8-3 win over Courtney Collins and Liza Tymchenko while No. 5 Maci Epstein and Erin Vierra won 8-5 over Alyssa Hibberd and Tiffany Welcher to win the point. No. 47 Stefanie Mikesz and Caroline Wegner were able to finish their match, falling 8-5 to Julia Elbaba and Hana Tomljanovic.
In singles, Welcher evened the score for Memphis with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Epstein at No. 4. No. 61 Collins gave the Lady Tigers an advantage at No. 1 with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 11 Elbaba, the second-highest ranked opponent she has beaten in her career.
No. 46 Nauta answered for Virginia with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-0 win over Tymchenko at the No. 2 spot to knot the score at 2-all. Skylar Kuykendall recorded the second win over a ranked opponent of her career with a 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 win over No. 92 Li Xi at No. 3 singles to put Memphis back on top at 3-2.
Hibberd put the team on her back for the second-straight match as she pulled out a 6-1, 6-2 win over Caryssa Peretz at No. 6 to clinch the win for Memphis. At No. 5 singles, Wegner came from behind to collect a 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over Vierra to give the Lady Tigers a 5-2 victory.
"Our team played the right way in doubles tactically, but with very little enthusiasm," Walker said. "Singles was both discipline tennis and passion, and I'm so proud of the girls. We are a great team and our ceiling is still high. I'm encouraging the team to take their level higher and higher with each practice and match. A big thanks to all the fans these past three home matches. They created an incredible atmosphere!"
Memphis will return to action Wednesday when it heads to Nashville to face No. 17 Vanderbilt at 3 p.m.