Women's Tennis Upsets No. 26 Pepperdine to Extend Home Winning Streak
Feb. 25, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - After dropping the doubles point, the No. 32 University of Memphis women's tennis team (7-4) came out strong in singles play and held off a late rally from No. 26 Pepperdine (4-4) to hand the Waves a 4-3 loss Monday afternoon at The Racquet Club of Memphis. With the win, the Lady Tigers extended their school record home winning streak to 36 matches.
"Playing three top-35 teams in five days is not something many sports teams ever do," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "For our girls to fight and stay at it on the fifth day after two tough losses says so much about the character that is there. We know we have a great group and we are learning every day what it means to fight and play with passion. I'm proud about today, but I'm excited because I know we can get better and better."
In doubles, Stefanie Mikesz and Anki Wind cruised in their first match at No. 1 this season with an 8-1 victory over Lorraine Guillermo and Christine Maddox. However, Pepperdine answered as the No. 47 duo of Michaela Capannolo and Yuki Chiang defeated No. 38 Alyssa Hibberd and Caroline Wegner, 8-4, at No. 2 to even it up. Trailing 5-2, Pepperdine's Matea Cutura and Ale Granillo rallied by winning six-straight games to claim an 8-5 win over Marta Morga and Liza Tymchenko at No. 3 and give the Waves a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Tigers came out firing in singles, winning the first set in four of the six matches. Morga evened the match up at 1-all after a 6-0, 7-5 victory over Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai at No. 6 as she improved to 5-0 in dual play this season. Skylar Kuykendall followed with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Cutura at No. 2 to give Memphis its first lead at 2-1.
Pepperdine tied it back up as Chiang earned a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 5 over Hibberd. Wegner answered for Memphis as she pulled out a 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 victory over Granillo at No. 3 for her team-high 16th win of the season.
The Waves responded as No. 23 Guillermo won 6-3, 7-5 over No. 99 Mikesz at No. 1 to make the match come down to court No. 4.
Wind claimed the first set by winning in a tiebreaker before Capannolo stayed in the match by reeling off four-straight points in the second set tiebreaker to force a deciding third set. Wind jumped out to a 3-0 advantage in the third, but Capannolo won two-straight games to make it a 3-2 match. Both players began to hold serve as Wind led 4-3 before breaking Capannolo to go up 5-3. Wind then clinched the match as Capannolo's shot went wide to give her the 6-3 third set victory.
The Lady Tigers are back on the road this weekend when they travel to New York City to face Kansas State on Saturday and host Columbia on Sunday.
#32 Memphis 4, #26 Pepperdine 3