No. 43 Women's Tennis Loses Heartbreaker to No. 36 Columbia
March 2, 2014
NEW YORK - The No. 43 University of Memphis women's tennis team (8-5) was unable to hold on to a 3-2 lead Sunday afternoon at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center as No. 36 Columbia (6-2) won three-set matches at No. 2 and 3 singles to clinch the 4-3 win.
Columbia went up 1-0 after wins at No. 1 and 2 doubles. The Lions started off with an 8-1 victory at No. 2 as the No. 28 duo of Tina Jiang and Crystal Leung defeated Alyssa Hibberd and Caroline Wegner to take the early advantage. At No. 1, the No. 17 tandem of Bianca Sanon and Kanika Vaidya came back from a 4-2 deficit to clinch the doubles point for Columbia with an 8-4 win over Stefanie Mikesz and Anki Wind.
Columbia took a 2-0 advantage as No. 59 Vaidya defeated Mikesz, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 1. However, Memphis answered back as Hibberd took down Ioana Alecsiu, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 6 to get the Lady Tigers on the board. Wind then knotted up the match following a 6-4, 6-2 win over Leung at No. 4 for a 2-2 score.
Marta Morga gave Memphis its first lead of the day as she won the third set in a tiebreaker, 6-1, 1-6, 7-6, over Vivian Cheng at No. 5 for a 3-2 Memphis advantage. However, the Lions responded as Sanon came away with a 6-4, 6-7, 6-2 win at No. 2 over Skylar Kuykendall before Jiang pulled out a 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 victory over Wegner at No. 3 to give Columbia the win.
The Lady Tigers are back at home at The Racquet Club of Memphis on Mar. 10 with a 12 p.m. (CT) match against No. 66 VCU.
#36 Columbia 4, #43 Memphis 3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,6,4,5,2,3)