Women's Tennis Defeats No. 44 Saint Mary's, 4-2
March 3, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 22 University of Memphis women's tennis team (7-3) defeated their fourth ranked opponent of the season with a 4-2 win over No. 44 Saint Mary's at Arizona State's Whiteman Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon.
The Lady Tigers took a quick 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point for the first time in four matches. Stefanie Mikesz and Caroline Wegner cruised to an 8-2 win at No. 3 over Jade Frampton and Catherine Leduc while Tiffany Welcher and Alyssa Hibberd defeated No. 37 Catherine Isip and Elizabeth Searl, 8-4, at No. 2 to clinch the point for Memphis.
"I'm very proud of the doubles improvement we have shown the last two matches," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "Even though we lost the doubles point to Vanderbilt, we were going in the right direction. Today our energy was great and the improvement continued."
In singles, Hibberd won her fifth-straight match with a 6-2, 6-2 over Frampton at No. 5 to put Memphis up 2-0. No. 18 Jenny Jullien got the Gaels on the board with a 6-1, 7-5 win over No. 23 Courtney Collins at No. 1 to make it 2-1. The Lady Tigers answered as Skylar Kuykendall beat Leduc, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 4 to extend Memphis' lead to 3-1. The Gaels responded with a 1-6, 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 3 as No. 121 Danielle Flores defeated Liza Tymchenko to cut their deficit to 3-2. Mikesz clinched the win for Memphis shortly after with a 7-6 (2), 6-2 win over Searl at No. 6 to give the Lady Tigers a 4-2 victory.
"In singles, we competed well and our depth proved to be too much for them," Walker said. "Our depth and doubles are two of our strengths, and we used them today."
Memphis will face No. 21 Arizona State tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. CT at the Whiteman Tennis Center in Tempe.