Women's Tennis Drops 5-2 Decision to No. 21 Arizona State
March 4, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 22 University of Memphis women's tennis team (7-4) lost a hard-fought match to No. 21 Arizona State (10-1) on Monday afternoon in Tempe by a score of 5-2. Both teams battled throughout the day as five singles matches went to three sets and the doubles point was decided in a tiebreaker.
The Sun Devils took a 1-0 lead as Joanna Smith and Ebony Panoho defeated Tiffany Welcher and Alyssa Hibberd, 8-4, at No. 2 before Leighann Sahagun and Desirae Krawczyk won 9-8 (2) over Stefanie Mikesz and Caroline Wegner at No. 3. Also in doubles for Memphis were No. 58 Courtney Collins and Kelly Gray, who downed No. 40 Jacqueline Cako and Nicole Smith, 8-6.
In singles, ASU took a 2-0 advantage as No. 88 Cako defeated No. 23 Collins, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1. Skylar Kuykendall got Memphis on the board with a 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 3 over Sahagun to cut the Lady Tigers' deficit to 2-1. The Sun Devils answered as Stephanie Vlad pulled out a 6-2, 0-6, 6-3 win at No. 4 over Liza Tymchenko to extend their lead to 3-1. Hannah James followed with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 victory over Hibberd at No. 5 to clinch the match for ASU.
Welcher recorded an upset at the No. 2 spot as she came back to defeat No. 111 Krawczyk, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-1. Joanna Smith finished the match with a 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 win over Wegner at No. 6 to give ASU a 5-2 win.
The Lady Tigers begin an eight-match homestand Friday when they face conference foe UCF at 2 p.m.