Lady Tigers Cruise to 6-1 Win Over UCF
March 8, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - After a come-from-behind win at No. 1 doubles to win the point, the No. 25 University of Memphis women's tennis team (8-4) took five of six singles matches in straight sets to claim their first victory over UCF (7-5) in program history with a 6-1 win Friday afternoon.
"It's always great to get a win over an opponent you've never beat, so I'm very happy for us to accomplish that," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "My goal from a day to day basis as a coach is to make sure all eight of our players are building confidence and improving. The reality of our team right now is we have a couple of players not confident. We are dealing with this and the month of March as a perfect time for us to be very intentional about getting each and every player confident. It is a necessary step for our team if we want to be the best we can be."
In doubles, UCF got on top with Jenna Doerfler and Sofia Baptista defeating Liza Tymchenko and Skylar Kuykendall, 8-4, at No. 3. Memphis answered with an 8-5 win at No. 2 as Tiffany Welcher and Alyssa Hibberd downed Courtney Griffith and Caroline Eberhart. Trailing 7-6, No. 58 Courtney Collins and Kelly Gray won three-straight games to help the Lady Tigers clinch the doubles point with a 9-7 win over Genevieve Lorbergs and Josephine Haraldson.
In singles, Kuykendall won her fifth-straight match by defeating Doerfler, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 3 to improve to 21-6 on the season. Welcher quickly followed with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Haraldson at No. 2 singles before Caroline Wegner posted a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Baptista at No. 6 to clinch the match for the Lady Tigers.
Eberhart got the Knights on the board with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 4 over Tymchenko to make it 4-1. No. 23 Collins came from behind in both sets to defeat Lorbergs, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) at No. 1 while Hibberd came back from a 5-2 deficit in the first set to record a 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 win over Griffith at No. 5 to give Memphis a 6-1 win.
The Lady Tigers return to the court Sunday with a 9:30 a.m. match against Saint Louis before facing Murray State at 2 p.m.