Lady Tigers Down Redbirds, 7-0
March 16, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The No. 31 University of Memphis women's tennis team (11-4) had little trouble in picking up their 29th-straight home victory with a 7-0 win over Illinois State (6-8) on Saturday afternoon.
"We are getting better. I can tell everyone is getting closer to defining exactly how they want to play," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "Matches like this can sometimes get sloppy, but I'm proud of the team for keeping a good focus and trying to improve with each point.
The Lady Tigers took a 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point to begin the match. No. 63 Stefanie Mikesz and Caroline Wegner cruised to an 8-3 win over Heather Nisbet and Stefanie Youngberg at No. 3 before Tiffany Welcher and Alyssa Hibberd clinched the point with an 8-3 win at No. 2 over Kadi Ilves and Phyllis Tigges.
In singles, Liza Tymchenko earned a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 4 over Ilves to push Memphis' lead to 2-0. Wegner followed with a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 6 over Nisbet before Mikesz gave the Lady Tigers the win with a 6-2, 6-0 victory at No. 5 over Youngberg.
Hibberd continued her dominant play with her 11th win in the dual season by defeating Carolina Abello, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 3. Courtney Collins recorded her 89th career win over Emmie Marx, 6-2, 6-1, to put her in a tie for third in career singles wins at Memphis. Skylar Kuykendall closed out the match for Memphis with her eighth-straight win, downing Tigges at No. 2, 6-4, 6-3.
The Lady Tigers return to the court next Saturday when they host South Alabama and Southern Illinois beginning at 9:30 a.m. Admission is free to both matches.
"These next two weeks of practice will determine our April," Walker said. "I have an incredible sense of urgency to improve these next two weeks and I hope the ladies do too. This season has been great and it's been a privilege to coach this team each and every day. We don't want to get content. We want to be the best we can be."