Women's Tennis Downs No. 60 Louisville, 5-2
March 21, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The No. 48 University of Memphis women's tennis team (11-6, 3-1 American) pushed their home winning streak to 38 matches with a 5-2 victory over No. 60 Louisville (9-3, 2-1 American) on Friday at The Racquet Club of Memphis.
"Our team as a whole needed this today," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "The team is tired physically, mentally and emotionally from the toughest schedule we have ever played. Everyone fought hard and got us a much-needed ranked win before having the weekend off to refuel for the home stretch. I'm happy for our team and we want to get fresh for Baylor. We have the talent to beat them, but we need to be healthy, mentally sharp and full of emotion."
The Lady Tigers took an early 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point. Memphis improved to 10-0 this season when taking the point. Alyssa Hibberd and Skylar Kuykendall cruised to an 8-2 win at No. 3 over Cassie Pough and Olivia Boesing to give Memphis an early advantage. However, Louisville answered as Julia Fellerhoff and Elle Stokes won 8-6 over Stefanie Mikesz and Anki Wind at No. 2 to make it come down to one court. At No. 1, Liza Tymchenko and Marta Morga won their fourth-straight match to improve to 6-1 this year with an 8-6 win over Rebecca Shine and Manuela Velasquez to give Memphis the 1-0 advantage.
Morga quickly increased the Lady Tiger lead with a dominant 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 5 over Pough. Morga extended her win streak to 10 matches and is now 10-0 in dual play and 20-5 on the season. Wind followed with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Stokes at No. 4 to give Memphis a comfortable 3-0 lead. Wind has now won nine straight and sports an 11-1 record in dual play and 21-9 mark on the season to lead the team.
The Cardinals prevented the sweep as Shine picked up a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Mikesz at No. 2 to make it 3-1. However, Kuykendall clinched the match for Memphis as she earned a 7-6 (2), 6-4 win over Fellerhoff at No. 1 to give the Lady Tigers a 4-1 advantage. Becky Bodine earned Louisville's second point of the day with a 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8) win over Hibberd at No. 6 before Caroline Wegner ended the match by posting a 7-6 (7), 6-4 victory over Velasquez at No. 3 for a final 5-2 score.
Memphis hits the road next weekend to face Baylor on Mar. 27 and North Texas on Mar. 29 before closing out its home schedule Apr. 6 against Marquette.
#48 Memphis 5, #60 Louisville 2