Women's Tennis Finishes 2013 Home Slate With Perfect Record
March 30, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis women's tennis team (15-4, 3-0 C-USA) completed their 2013 home season with 7-0 wins over UTEP (10-10, 1-1 C-USA) and Southern Miss (0-16, 0-5 C-USA) to end the year 14-0 at home and extend their home court winning streak to 33 matches.
Playing the final home matches of their careers, seniors Courtney Collins, Kelly Gray and Tiffany Welcher were honored Saturday afternoon for the many accomplishments they have made during their time at the University of Memphis.
"It was a very special day for me," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "I was emotionally drained all day just thinking about how much these seniors mean to me. Winning the matches was great, but they were a far second to hearing from the players, parents and fans talk about the seniors and program. I am so proud of our seniors. We are not done yet. They are going to lead us to a fantastic finish this year and I am really excited about it."
Memphis began the day against UTEP as the Lady Tigers raced out to a 1-0 lead after doubles play. Welcher and Alyssa Hibberd defeated Martina Trierweiler and Rebeca Calvillo, 8-0, at No. 1 before No. 64 Stefanie Mikesz and Caroline Wegner downed Gabi Vazquez and Marie LeBlond, 8-3, at No. 2 to clinch the doubles point.
In singles, Skylar Kuykendall was the first Lady Tiger finished after a 6-3, 6-1 win over Vazquez at No. 3 for her team-best 26th win of the season. Welcher followed with a 6-2, 6-1 triumph at No. 2 over Trierweiler before Liza Tymchenko clinched the win for Memphis with a 7-5, 6-3 victory at No. 4 over LeBlond. No. 34 Collins took down Calvillo, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 1 to move into sole possession of second all-time for career singles wins at Memphis with 92. Hibberd won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 5 over Matilda Rose Tench to push the lead to 6-0 before Gray closed out the match for Memphis with a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 6 over Jamie-Leigh Michau.
Memphis continued its dominant doubles play into the afternoon against Southern Miss as No. 64 Mikesz and Wegner cruised to an 8-0 win over Macie Case and Emily Nettles at No. 3. Welcher and Hibberd recorded an 8-2 win over Kate Lanier and Mackenzie Oskin at No. 2 to give Memphis a quick 1-0 lead.
Mikesz and Wegner posted 6-0, 6-0 wins at No. 5 and 6, respectively, before Tymchenko gave the Lady Tigers the deciding point with a 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 2 over Lanier. Gray finished her final home match with a 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 4 over Oskin before No. 34 Collins closed out her career at home with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Alexus Coats at No. 1. Kuykendall ended the day for Memphis with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Elanor Grossman at No. 2 to give the Lady Tigers their seventh-straight shutout.
The Lady Tigers will travel north next Sunday to South Bend, Ind., when they face No. 16 Notre Dame at noon.