Ondeck's Clutch Victory Sends Lady Tigers Past UAB, 4-3
April 2, 2010
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Senior Marjorie Ondeck, in her second to last home match as a U of M netter, rallied from being down 4-1 in the third set to defeat UAB's Giorgia Romeo, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, to help the Lady Tigers secure a 4-3 victory over their conference foe on Friday night at the University of Memphis Tennis Courts.
The win marks the second-straight 4-3 victory for the Lady Tigers after Coach Lee Taylor Walker's netters picked up a 4-3 win against Louisiana-Monroe on Wednesday. Friday's match also marked the second-straight Memphis women's tennis dual to go over the four hour mark.
With the win, the Lady Tigers improve to 11-14. Memphis has won its last three matches, all of which were at home at the University of Memphis Tennis Courts. With the loss, UAB falls to 9-8 on the season. The win gives the U of M a second-straight win over the Blazers after having not won against UAB since 2004 prior to the win in Birmingham on Feb. 10, 2009.
The Lady Tigers started off the match by picking up two wins in doubles to take the doubles point and the early lead, 1-0. At No. 1 doubles, seniors Ashley Murdock and Ondeck won 9-7 over Giorgia Romeo and Evelien Strijker to improve to 10-12 in doubles on the year.
At the No. 2 spot, Kelly Gray and Courtney Collins, both freshman for the U of M, upended Paula Alvarez and Brittany DeFelice, 8-2. Gray and Collins are 12-6 in doubles in their first seasons at the collegiate level. Their 12 doubles wins lead all Tiger doubles tandems on the season.
The Lady Tigers went up 2-0 in the match with a 6-2, 6-2, victory from Collins, a native of Fulton, Miss., at the No. 2 singles spot. The freshman defeated UAB's Strijker, a junior from Hoogeveen, Netherlands, to improve to 13-9 in singles in her first campaign with the U of M.
UAB got on the board, 2-1, with a victory at No. 5 singles from Cape, 6-0, 2-6, over Memphis senior Dara Toulch, a native of Montreal, Quebec. With the loss, Toulch falls to 3-6 in singles on the season.
The Lady Tigers took their lead to 3-1 with a third-straight singles victory from Gray, a native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., over UAB's Berger, 7-5, 6-4. Gray clinched the match with a three-set victory on Wednesday against Louisiana-Monroe. The Memphis freshman is 8-15 in singles on the year.
UAB tied the match up at 3-3 with wins at the No. 1 and No. 4 singles spots. At No. 1 singles, Alvarez defeated Murdock, Memphis' back-to-back All-C-USA selection, 7-6, 6-3. With the loss, Murdock falls to 14-11 in her senior season. At No. 4 singles, DeFelice picked up the victory for the Blazers after Brown, a senior from Whitby, Ontario, lost the second and third sets after dominating the first set, 6-2.
Ondeck's match-clinching victory at No. 3 singles improved her mark to 9-11 in her senior season with the U of M.
The Lady Tigers will return to the court on Saturday afternoon with a 2 p.m., match against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at the University of Memphis Tennis Courts. The match will serve as the final home match for Memphis seniors Amanda Brown, Ashley Murdock, Marjorie Ondeck and Dara Toulch.