Memphis Falls to Arkansas State, 6-1
April 9, 2009
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis women's tennis team took the early lead on Thursday afternoon poised to pick up their first victory over the Red Wolves in three seasons but were unable to close out the single portion of the match, falling, 6-1 at the University of Memphis Tennis Courts. With the loss, Memphis falls to 9-11, while their opponents Arkansas State improves to 12-6.
"We played very well in doubles and closed out matches well, but we were just unable to do the same thing in singles," siad Memphis head coach Lee Taylor Walker.
In doubles, the Lady Tigers started out strong taking two of three matches from their opponents from Jonesboro, Ark. At No. 1 doubles, the tandem of Ashley Murdock and Marjorie Ondeck upended ASU's Jenny Herring and Emily Laing, 8-5. With the win, Ondeck and Murdock improve to 8-4.
The Lady Tigers also picked up a doubles victory at the No. 2 position, with a victory from Amanda Brown and Lindsey Wiseman over Elne Barnard and Paula Chelminska, 9-7. Brown and Wiseman are 5-3 in doubles this season.
In singles, Barnard started things off for the Red Wolves defeating Brown, 6-3, 6-0. Brown is 6-14 in singles this year.
At No. 4 singles, Van Wyk picked up a win over Memphis' lone senior Chamberlain, 7-6, 6-3. Chamberlain has produced a mark of 4-6.
At the No. 6 spot, Laing won 6-1, 6-4, over Wiseman. Wiseman is 5-3 in singles this year.
At the No. 2 position, Chelminska picked up a win over Ondeck, 6-4, 6-3. Ondeck is 10-3 in her junior season with the Lady Tigers.
At No. 5 singles, Zora won 7-5, 7-5, over Irvin, a freshman from Queensland, Australia. Irvin is 9-12 in singles during the 2008 dual season.
At the No. 1 position, Murdock, a junior from Monroe, Ct., picked up a win in the first set, 7-6, before falling, 6-4, 10-7 in the second and third sets.
The Lady Tigers will wrap up the season with matches against Middle Tennessee on April 11 and Tulane on April 14 before heading to the C-USA Tournament in Houston, Texas.