Women's Tennis Drops 5-2 Match to No. 20 Tulsa
Go Tigers!
Go Tigers!

Go Tigers!

April 12, 2014

TULSA, Okla. - The No. 38 University of Memphis women's tennis team could not hold on to a 2-1 lead Saturday afternoon as No. 20 Tulsa won its eight-straight match against the Lady Tigers with a 5-2 win at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

Tulsa (15-4) grabbed the early 1-0 lead by claiming the doubles point with an 8-1 win at No. 1 and an 8-5 decision at No. 3.

However, Memphis (13-8) answered as Anki Wind claimed a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Saana Saarteinen at No. 5 to tie up the match at 1-all. Skylar Kuykendall then delivered for the Lady Tigers at No. 1 with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Yelena Nemchen to give Memphis a 2-1 advantage.

At No. 4, Marcelina Cichon handed Marta Morga her first defeat in dual play this season, pulling out a tight 7-5, 6-4 win to even the match. Tulsa then received wins at the top of the lineup as Renata Kuricova recorded a three-set victory at No. 2 over Caroline Wegner before Rongrong Leenabanchong clinched the match for the Golden Hurricane with a win over Stefanie Mikesz at No. 3. Maria Sant'Anna finished the contest with a three-set super tiebreaker win at No. 6 against Liza Tymchenko for the 5-2 final.

Memphis next competes in the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championships, Apr. 17-20, at the USF Varsity Courts in Tampa, Fla. The Lady Tigers will await to learn their seeding and opponent in the coming days.

1. Skylar Kuykendall (MEM) d. Yelena Nemchen (TLS) 7-5, 6-1
2. Renata Kuricova (TLS) d. Caroline Wegner (MEM) 0-6, 6-4, 6-4
3. Rongrong Leenabanchong (TLS) d. Stefanie Mikesz (MEM) 7-6 (5), 6-0
4. Marcelina Cichon (TLS) d. Marta Morga (MEM) 7-5, 6-4
5. Anki Wind (MEM) d. Saana Saarteinen (TLS) 6-4, 6-1
6. Maria Sant'Anna (TLS) d. Liza Tymchenko (MEM) 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (3)

1. Renata Kuricova/Marcelina Cichon (TLS) d. Skylar Kuykendall/Liza Tymchenko (MEM) 8-1
2. Rongrong Leenabanchong/Carol Benito (TLS) vs. Caroline Wegner/Stefanie Mikesz (MEM) 5-2, unfinished
3. Maria Sant'Anna/Saana Saarteinen (TLS) d. Marta Morga/Anki Wind (MEM) 8-5

Match Notes:
Memphis 13-8; National ranking #38
Tulsa 15-4; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,1,4,2,3,6)



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