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.

Singles
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)

Doubles
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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