Women's Tennis Downs UAB, 4-0
April 14, 2003
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The University of Memphis women's tennis team will finish their 2003 season in either a tie for fifth place or a tie for seventh place following a 4-0 win over No. 8 seed UAB, Monday. The Lady Tigers improved their record to 16-7 overall, marking just the fifth time in school history that the Lady Tigers have hit the 16-win mark.
Memphis used a pair of doubles wins at No. 1 and No. 3 to go up 1-0 early in the match. The Lady Tigers then made short work of the Lady Blazers, winning the No. 1 singles match 6-1, 6-0 and the No. 5 singles match 6-3, 6-1. Senior Sumitra Rao clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 3 singles to advance the Lady Tigers to face Marquette at 9 a.m., Tuesday.
With the loss, UAB finishes tied for 11th with the University of South Florida, who lost to DePaul, 4-2, Monday. Also in the consolation bracket, Houston will face Louisville, who upended Memphis in the second round, in a battle for third place.
In the championship bracket, the top two seeds moved easily into the championship finals as No. 1 seed Tulane blanked No. 3 seed Houston, 4-0, while No. 2 seed TCU swept Louisville, 4-0. Both programs are nationally-ranked and Tulane has not given up a point yet with a pair of 4-0 wins, while Marquette wrestled one match away from TCU in a loss.
Memphis 4, UAB 0
Championship Final: No. 1 Tulane vs. No. 2 TCU, Noon
Consolation Final: No. 3 Houston vs. No. 6 Louisville, Noon
For Tie for 5th Place: No. 4 Memphis vs. Winner Charlotte/Marquette, 9 a.m.
For Tie for 5th Place: No. 7 DePaul vs. Winner ECU/Cincinnati, 9 a.m.