Women's Tennis Cruises into C-USA Semis With 4-0 Win Over UCF
April 19, 2013
HOUSTON, Texas - The No. 3 seed University of Memphis women's tennis team (17-5) defeated No. 6 UCF (14-8) for the second time this season with a 4-0 win over the Knights in the Conference USA Quarterfinals on Friday afternoon at the University of Houston's John E. Hoff Courts.
The Lady Tigers got out to a quick 1-0 lead as No. 58 Stefanie Mikesz and Caroline Wegner took down Jenna Doerfler and Sofia Baptista, 8-1, at No. 3 doubles before Alyssa Hibberd and Tiffany Welcher clinched the point with an 8-0 decision at No. 2 over Courtney Griffith and Caroline Eberhart.
"We came out really strong in doubles today," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "The girls were flying around the court and having fun playing really aggressive."
Memphis took little time in advancing to the conference semifinals for the second-straight season as No. 48 Courtney Collins downed No. 124 Genevieve Lorbergs, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 1 singles to give Memphis a 2-0 advantage. Liza Tymchenko avenged a loss to Eberhart from earlier this season with a dominant 6-1, 6-3 showing at No. 4 to push the lead to 3-0. Welcher followed with a 6-1, 7-6 win at No. 2 against Jenna Doerfler to clinch the win for Memphis.
"Courtney got us out to a strong start in singles, and everyone played with a lot of passion at a high level," Walker said. "We are fired up and ready to have some fun against Tulsa tomorrow."
The Lady Tigers will face No. 2 Tulsa for the third time this season with a 2 p.m. match tomorrow for a chance to advance to the conference finals. Tulsa has taken both matches this season after a 4-3 win in January on a neutral court and a 4-2 win last Sunday in Tulsa.
The two teams will meet in the conference semifinals for the second-straight season as the Golden Hurricane pulled out a 4-3 nail-biter last season at the Dunavant-Wellford Tennis Center in Memphis.
The winner of tomorrow's match will face either No. 1 Rice or No. 5 SMU in the championship match Sunday at 10 a.m.