Memphis Advances in NCAA Tournament With 4-1 Win Over Florida State
May 10, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 3 seed University of Memphis women's tennis team (18-6) earned their first NCAA Tournament win in program history after a 4-1 victory over No. 2 Florida State (16-10) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.
The Lady Tigers got out to a 1-0 start after picking up two wins in doubles play. The No. 64 team of Stefanie Mikesz and Caroline Wegner rallied from a 3-1 deficit to take an 8-6 decision over Kerrie Cartwright and Kristina Schleich at No. 3. Memphis clinched the point after Tiffany Welcher and Alyssa Hibberd defeated Daneika Borthwick and Francesca Segarelli, 8-5, at No. 1.
Memphis carried its strong play over into singles as Skylar Kuykendall won her 28th match of the season with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Mia Vriens at No. 3. Florida State got on the board as Amy Sargeant defeated Liza Tymchenko, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 4 to make it 2-1. No. 55 Courtney Collins answered for the Lady Tigers with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over No. 62 Borthwick at No. 1 for a 3-1 advantage.
After pulling out a tight 6-4 win in the first set, Welcher cruised with a 6-1 second set victory over No. 83 Segarelli to give Memphis the win.
Memphis will face No. 1 Alabama tomorrow at 1 p.m. CT in the second round at the Alabama Tennis Stadium. The Crimson Tide earned a 4-0 victory today over Northwestern State.