Courtney Collins Ends Career at NCAA Championships
May 22, 2013
URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Memphis women's tennis player Courtney Collins wrapped up her impressive four-year career Wednesday night in the first round of the NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championships following a loss to Texas A&M's No. 4 Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar, 6-1, 6-3, at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex.
Sanchez-Quintanar took a 1-0 lead in the first set before No. 55 Collins battled to take a 40-15 advantage in the second game. A missed opportunity at the net and two double faults gave Sanchez-Quintanar the game and a 2-0 lead. Collins answered to make it 2-1 but could not pull any closer as Sanchez-Quintanar won the final four games to take the first set, 6-1.
In the second set, Collins took a 1-0 lead and was on her way to take game two after a 40-0 advantage in the second game. However, Sanchez-Quintanar battled back to even up the set at 1-1. Collins responded with a win to make it 2-1 before the match was tied again as Sanchez-Quintanar held off a late rally from Collins in the fourth game.
Trailing 3-2, Collins knotted up the set at 3-all after coming back from a 30-0 deficit. Sanchez-Quintanar answered to take a 5-3 lead and had match point before Collins held to make it deuce. However, Sanchez-Quintanar's second match point was the winner, taking the second set, 6-3, to advance to the second round.
Collins ends her career with a 95-44 record, ranking second in the school record books in career singles victories. She leaves as the most decorated Lady Tiger in the program's 38-year history, becoming the first to be ranked in singles and advance to the NCAA Championships. Collins is also the only Lady Tiger to be named to an all-conference first team, being selected three times during her career.
NCAA First Round