Women's Tennis Picks Up Six Wins to Open Ohio Valley Regional
Oct. 19, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Memphis women's tennis team began the USTA ITA Ohio Valley Regional with a promising start as the Lady Tigers won six matches Friday at the Schwartz Tennis Center on the campus of Purdue University.
"I was very proud of Tiffany and Alyssa today," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "They played very discipline tennis and closed out their singles and doubles really good. Our freshmen also played at a very high level and that was good to see."
Memphis began the day in doubles as the region's No. 2 duo of Welcher and Hibberd advanced to the quarterfinals of the main draw with two quick wins. In the first round, Welcher and Hibberd took down Alex Bastock and Amy Nini of Wright State, 8-0, before defeating Kentucky's Kirsten Lewis and Nadia Ravita, 8-1, in the round of 16. The pair will face the No. 7 seed of Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum and Mara Schmidt of Purdue tomorrow at 9 a.m.
Also in doubles action was senior Kelly Gray and junior Stefanie Mikesz, who rebounded from a first round loss to win a match in the consolation draw. The Lady Tigers lost a heartbreaker in the first round to No. 8 Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine of Louisville, 9-8 (7), but won in convincing fashion in the first round of the consolation by defeating Ramona Costea and Ana Rajkovic of Miami (OH), 8-1. The duo will go up against Kentucky's Khristina Blajketvitch and Stephanie Fox tomorrow at 8 a.m.
The freshmen team of Skylar Kuykendall and Liza Tymchenko lost a close one in their opening round match to Nimisha Mohan and Alix Thurman of Miami (OH), 8-6. In the consolation draw, the two were up against the No. 4 seed of Daniela Vidal and Lynda Xepoleas from Purdue, falling 8-4.
In singles play, No.5 Welcher downed Louisville's Mandy Brown, 6-1, 6-4, in the last match of the evening to face East Tennessee State's Antonio Kolovou tomorrow at 11:45. No. 12 Hibberd also advanced to the round of 32 with a 6-4, 7-6 (5) over Kentucky's Khristina Blajketvitch, while Caroline Wegner defeated Alexa Flynn of Chattanooga, 6-0, 6-4, to move on. Wegner will now face No.8 Rebecca Shine of Louisville at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow before Hibberd takes on Cincinnati's Jasmine Lee at 12:45.
Gray, Tymchenko and Kuykendall fell in singles action Friday as Gray was defeated by Eastern Kentucky's Kristina Labeja, 6-3, 6-4, while Tymchenko lost to No. 11 Ashleigh Antal of Vanderbilt, 6-3, 6-2. Georgina Sellyn of Vanderbilt came from behind to beat Kuykendall in their match to win 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-2. The three will now compete in the consolation draw beginning tomorrow. Gray and Kuykendall will play at noon as Gray takes on Jovana Pecovski of Chattanooga while Kuykendall faces Melissa Gerritsen of Eastern Kentucky. Tymchenko will go up against Flavia Nagayama of Middle Tennessee at 1:30 p.m.
Fans go follow along with the team's progress by visiting the Memphis Women's Tennis Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MemphisWomensTennis or by visiting the team's Twitter account @UofMTennis.