Women's Tennis Hosts Morehead State Friday
Jan. 31, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis women's tennis team (2-2) returns to The Bluff City for the first time in two weeks as the Lady Tigers take on Morehead State (0-3) at The University Club on Friday at 6 p.m.
Memphis is coming off two defeats at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where they fell 4-0 to No. 9 Alabama and 4-3 to No. 24 Tulsa. Freshman Caroline Wegner was the lone Lady Tiger to go undefeated during the weekend with two victories in doubles play with partner Stefanie Mikesz while also picking up a win at No. 5 singles to help Memphis stay in contention with Tulsa. Freshman Skylar Kuykendall also won in singles against Tulsa with a win at No. 6 to give Memphis a 2-0 lead. Graduate student Tiffany Welcher and sophomore Alyssa Hibberd were victorious in doubles play against the Golden Hurricane as the duo helped Memphis clinch the doubles point.
The match on Friday will be the first of four at The University Club this season for the Lady Tigers. In two weeks, Memphis will host Kansas State (Feb. 15) and Columbia (Feb. 17) before a battle with Virginia (Feb. 24) the following week. The University Club is located at 1346 Central Avenue with the indoor tennis courts located at the back left of the facility.
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"It's always rewarding for everyone involved with our past, present and future teams to reach higher rankings than before," Walker said. "However, I think our players and everyone involved with our program realize that 50 is far away from what this team can and will achieve this year. It's important for us to continue working hard, enjoying the process of doing the uncomfortable in our preparation and realizing that sometimes success comes when you least expect it."
Memphis has two doubles teams ranked in the top-35 in the nation with the duo of Courtney Collins and Kelly Gray earning a program-best No. 18 at the beginning of the season after a 4-0 fall season record. Stefanie Mikesz and Caroline Wegner came in at No. 35 in early January after a 4-1 fall mark.