Women's Tennis Heads to New England to Face No. 49 Yale and Boston College
Feb. 4, 2010
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis women's tennis squad will play two matches in New England this weekend, facing off with Boston College on Fri., Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. (CST) at the Weymouth Club in Weymouth, Mass., and No. 49 Yale on Sun., Feb. 7 at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center in West Haven, Conn., at 10 a.m. (CST). The Lady Tigers come into the weekend's matches with an overall record of 3-4. The U of M picked up a victory over the Kennesaw State Owls last Friday.
"We are excited to play to get in two matches against quality opponents this weekend," said Memphis head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "Boston College and Yale are both quality tennis programs and we hope to be able to have a good showing against them this weekend."
Sunday's match with Yale will be a homecoming of sorts for senior Marjorie Ondeck. Her hometown of Monroe, Conn., is located only 17 miles away from New Haven, Conn., where Yale University is located. Ondeck is one of four seniors on the roster this season. She currently has a 2-3 singles record at the No. 3 position.
As for the rest of the team, the Lady Tigers have been led in singles this season by freshman Courtney Collins. The native of Fulton, Miss., currently boasts a 4-3 record at No. 2 singles and has also been a leader for the U o M's doubles attack. Collins and fellow freshman Kelly Gray currently have a 3-1 mark at the No. 3 doubles spot.
Boston College comes into Friday's match with a mark of 1-2, picking up a win against Rhode Island on Jan. 31. The Golden Eagles two losses came to Yale and Dartmouth. BC is led in singles by freshmen Olga Khmylev, a native of Buffalo, NY, and Alex Kelleher, Worcester, Mass. Khmylev picked up a victory over Yale's Stephanie Kent, ranked No. 87 in the country, earlier this season.Khmylev and Kelleher also serve as the Golden Eagles No. 1 doubles pair.
Yale is led by Kent, a sophomore from Washington Depot, Conn. The transfer from Cornell University had the best record on the Big Red's women's tennis team, going 21 -13 at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles slots. Kent is joined by 122nd-ranked netter Elizabeth Epstein, a freshman from Chicago, Ill.
The Bulldogs enter Sunday's match with a 3-1 mark, including wins over No. 39 Wake Forest and No. 61 Boston University. Yale's only loss on the season came to No. 1 Duke.
In doubles, Kent and Vicky Brock, enter the match ranked No. 41 in the nation for doubles.