No. 33 Memphis Begins Home Slate Friday With Doubleheader
Feb. 6, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - After three-straight weekends playing out of the Bluff City, the No. 33 University of Memphis women's tennis team (2-2) looks to extend their school record 33-match home win streak when they host Murray State and Chattanooga in a doubleheader Friday on the campus of Memphis University School.
With the U.S. National Indoor Championships being held at The Racquet Club of Memphis from Feb. 8-16, the Lady Tigers are excited to host their first two home matches of the season at the new indoor tennis facility at MUS. Memphis will first face Murray State at 3:45 p.m. (CT) before taking on Chattanooga at 7 p.m. The Lady Tigers will be looking for the program's 450th win in their match against Murray State.
"It's nice to be the first-ever college match in the new indoor center at MUS, directed by Phil Chamberlain," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "Coach Chamberlain is a legend and we are grateful of him for allowing the use of their facility during the ATP tournament at The Racquet Club. We hope people will come out to see their new courts and also help us continue our home match win streak."
Memphis is fairly familiar with both opponents, having played Murray State last season and seeing Chattanooga at the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional and the Memphis Collegiate Invite in the fall.
Murray State enters the weekend with a 2-0 mark after posting 6-1 wins over Lindsey Wilson and Arkansas State. Eleonore Tchakarova began the spring ranked No. 118 in the country following a 7-1 fall campaign.
Chattanooga comes in with a 3-0 record after collecting sweeps over Austin Peay, Lipscomb and Evansville. The Mocs' No. 1 player Kayla Jones has totaled a 12-3 record this season and is on a five-match winning streak entering Friday's match.
"Murray State is better than they were last year and Chattanooga is a favorite to win their conference," Walker said. "Our attention to detail and respect for opponents will be a crucial factor in handling these matches how I know we should."
The Lady Tigers are coming off a 1-1 weekend in Norman, Okla., where they posted a 4-0 win over Iowa before falling 4-1 to No. 28 Oklahoma. Senior Stefanie Mikesz captured American Athletic Conference weekly honors Tuesday after a 4-0 weekend that included two wins in singles play over ranked opponents. This was the third-straight week a Lady Tiger took home a conference weekly honor (Marta Morga, Anki Wind).
Fans can follow along with live scoring from both matches by visiting the link here. The team's Twitter (@UofMTennis) and Facebook (MemphisWomensTennis) accounts will also have updates throughout the evening.