Feb. 16, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis women's tennis team (4-2) will continue their four-match homestand Sunday when the Lady Tigers play host to No. 70 Columbia (2-2) at The University Club.
Memphis is coming off a win over the highest-ranked opponent in school history with a 4-2 victory over No. 42 Kansas State on Friday night.
|Scouting the Opponent
Columbia brings a 2-2 record into Sunday's match. The Lions fell to top-10 Georgia, 4-1 and top-50 Oklahoma State, 4-3, during the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, while picking up a 7-0 win over Florida International. The Lions also defeated No. 42 Kansas State with a 4-2 win Saturday. Columbia has two players ranked in singles with No. 37 Nicole Bartnik leading the way for the Lions. Freshman Kanika Vaiya has begun her collegiate career with a bang by posting a 19-3 record up until this point to rank No. 109.
Lee Taylor Walker on Columbia
"Columbia is a solid team that we played well against last year. We have both added depth to our teams and I think we both will be playing in the NCAA Tournament this year. We are happy to host them and look forward to a great atmosphere at The University Club."
This will be the second meeting between the two teams as the Lady Tigers downed the Lions, 5-2, last season in New York. Memphis holds a 3-3 record against Ivy League schools - Brown (1-0), Columbia (1-0), Princeton (1-1) and Yale (0-2) - with two of its three losses coming to ranked opponents.
This is Our House
The Lady Tigers have dominated opponents that have come to play in Memphis over the past few seasons. Memphis owns a 23-match winning streak that spans back to Apr. 9, 2009 when the Lady Tigers fell to Arkansas State, 6-1, in their last home match of the season. Under head coach Lee Taylor Walker, the Lady Tigers are 35-6 at home.
Memphis received its highest ranking in school history on Jan. 30 as ITA placed the Lady Tigers at No. 50. The program's previous high was No. 51, which they achieved last March. Memphis moved down one spot to No. 51 in the Feb. 12 poll.
Courtney Collins moved into the singles rankings this week at No. 61 after beginning the spring with a 4-2 record. Memphis has two doubles teams ranked in the top-50 in the nation with the duo of Collins and Kelly Gray sitting at No. 35 and Stefanie Mikesz and Caroline Wegner at No. 47.
Memphis will complete its four-match homestand Feb. 24 when the Lady Tigers host No. 16 Virginia at The University Club at 10 a.m. Admission is FREE to the match.
Collins and Gray already rank in the top-10 in career wins at Memphis as Collins is fifth in singles wins and Gray is fifth in the doubles column. Collins has now posted 83 wins and needs 15 more to break Stacy Seamans' (1979-83) record of 97. Gray has notched 72 wins during her career and needs 21 more to break Lindemann's (1999-03) school record of 92 wins.
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