MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis women's tennis team (5-2) is back in action Sunday at 10 a.m. when the Lady Tigers host No. 16 Virginia (1-3) at The University Club.
Memphis picked up two big wins last week with a 4-2 victory over No. 42 Kansas State and a come-from-behind win against No. 70 Columbia. The Lady Tigers hosted ranked opponents for the first time since 2003 and defeated their highest ranked opponent in program history with the defeat of Kansas State.
Scouting the Opponent
Virginia is 1-3 on the year with all three losses coming to top-15 teams at the ITA National Indoor Championships. The Cavaliers began the season with a 5-2 win over No. 49 VCU before falling to No. 6 USC, 4-1, No. 12 Michigan, 4-2, and No. 10 Texas A&M, 4-1. Virginia has several players in the national rankings with No. 11 Julie Elbaba, No. 46 Stephanie Nauta and No. 92 Li Xi. Elbaba and Nauta are both having successful freshman campaigns with 17-4 and 15-4 marks, respectively. In doubles, senior Erin Vierra and freshman Maci Epstein are No. 5 in the nation while Xi and Nauta are No. 17.
Series Notes This will be the first meeting between the two schools and the first time Memphis has hosted an ACC team.
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 24-match home 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 36-6 at home.
Movin' On Up Memphis received its highest ranking in school history on Feb. 19 as ITA placed the Lady Tigers at No. 39 in the nation, jumping 12 spots in the poll from No. 51. The program's previous high was No. 50, which they achieved on Jan. 30. The Lady Tigers have moved up in the rankings every week except the Feb. 12 poll after not playing the previous week.
Courtney Collins moved into the singles rankings last week to 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 Team Rankings
Upcoming Matches Memphis begins a three-match road swing next week with a trip to Nashville to face No. 17 Vanderbilt on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The Lady Tigers then head west to Tempe, Ariz., where they will play two top-30 teams in No. 27 Arizona State and No. 30 Saint Mary's. Memphis will face SMC on Mar. 3 before playing host ASU the following day.
Record Watch 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 84 wins and needs 14 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.