No. 43 Memphis Heads to Big Apple to Take on Familiar Foes
Feb. 28, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Following a 4-3 upset win over No. 26 Pepperdine in Memphis on Tuesday, the No. 43 University of Memphis women's tennis team (7-4) travels to New York City to face Kansas State (5-3) and No. 36 Columbia (4-2) this weekend. The Lady Tigers will take on KSU on Saturday at 9 a.m. (CT) before taking on Columbia the following day at 9 a.m.
Memphis extended its school record home winning streak to 36 matches Tuesday as freshman Anki Wind clinched the match for the Lady Tigers with a three-set win at No. 4 singles over Pepperdine's Michaela Capannolo. It was the fourth-highest ranked opponent Memphis has beaten in program history.
This is the third-straight year Memphis has faced Kansas State and Columbia, playing them in the Bluff City last season. Memphis is 4-0 the past two seasons against the two squads. The Lady Tigers hold a 2-0 series lead over Columbia and are 2-2 vs. Kansas State.
Kansas State brings a 5-3 record into Saturday's match, having dropped its last two matches to then-No. 69 North Texas and No. 23 Tulsa. The Wildcats have two ranked wins under their belt this season with a 4-2 win over No. 55 Fresno State and 4-3 victory over No. 75 Elon. KSU is led by No. 82 Petra Niedermayerova, who is 15-5 on the season and 6-1 this spring.
Columbia comes into the weekend with a 4-2 record, falling 4-3 to Georgia State on the road last weekend. The Lions' biggest win of the season came against No. 32 Yale on Feb. 9 when they posted a 4-1 win over their conference rival. Columbia has one nationally-ranked player in No. 59 Kanika Vaidya and two doubles teams in the polls with Vaidya and Bianca Sanon at No. 17 and Tina Jiang and Crystal Leung at No. 28.
Memphis freshmen Marta Morga and Anki Wind have had great starts for the Lady Tigers this spring. Morga is currently riding a five-match win streak and is 5-0 in dual play this season, while Wind carries a 5-1 record in dual matches with her only loss coming in a third-set tiebreaker against TCU's Seda Arantekin. Morga is 15-5 this season and Wind is 15-9.
As senior Stefanie Mikesz competes in her final dual season, she continues to climb up the school record books for all-time wins at Memphis. Mikesz has totaled 83 doubles victories and 77 singles wins while playing for the Lady Tigers for fifth and seventh on the all-time records, respectively. She is just 10 wins away from breaking the career doubles mark of 92, set by Sabrina Lindemann (2000-03).
After their trip to the Big Apple, the Lady Tigers return to The Racquet Club of Memphis for its second matchup this season against VCU on Mar. 10 at 12 p.m. In the season opener, Memphis defeated the Rams 4-2 in Chapel Hill, N.C. at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.