March 9, 2013
Saint Louis at #25 Memphis
The Racquet Club of Memphis
Sunday 9:30 a.m.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - After beginning Conference USA play with a 6-1 over UCF on Friday, the No. 25 University of Memphis women's tennis team (8-4) hosts two non-conference opponents in Saint Louis (8-4) and Murray State (3-4) on Sunday at The Racquet Club of Memphis.
Memphis will begin play Sunday at 9:30 a.m. against SLU before taking on MSU at 4 p.m.
On Friday, the Lady Tigers picked up their first win in program history over C-USA foe UCF as Memphis grabbed the doubles point and won five of six singles matches in straight sets to extend its home winning streak to 26 matches.
|Scouting the Opponents
Saint Louis fell to 8-4 after a 4-0 loss to UCF on Saturday afternoon in Memphis. The Lady Tigers will be the first ranked opponent of the season for SLU. Stephanie Hollis is 8-2 in dual matches this season at No. 1 while Brooke Urzendowski also sports an 8-2 record at No. 3.
Murray State brings in a 3-4 record, falling 5-2 to the Billikens on Friday at home. Carolyn Huerth is 4-2 in dual matches this season while Carla Suga and Megan Blue are both 4-3.
Memphis holds an 18-3 all-time record against the Billikens with its last loss occurring in 2006. The two teams will square off for the third-straight year with Memphis claiming a 7-0 win last year in St. Louis.
Memphis is 18-17 against the Racers with its last loss coming back in 2007. Last season, the Lady Tigers blanked MSU, 6-0, in Martin, Tenn., to help Walker remain undefeated against the Racers at 3-0.
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 26-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 38-6 at home.
Memphis in the Rankings
Memphis received its highest ranking in school history on Feb. 26 when the Lady Tigers came in at No. 22 in the nation after jumping 17 spots in the poll. After a 5-2 loss to No. 12 Vanderbilt, Memphis ranked No. 25 in the Mar. 5 poll.
Courtney Collins jumped 38 spots to No. 23 in singles after a win over a top-15 opponent. Collins also ranks in doubles with Kelly Gray at No. 58 in the nation.
||Memphis Team Rankings
Memphis will continue its eight-match homestand Saturday with a 2 p.m. match against Illinois State at The Racquet Club of Memphis.
With her win Friday, Collins moved into a tie for fourth in career singles wins at the University of Memphis. Collins enters Sunday's matches with an 86-40 record, and needs just 12 more victories to break Stacy Seamans' (1979-83) record of 97.
In doubles, Kelly Gray is fifth in the school record books with 74 career wins while Collins has tallied 73 during her career for sixth.
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