March 13, 2014
|| No. 43 Memphis vs No. 51 USF
|| No. 43 Memphis vs UCF
|| Matchday Links
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - After extending their home win streak to 37 matches, the No. 43 University of Memphis women's tennis team makes their second trip to Florida this spring to take on conference foes USF and UCF.
Memphis (9-5) first faces No. 51 USF (12-3) on Friday at 10 a.m. (CT) in Tampa before squaring off against UCF (4-5) at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Orlando.
The Lady Tigers are coming off a 5-0 victory over VCU on Monday in Memphis for their second win over the Rams this season. Memphis took the doubles point against VCU to improve to 8-0 on the season when taking the 1-0 advantage. The Lady Tigers went 3-0 with wins in the bottom of the lineup before Skylar Kuykendall ended the day with a win in her first career match at No. 1 by beating No. 73 Cindy Chala in three sets. With the win, the squad pushed its school record home win streak to 37 matches, which dates back to Feb. 1, 2010.
USF and UCF both hold series leads over the Lady Tigers as USF has a 6-1 mark vs. Memphis and UCF is 7-2. Memphis swept UCF last season with a 6-1 win at home and a 4-0 victory in the Conference USA quarterfinals. This will be the Lady Tigers' first meeting with the Bulls since 2011. Memphis' lone win against USF came in 2003 with a 5-1 victory on the road.
Scouting the Bulls
USF brings in a nine-match win streak after defeating conference foe SMU on Wednesday. The Bulls have two wins over ranked teams this season with a 4-1 win over then-No. 72 Ohio State and a 6-1 win over No. 66 Tulane. USF is led by Loreto Alonso-Martinez, who carries a 12-1 mark at No. 1 singles.
Scouting the Knights
UCF comes into Saturday having lost three of its last four matches, two by a score of 4-3. Courtney Cesarini leads the Knights in wins during dual play with a 6-3 record, primarily at No. 4.
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 in 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). Junior Alyssa Hibberd is also high on the all-time charts, totaling 67 singles wins and 71 doubles wins in her time at Memphis. Hibberd is currently ranked ninth in both categories.
Memphis freshmen Marta Morga and Anki Wind have had great starts for the Lady Tigers this spring, compiling a combined 15-1 record in singles play. Morga is currently riding a seven-match win streak, while Wind has been just as impressive by carrying a six-match win streak. Morga is 7-0 in dual play this season, while Wind holds an 8-1 record in dual matches with her only loss coming in a third-set tiebreaker against TCU's Seda Arantekin. Morga is 17-5 this season and Wind has a team-high 18 wins with an 18-9 mark.
Up Next for Memphis
The Lady Tigers return home Mar. 21 to face conference foe Louisville in a 1 p.m. (CT) match-up at The Racquet Club of Memphis.