March 20, 2014
|| No. 48 Memphis vs No. 60 Louisville l 1 p.m. l The Racquet Club of Memphis
|| Matchday Links
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The No. 48 University of Memphis women’s tennis team (10-6) looks to extend their school record 37-match home winning streak Friday when they face their third-straight American Athletic Conference team in No. 60 Louisville (9-2) for a 1 p.m. (CT) match at The Racquet Club of Memphis. Free pizza will be served during and after doubles play as well as free admission to the event.
The Lady Tigers went 1-1 last weekend in Florida against two conference foes with a 5-2 loss to No. 51 USF before defeating UCF, 5-2. Memphis dropped five spots this week in the ITA rankings to No. 48.
Memphis freshmen Marta Morga and Anki Wind have had great starts for the Lady Tigers this spring, compiling a combined 19-1 record in singles play. Morga is currently riding a nine-match win streak, while Wind has been just as impressive by carrying an eight-match win streak. Morga is 9-0 in dual play this season, while Wind holds a 10-1 record in dual matches with her only loss coming in a third-set tiebreaker against TCU’s Seda Arantekin. Wind has a team-high 20 wins with a 20-9 mark and Morga is 19-5 this season. Both carry a 3-0 mark in conference play.
Memphis and Louisville will square off for the first time in 11 years Friday as both teams hold a 7-7 record against each other. The Cardinals have won the last two meetings but the Lady Tigers have been victorious in six of the previous 10 matchups.
Scouting the Cardinals
Louisville brings in an eight-match win streak with its last defeat coming Feb. 1 to DePaul. Rebecca Shine and Elle Stokes lead the Cardinals in singles wins with eight apiece. The senior duo of Shine and Julia Fellerhoff are ranked No. 11 in the ITA doubles rankings, but have only played together in three dual matches this season.
The Streak Continues
Memphis has opened the 2014 season with a 4-0 record at home to extend their school record home win streak to 37 matches. Memphis has been dominant in the Bluff City under the reign of head coach Lee Taylor Walker, who holds a 49-6 record at home. The Lady Tigers’ last defeat at home came on Apr. 9, 2009, when Arkansas State handed Memphis a 6-1 loss. It was the only home loss of the season as the Lady Tigers went 6-1. In 2013, Memphis posted a 14-0 mark for the fourth-straight undefeated season at home and the fifth overall in program history. The 14 wins were the second-most home wins in a single season behind the 15 victories in 1977.
Up Next for Memphis
The Lady Tigers will make their second trip to Texas this spring when they take on top-15 Baylor in Waco on Mar. 27 before facing North Texas in Denton on Mar. 29.