Women's Tennis to Host South Alabama, Southern Illinois
Go Tigers! Skylar Kuykendall has recorded 24 wins in singles play this season to lead Memphis.
Go Tigers!
Skylar Kuykendall has recorded 24 wins in singles play this season to lead Memphis.
Go Tigers!

March 22, 2013

South Alabama at #31 Memphis

The Racquet Club of Memphis

Saturday 11 a.m.

Southern Illinois at #31 Memphis

The Racquet Club of Memphis

Saturday 5:30 p.m.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The No. 31 University of Memphis women's tennis team (11-4) looks to continue their four-match winning streak this Saturday when they host South Alabama (11-5) and Southern Illinois (10-1) at The Racquet Club of Memphis.

The Lady Tigers will face South Alabama at 11 a.m. before taking on Southern Illinois at 5:30 p.m. A decision will be made Saturday morning whether the teams will play indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather. The match against SIU will be played indoors.

The Lady Tigers recorded their third-straight shutout last weekend with a 7-0 win over Illinois State. Courtney Collins moved into a tie for third all-time in career singles wins with her 89th victory. Skylar Kuykendall and Alyssa Hibberd continued their winning ways as Kuykendall won her eighth-straight match while Hibberd won her fourth consecutive with a 6-0, 6-0 win in her first match of the season at No. 3 singles.

Scouting the Opponents

South Alabama has won five of its last six matches to compile an 11-5 record this season. The Jaguars fell 7-0 to No. 28 Tulsa while also suffering three narrow losses, including a 4-3 defeat to now-ranked North Texas. The bottom of the lineup for USA has been the strongest this season with Mary Angela Martin recording a 5-0 record at No. 4 while Paula Sanchez and Cinta Maria Papke are 4-0 at 5 and 6, respectively.

Southern Illinois is riding a 10-match winning streak into Saturday's match with its lone loss of the season coming to Louisville, 6-1, in late January. The Salukis have faced a couple of similar opponents as Memphis this season with a 7-0 win over UT Martin and a 6-1 victory over Murray State, two teams that Memphis swept. SIU has posted 10-1 records at No. 2 and 6 singles this year along with an 11-0 record at No. 5. Melanie Delsart and Anastacia Simons have recorded an impressive 22-2 mark in doubles this season, going 9-1 at No. 1 during the dual season.

Series Notes
The Lady Tigers have a long history with the Salukis, dating back to 1976. Memphis holds a 22-19 advantage over Southern Illinois with the last meeting coming last season with a 6-1 win for Memphis in Carbondale. The Lady Tigers have won six of the last eight meetings.

Memphis has struggled against the Jaguars with a 1-8 series record against them. The teams last squared off in 2008 as No. 59 South Alabama defeated Memphis 7-0. This will be just the third meeting between the squads in the last 15 years.

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 29-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 41-6 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. Memphis ranked No. 31 in the latest ITA poll.

Courtney Collins is ranked No. 39 in singles with a 9-5 record in dual matches this season. Collins also ranks in doubles with Kelly Gray at No. 44 in the nation, while the German duo of Stefanie Mikesz and Caroline Wegner are No. 63.

Week Memphis Team Rankings
Jan. 3 58
Jan. 22 52
Jan. 30 50
Feb. 12 51
Feb. 19 39
Feb. 26 22
Mar. 5 25
Mar. 12 31
Mar. 19 31

Kuykendall's Court
Freshman Skylar Kuykendall has posted a 24-6 record in her first season at Memphis with just three of her wins going to three sets. The Alabama native has recorded a 9-1 mark in her last ten matches with her only loss coming in a three-set tiebreaker. Kuykendall is closing in on the program's single-season singles wins record of 32, which was set during the 1981-82 season by Stacy Seamans.

Upperclassmen Making History
Collins moved into a tie for third in career singles wins at the University of Memphis after her win last weekend. Collins enters Saturday's matches with an 89-40 record, and needs just nine more victories to break Stacy Seamans' (1979-83) record of 97. Junior Stefanie Mikesz entered the top-10 in career singles wins two weeks ago, ranking ninth with 60 career wins.

In doubles, Kelly Gray is fifth in the school record books with 76 career wins. Collins has tallied 73 during her career for sixth, while Mikesz is eighth with 60 wins.

Player Singles Wins Player Doubles Wins
1. Stacy Seamans 97 1. Sabrina Lindemann 92
2. Wendy Sturm 91 T2. Renee Wickum 89
T3. Annika Ewaldson 89 T2. Wendy Sturm 89
T3. Courtney Collins 89 T2. Stacy Seamans 89
5. Christina Ladyman 86 5. Kelly Gray 76
6. Sabrina Lindemann 80 6. Courtney Collins 73
7. Renee Wickum 75 7. Christina Ladyman 71
8. Betsy Card 62 8. Stefanie Mikesz 60
T9. Louanne Melone 60 T9. Louanne Melone 59 
T9. Stefanie Mikesz 60 T9. Rose Grasso   59 

Upcoming Matches
Memphis will compete in its final home matches of the season next Saturday when the Lady Tigers host C-USA opponents UTEP and Southern Miss. Seniors Courtney Collins, Kelly Gray and Tiffany Welcher will be honored as they play their final regular season matches as Lady Tigers at The Racquet Club of Memphis.

Connect with the Lady Tigers
Fans can follow the Memphis women's tennis team on Twitter @UofMTennis and also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MemphisWomensTennis.


 

 

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