Women's Tennis Swings Back In Action Tuesday
March 31, 2008
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - After an eight day break since their last match, the University of Memphis women's tennis team will swing back into action Tuesday with a road match at nearby Arkansas State at 3 p.m.
Memphis comes in to the match following a break after picking up a sweep at Austin Peay on Mar. 22nd to improve to 7-9 on the season. Sophomore Ashley Murdock carries a two-match win streak in to Tuesday's match-up, improving to 5-4 at No. 1 singles in her first semester as a Lady Tiger, while fellow sophomore Dara Toulch will also carry a two match winning streak into Tuesday. Toulch improved to 6-8 in dual season singles with her last two wins, giving her 10 singles victories for the season.
Teammates Amanda Brown, Marjorie Ondeck and Lindsey Wiseman all sport one match winning streaks with them into the match, which will be played in Allen Park in Jonesboro. Ondeck leads Memphis with 14 singles wins on the season, including an 10-5 mark in dual season play, while Brown is solidly in double digits with 11 singles wins, including a 4-10 mark in dual season play. Wiseman is having a solid freshman campaign, picking up her 10th singles victory of her career. Wiseman is 6-8 in dual season play and 10-15 so far in her career.
Against an Arkansas State team that has won two straight matches and has improved to 8-7 overall on the season, Memphis will need to get a solid start in doubles play. The Lady Tigers won the doubles point in five of their first seven matches of the season, but have found themselves trying to work out of a hole in their last nine matches, winning the doubles point in just two of those nine outings.
ASU and the Lady Tigers have played a handful of similar opponents already this season. Both teams lost to Northwestern State and South Alabama, while ASU defeated Southern Illinois, 5-2, in its last match, while Memphis lost to SIU, 4-3 in its third match of the season back on Feb. 8th.
The non-conference match will be a precursor to a big Conference USA weekend for the Lady Tigers this weekend. Memphis will host three other C-USA squads in conference play over three days this weekend. There is rain in the forecast for later in the week, but as of now, the schedule for this weekend will be as follows (all matches played at Rhodes College if no rain):
Friday, April 4th -
Saturday, April 5th -
Sunday, April 6th -
In case of rain, please watch www.gotigersgo.com for locations and times of matches.