Women's Tennis to Host Final Home Matches of the Season
April 7, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn.--Memphis women's tennis is set to host its final home matches of the 2011 season this weekend at The Racquet Club of Memphis. The Lady Tigers (12-8, 1-1 C-USA) will play back-to-back on Friday, April 8 beginning at 9:30 a.m. CT against conference enemy UTEP, followed by Southern University at 2:30 p.m.
The conference dual between the Lady Tigers and Miners will be a hard-fought battle as conference wins are critical with the C-USA Championships a mere two weeks away. Additionally, a win would keep Memphis' perfect home record intact as the Blue and Gray are 6-0 in the Bluff City this spring with an overall win-streak now standing at 14.
UTEP (5-11, 1-1 CU-USA) edged out New Mexico State 4-3 in its last outing on March 30th. The Miners have found more success the latter part of the 2011 season, winning five of their last nine duals after opening the season 0-7.
In the second match, Memphis will be up against the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division champion Southern Jaguars, which are currently 9-5 overall. The last time these two programs met on the court was in February of 2008, with Memphis coming out on top in a 4-1 decision in Baton Rouge.
The Lady Tigers come into thte double-header on Friday having dropped a 4-3 heartbreaker to UCF in Orlando their last time out. Junior Mariya Slupska, a native of Kiev, Ukraine, continues to lead the team in wins with her 14-5 mark at No. 2 singles, ranking her fourth in C-USA in winning percentage at the No. 2 slot.
As always, admission to Tiger Tennis events at The Racquet Club is free.
Coach Walker Garners Honors
Head coach Lee Taylor Walker will be honored on two separate occasions in the upcoming weeks for his tennis career successes as a student-athlete and coach.
Walker will be inducted in the Jackson-Madison County Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 14th. Information about the 2011 ceremony and details on the inductees can be found online by clicking here.
Furthermore, Walker was selected as one of the Memphis Fellowship of Christian Athletes' Coaches of the Month for May and will be featured in an upcoming edition of Delivered Magazine.