April 11, 2014
|| No. 38 Memphis vs No. 20 Tulsa l 12 p.m. l Michael D. Case Tennis Center - Tulsa, Okla.
|| Matchday Links
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The No. 38 University of Memphis women's tennis team concluded their home schedule last Sunday with a 7-0 sweep over Marquette to extend their school record home winning streak to 39 matches. On Saturday, the Lady Tigers will look to defeat Tulsa (14-4) in Oklahoma when they square off at the Michael D. Case Center at 12 p.m. (CT) in the team's final regular season match.
"Tulsa has had our number for several years," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "We know it will be tough. It's always tough, but we feel more prepared than ever before and I like our chances this weekend. Regardless of the outcome, I'm proud of where this team is right now and I know it is great preparation for the conference championship next week."
Last week, Memphis (13-7) finished undefeated at home for the fifth-straight season following a 6-0 mark this season. Senior Stefanie Mikesz competed in her final match at The Racquet Club of Memphis, where the Lady Tigers went a perfect 31-0 at home during her career.
Among the Best
Mikesz has had a successful career while donning the Blue and Gray. A two-time Conference USA selection, Mikesz is the sixth-winningest Lady Tiger in the program's 39-year history with 164 combined wins (80 singles, 84 doubles). She is tied for sixth in career singles wins and is fifth in career doubles wins.
|Winningest Lady Tigers
|1. Stacy Seamans (1980-83)
|2. Wendy Sturm (1980-83)
|3. Sabrina Lindemann (2000-03)
|4. Courtney Collins (2010-13)
|5. Christina Ladyman (1998-2001)
|T6. Stefanie Mikesz (2011-Pres.)
|T6. Renee Wickum (1980-83)
Freshmen Marta Morga and Anki Wind have had great seasons for the Lady Tigers this spring, compiling a combined 25-2 record in singles play. Morga is a perfect 13-0 in dual play. Wind has won 10 of her last 11 matches and sports a 12-2 record in dual matches this season. Morga has a team-high 23 wins in 2014 with a 23-5 record, while Wind is 22-10 for the second most.
Tulsa holds an 8-1 advantage in the series, but three of the last four matches have come down to the final court. The two teams faced each other three times last season with the Golden Hurricane winning 4-3 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and in Houston at the Conference USA Championships while posting a 4-2 win at home. The last eight matches have been played in Tulsa or at a neutral site. Memphis' lone win over the Golden Hurricane came on Oct. 5, 1991 when the Lady Tigers recorded a 5-1 victory.
Scouting the Golden Hurricane
Tulsa came back from a 3-1 deficit last week to defeat Louisville on the road. In addition to the Cardinals, the Golden Hurricane have faced four other teams that Memphis has played this season - Kansas State, North Texas, Oklahoma and SMU. Both squads lost to Oklahoma but won the rest of the matches. Freshman Marcelina Cichon leads Tulsa with a 26-5 record and a 15-2 mark in dual play. Sophomore Renata Kuricova holds a 21-9 record and 8-5 in dual matches. The duo lead the team with a 10-2 mark together in doubles play.
Up Next for Memphis
The Lady Tigers travel to Tampa, Fla., next week to take part in the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championships, Apr. 17-20, at the USF Varsity Courts.