Memphis Set For Showdown With Rival Tulsa
Go Tigers! Alyssa Hibberd is 14-2 in dual matches this season.
Go Tigers!
Alyssa Hibberd is 14-2 in dual matches this season.
Go Tigers!

April 13, 2013

#28 Memphis at #26 Tulsa

Michael D. Case Tennis Center - Tulsa, Okla.

Sunday 12 p.m. CT

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The No. 28 University of Memphis women's tennis team (16-4) has revenge on their minds this weekend when they travel to Oklahoma to take on No. 26 Tulsa (16-5) in the their final regular season match.

Memphis is coming off a 4-3 win last Sunday over No. 21 Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. The Lady Tigers took a commanding 3-0 lead after winning the doubles point and getting help from Caroline Wegner and Tiffany Welcher in singles. The Fighting Irish picked up wins at No. 1, 3 and 4 to make the match come down to court No. 5 between Alyssa Hibberd and Molly O'Koniewski. Hibberd took the first set 7-6 (4) before O'Koniewski answered with the same score in the second set. With the set tied at 3-all, Hibberd won three of the final four games to pick up a 6-4 win and help Memphis capture the biggest win on the road in program history.

The Lady Tigers will square off against the Golden Hurricane at Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center at noon.

"I know our girls love the emotional challenge playing Tulsa brings and I am confident we will give it our all tomorrow," Walker said. "Tulsa is a great team and it will take a huge effort to beat them on their home court. Last week's win at Notre Dame proved we are capable of beating a top-25 team on the road. The next step is to increase our focus and be dominant on the road. It's going to be a fun and entertaining match for sure."

At the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in late January, the Golden Hurricane pulled out a 4-3 win over Memphis in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Lady Tigers took the doubles point and extended their lead to 2-0 with a win from Skylar Kuykendall at No. 6. However, Tulsa answered with three-straight wins at No. 1, 2, and 4 before Caroline Wegner tied it up at 3-all with a win at No. 5. The Golden Hurricane would get the win with the lone three-set match of the day at No. 3.

"Since our 4-3 loss to Tulsa in January, our team has grown closer together," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "We have done all the uncomfortable, hard-working things a championship team must do to improve. It's not been an easy road, but it's been gratifying every step of the way."

Scouting the Golden Hurricane

Tulsa comes into the match with a 16-5 record and riding a seven-match winning streak. The Golden Hurricane have suffered four 4-3 losses this season with all of their defeats coming to ranked opponents. No. 18 Samantha Vickers leads Tulsa with an 18-1 mark in dual matches. No. 18 Vickers and Isaura Enrique are the Golden Hurricane's top doubles duo with a 15-3 record this spring.

Series Notes
Tulsa owns a 5-1 all-time mark against Memphis dating back to the first meeting in 1978. The Lady Tigers defeated the Golden Hurricane in 1991, 5-1, in a neutral site match. The last four meetings between the two teams have been very close with two 4-3 scores and two 5-2 decisions.

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 33-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. Memphis ended 2013 with a 14-0 mark at home, the second-most wins the Lady Tigers have compiled on their home court in one season. The school record is 15, which was achieved in the 1976-77 season, when Memphis went 15-4 at home. Under head coach Lee Taylor Walker, the Lady Tigers are 45-6 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. 28 in the latest ITA poll.

Courtney Collins is ranked No. 44 in singles with a 13-6 record in dual matches this season. Collins also ranks in doubles with Kelly Gray at No. 65 in the nation, while the German duo of Stefanie Mikesz and Caroline Wegner are No. 59.

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
Mar. 26 32
Apr. 2 36
Apr. 9 28

Upperclassmen Making History
Collins moved into second in career singles wins at the University of Memphis two weeks ago. She enters Sunday's matches with a 93-41 record, and needs just five more victories to break Stacy Seamans' (1979-83) record of 97. Junior Stefanie Mikesz entered the top-10 in career singles wins last month, and is now eighth with 63 career victories.

In doubles, Kelly Gray is fifth in the school record books with 77 career wins. Collins has tallied 74 during her career for sixth, while Mikesz is eighth with 64 wins.

Player Singles Wins Player Doubles Wins
1. Stacy Seamans 97 1. Sabrina Lindemann 92
2. Courtney Collins 93 T2. Renee Wickum 89
3. Wendy Sturm 91 T2. Wendy Sturm 89
4. Annika Ewaldson 89 T2. Stacy Seamans 89
5. Christina Ladyman 86 5. Kelly Gray 77
6. Sabrina Lindemann 80 6. Courtney Collins 74
7. Renee Wickum 75 7. Christina Ladyman 71
8. Stefanie Mikesz 63 8. Stefanie Mikesz 64 
9. Betsy Card 62 T9. Louanne Melone 59 
10. Louanne Melone 60 T9. Rose Grasso   59 

Upcoming Matches
The Lady Tigers will look to capture their first conference title at the C-USA Championships on the University of Houston's John E. Hoff Courts, Apr. 18-21.

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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