Memphis Set For Showdown With Rival Tulsa
April 13, 2013
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."
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Memphis in the Rankings
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.
Upperclassmen Making History
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.
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