Women's Tennis Faces UCF to Begin The American Championships
April 17, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The No. 2 seed University of Memphis women's tennis team will take on No. 10 seed UCF on Friday at 8 a.m. (ET) in an American Athletic Conference quarterfinal match at USF's Varsity Courts in Tampa, Fla. Match times for the four matches on Friday were moved up one hour earlier due to incoming weather.
The Knights (7-12) opened up tournament play Thursday with a 4-0 win over No. 7 seed Temple (8-11) to set up a match with Memphis. This will be the second time this season the two teams have squared off as the Lady Tigers won 5-2 on Mar. 15 in Orlando.
Last season, Memphis knocked out UCF in the Conference USA quarterfinals with a 4-0 victory at the John E. Hoff Courts in Houston. The Lady Tigers cruised to 8-0 and 8-1 wins in doubles to clinch the point before getting wins from Courtney Collins, Tiffany Welcher and Liza Tymchenko to seal the win.
Memphis enters the tournament with a 13-8 record after falling 5-2 to No. 20 Tulsa last Saturday in Oklahoma. Freshmen Marta Morga and Anki Wind have both recorded 13 wins in dual play to lead the squad. The two are a combined 26-3 this season. Sophomore Skylar Kuykendall will be at No. 1 this week for Memphis, having won four of her last six matches to sport a 5-3 record at the position since moving up from No. 2 singles. The duo of Morga and Liza Tymchenko will lead the Lady Tigers in doubles play this week, holding a 6-1 mark in dual play and riding a four-match win streak.
UCF is led by Josephine Haraldson, who has recorded an 8-9 mark at No. 1 this season. Clare Mendell leads the Knights with a 12-5 mark in dual play, mostly appearing at No. 6. In doubles, Caroline Eberhart and Courtney Griffith are 4-3 at No. 1, while Haraldson and Sofia Baptista lead the squad with a 5-2 mark at No. 2.
The winner of Friday's match will face either No. 3 USF or No. 6 SMU in a 12 p.m. (ET) semifinal match on Saturday.