Women's Tennis Faces UCF to Begin C-USA Tournament
April 18, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis women's tennis team (16-5) enters the Conference USA Championships this week as the No. 3 seed where they will face No. 6 UCF (14-7) in the quarterfinal round Friday at 2 p.m. at the University of Houston's John E. Hoff Courts.
The Lady Tigers are familiar with UCF after capturing a 6-1 win over the Knights in early March. UCF defeated No. 11 East Carolina 4-1 Thursday in the first round of the C-USA Tournament.
"We are excited to be here and get started," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "We have a pretty disciplined strategy and coaching style, so we haven't been too serious down here and we don't plan to be until we start our matches. If we stay relaxed and have fun, I know our practice and repetitions from the season will take over and we will be very successful. We look forward to playing UCF again and getting the tourney started off right for the team."
Rice comes into the tournament as the No. 1 seed with a ranking of No. 20 in the nation, while Tulsa is seeded No. 2 after ending the regular season ranked No. 24. The Lady Tigers are ranked No. 33 coming into the weekend, while No. 46 Tulane and No. 51 SMU round out the top-five teams.
Alyssa Hibberd and Skylar Kuykendall have each tallied 15 wins this spring to lead Memphis while Courtney Collins has recorded a 12-7 mark at No. 1. Hibberd and Caroline Wegner are both on eight-match winning streaks coming in while Tiffany Welcher has posted five-straight victories. In doubles, Hibberd and Welcher have been dominant as of late with 10-straight wins for a 15-4 record this spring and a 24-9 overall record.
Tomorrow's quarterfinal action will begin with Rice vs. No. 9 Old Dominion and Tulane vs. SMU at 10 a.m. before Tulsa vs. No. 7 Marshall and Memphis vs. UCF take the courts at 2 p.m. to finish off the day.