Women's Tennis Set For NCAA Tournament Action
May 8, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The No. 3 seed University of Memphis women's tennis team (17-6) is set to compete in their first NCAA Tournament in program history this Friday when they square off against No. 2 Florida State (16-9) at 10 a.m. CT at the University of Alabama Tennis Stadium in Tuscaloosa.
The Lady Tigers learned their fate last Tuesday when the NCAA unveiled the 64-team field. Memphis is one of 33 at-large teams in the tournament after a ranking of No. 34 in the country and a 17-6 mark following the end of the regular season. Memphis posted five wins over ranked opponents this season with three of those opponents (Virginia, Notre Dame, Saint Mary's) also advancing to postseason play.
Memphis faces Florida State for just the third time in its 38-year history and first since 1987. The Seminoles posted two 9-0 wins over Memphis in 1985 and 1987 when both teams were part of the Metro Conference.
Freshman Skylar Kuykendall leads the Lady Tigers with a 27-8 record in singles play this season. Kuykendall is 15-4 in dual matches with a perfect 6-0 mark at No. 3. Sophomore Alyssa Hibberd has won nine-straight matches coming in to Friday's match for a 26-8 mark this year. Hibberd leads Memphis with an impressive 16-2 record during the dual season. Graduate student Tiffany Welcher and freshman Caroline Wegner also enter the weekend with winning streaks of their own as Welcher has tallied seven-straight wins and Wegner has posted nine straight.
Senior Courtney Collins was recently named one of 64 athletes selected to play in the NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championships, beginning May 22 in Urbana, Ill. Collins has been the Lady Tigers' No. 1 player all season with four wins over ranked opponents. She has compiled a 15-9 record this spring after sitting out the fall to recover from shoulder surgery.
Also in the singles lineup for the Lady Tigers is sophomore Liza Tymchenko, who is 23-14 this season with three wins over ranked opponents, second-most on the team.
In doubles, Hibberd and Welcher have won 11-straight matches for a 16-4 dual match record, including a 12-2 mark at No. 2. Wegner and junior Stefanie Mikesz have totaled a 19-8 record this season, and are 8-2 in their last 10 matches.
Tickets for the Tuscaloosa Regional are $5 a day for the two-day event. Fans can purchase tickets online at RollTide.com or purchase them at the gate. Gates open one hour prior to the start of each match.
The winner of the Memphis/Florida State match will move on to face either No. 1 Alabama or No. 4 Northwestern State on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT. The Alabama/Northwestern State match is set to begin Friday at 1 p.m. CT. Live scoring for all three matches can be found at RollTide.com.
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