Women's Tennis Completes 2012-13 Recruiting Class
Aug. 2, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - University of Memphis women's tennis coach Lee Taylor Walker announced the additions of Caroline Wegner and Liza Tymchenko to the team Thursday. Wegner is a native of Hagen, Germany, while Tymchenko hails from Kharkov, Ukraine. The two will begin competing for the Lady Tigers in September.
"They are mature, and will waste no time in taking advantage of all the opportunities our city, University and tennis program has to offer," Walker said. "I know they will be two of the best players in Tiger Tennis history. Their pre-college results attest to that. But more than this, I look forward to having fun with them and helping them reach for their dreams. They both have great personalities and it's been exciting getting to know them more the last few months. We can't wait until they get here."
Wegner comes to the U of M as the 64th-ranked woman in Germany after playing at Fichte-Gymnasium during her prep days. Wegner captured the ITF Luzern (Switzerland) Under-18 Girls singles title in 2008. In 2011, Wegner was the winner of the Rewe Cup in the under-21 division, and reached the final in the Head German Master Series. Wegner reached as high as No. 3 in Germany in the junior rankings, advancing to the German Junior Championships twice.
Tymchenko, who transferred from Kharkov National University, played in WTA tournaments in Ukraine from 2009-11. Her career-high WTA doubles ranking reached 967, and she has wins in singles play over players ranked in the 300's in the WTA. In 2009, Tymchenko was a finalist at the Ukraine Summer Championships and a semifinalist at the Ukraine Winter Championships. The following year, Tymchenko advanced to the semifinals at the Kharkov Open before becoming a semifinalist at the 2011 Krym Spring National Tournament.
"Tiger Tennis has a lot of momentum right now, and the additions of Caroline and Liza will only keep this going," Walker said.
Skylar Kuykendall, a native of Jasper, Ala., signed with the team last November, and will round out the Memphis freshman class. Kuykendall reached as high as No. 250 in the world in the junior rankings, producing wins over top-100 ITF world-ranked juniors and top-550 WTA world-ranked women.
Memphis will open its season Friday, Sept. 21, in Amelia Island, Fla., at the USTA 10k. The Lady Tigers will look to build off last year's memorable season that included a trip to the NCAA Championships for Courtney Collins, and three players finishing the year ranked in the top-100 in the nation in singles play.