Women's Tennis Starts 2003-04 at UT-Chattanooga Friday
Sept. 24, 2003
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Coming off a tie for a fifth-place finish at the Conference USA Championships in 2002-03, the University of Memphis women's tennis program will be doing some major revamping of its lineup starting Friday at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Baras Fall Classic. Gone from the fifth-place finishing team are seniors Sabrina Lindemann, Monica Gonzalez-Gordo and Sumitra Rao. Their absences open up the top three singles spots and the entire No. 1 and half of the No. 2 doubles lineups.
Looking to fill those absences at the top of the line-up will be returning Lady Tigers Marlene Dirnstorfer, Viktoria Gruber and Andrea Feichtinger. Dirnstorfer posted a 12-4 singles record last spring, adding a 7-3 mark at No. 5 singles and a 3-1 mark at No. 4. Dirnstorfer will start her 2003-04 season against UT-Chattanooga's Catherine Allen at 9 a.m., Friday, in the Round of 32 after receiving a first-round bye.
Gruber spent a majority of her season among the No. 3 and 4 singles spots during the spring of her sophomore year. The Vienna, Austria, native finished with a 13-7 singles mark, including a 9-4 record at No. 4 singles. She will start her junior season with a first-round bye and then a match against UT-Chattanooga's Cynthia Oulevay at 10:30 a.m., Friday.
Feichtinger was one of two Lady Tigers to tie for the team lead with a 17-5 singles mark in the spring. Posting a 7-3 record at No. 5 and an 8-1 record at No. 6, Feichtinger will likely move to the top third of the Lady Tigers' line-up this season, starting this weekend in the A Singles bracket. She will also receive a first-round bye before opening with a match against fellow C-USA member Laura Swain from Charlotte at noon, Friday.
Lady Tiger head coach Charlotte Peterson is looking for Germantown High School graduate Kristin Noble to move into the top six in her sophomore season after posting a 4-4 mark as a freshman, including a 1-0 mark at No. 5 and a 3-4 record at No. 6. Noble will receive a first-round bye at UTC before opening against Chattanooga's Beth Flanagan at 10:30 a.m., Friday. Noble will be the Lady Tigers' lone representative at B Singles.
In C Singles, a trio of Lady Tigers, including two newcomers, will be looking to break into the bottom portion of the line-up. Senior Rebecca Garner is back for just the fall semester, and will start her final semester of collegiate tennis against Erskine's Kimmons Kiser at 9 a.m., Friday at the UTC courts. At 10:30 a.m., Friday, freshman Alex Tjioe will start her Lady Tiger tennis career with a mark against Marilyn Clark from Charlotte, offering the freshman her first peek at Conference USA talent in just her first collegiate tournament.
Freshman Christina Wieser will also open her college career in the C singles bracket. Wieser will open her career against Shorter's Estefania Angelone at 10:30 a.m., Friday, at the UTC courts.
The Lady Tigers will also open their doubles season at the UTC tournament. The team of Feichtinger and Gruber drew the No. 4 seed in the A Doubles bracket after finishing with a 13-6 mark last year, including an 8-4 mark at No. 3 and a 5-2 record at No. 2. That duo will receive a first-round bye and will face the winner of the Monica Ribero and Viviana Rivero (Toledo) and Melisa Cansado and Margot Carter (Tennessee Tech), match. Feichtinger and Gruber will open their doubles season at 6 p.m., Friday, at The Champions Club, one of two sites being used this weekend.
Also competing in A doubles, will be the team of Dirnstorfer and Noble. The two paired together for a 3-0 record at No. 3 singles during the spring, and will open against C-USA foe Charlotte and its duo of Ofra Friedman and Laura Swain at 4 p.m., Friday, at The Champions Club.
The final Lady Tiger duo will compete in B singles, where newcomers Tjioe and Wieser will team together to face Charlotte's Clark and Lindsey Morris. Clark will also be Tjioe's singles opponent in C singles. That match will take place at 5 p.m., Friday, at The Champions Club.
Garner will team with Chattanooga's Katie Flanagan to form a mixed-school doubles team. That duo will face Belmont's Burgandy Moss and Megan Whalen at 5 p.m., Friday.