Women's Tennis Travels to Arkansas for Razorback Classic
Oct. 3, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis women's tennis team returns to action this weekend when they travel to Arkansas for the second time this fall for the Razorback Classic in Fayetteville.
Memphis will face more stiff competition this weekend with three 2013 NCAA Tournament teams - Auburn, Tulsa, Northwestern State - and tournament host Arkansas. Competing for the Lady Tigers will be redshirt senior Liza Tymchenko, junior Alyssa Hibberd, sophomore Caroline Wegner and freshmen Anki Wind and Marta Morga.
Competition will begin at 10 a.m. Friday with doubles play followed by singles. Saturday matches will start at 9 a.m. with doubles then singles action. Sunday start times will be announced at a later time.
Hibberd and Wegner will team up for the first time in doubles when they square off against NSU's Natalya Krutova and Daniela Simonova. Tymchenko and Morga will also compete in doubles together for the first time when they face Auburn's Ashley Kitchen and Lindsey Whitehead.
In singles, Hibberd will play Tulsa's Saana Saarteinen while Wegner will face Auburn's No. 93 Paula de Man in the U.S. Open Flight. In the Wimbledon Flight, Wind squares off against Tulsa's Maria Sant'Anna while Tymchenko faces NSU's Tatiana Larina. Morga is the lone Lady Tiger in the French Open Flight, receiving a bye in the first round. She will play the winner between Auburn's Whitehead and NSU's Krutova.
Last weekend, Tymchenko competed at the prestigious Riviera/ITA All-American Championships at UCLA, dropping a three-set match to Georgia's Lilly Kimbell, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, and an 8-3 setback in doubles with Skylar Kuykendall against Tulane's Klara Vyskocilova and Ipek Birol.
Hibberd and Wegner return to the court after last competing at the CCLR Collegiate Invitational in Little Rock two weeks ago. Both posted a 1-2 record in singles, facing competitors in a field that included five nationally-ranked teams. Wegner had a strong start to the season in doubles with senior partner Stefanie Mikesz with the duo taking down Ole Miss' No. 24 Caroline Rohde-Moe and Marija Milutinovic, 8-6, to finish their first tournament with a 2-0 record.
Wind and Morga will play against collegiate competition for the first time this season after opening the season at the Amelia Island 10k two weeks ago. Wind advanced to the third round of the qualifying draw before falling to Kate Turvy - Northwestern's No. 1 player from 2013 - to finish with a 2-1 mark in her first tournament as a Lady Tiger.