Women's Tennis Looks to Defend Titles at Dick Vitale Classic
Nov. 6, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – For the third-straight season, the University of Memphis women’s tennis team will travel to the Sunshine State for the Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic, held at the Lakewood Ranch Country Club, Nov. 8-10, in Sarasota, Fla.
Hosted by the ESPN college basketball analyst, the tournament features several of the top men’s and women’s collegiate teams from around the country. This year, the Lady Tigers will be joined by Auburn, Oklahoma State, Florida, Mississippi State, Princeton, East Tennessee State and Notre Dame. The Memphis men’s team will also attend the event.
“This tournament is by far one of our favorites,” said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. “It’s a great event on all levels from hospitality to weather to competition. I’m excited our entire team is getting to go, and I’m hopeful it will be just as much fun this year as it has been in the past. Everyone on our team is really playing well and it’s going to be a very positive way to end our fall season.”
The tournament features a 32-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw. The first two rounds in singles and doubles will take place Friday beginning at 9 a.m. (ET). Saturday will feature the singles quarterfinals and the doubles and singles semifinals, while Sunday will include the finals in both draws.
Memphis has claimed the singles title the last two years with Liza Tymchenko winning in 2012 and former Lady Tiger Mariya Slupska taking the honor in 2011. Memphis is also the reigning doubles champion as former Lady Tigers Courtney Collins and Kelly Gray teamed up together for the first time during the 2012 fall season to win the tournament.
In 2012, Tymchenko posted five-consecutive wins on her way to the title, including three victories over players from defending national champion Florida. Tymchenko’s biggest win came in the semifinal as the Memphis newcomer defeated Florida’s No. 49 Alexandra Cercone, 2-6, 6-2, 6-0. She followed with a victory over Florida’s No. 78 Caroline Hitimana, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, to claim the title.