Women's Tennis Looks to Defend Title in Florida This Weekend
Go Tigers! Skylar Kuykendall recorded three straight-set wins last week to win the Gray Draw at the Memphis Invitational.
Go Tigers!
Skylar Kuykendall recorded three straight-set wins last week to win the Gray Draw at the Memphis Invitational.
Go Tigers!

Nov. 8, 2012

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -The Memphis women's tennis team is closing out their fall season with a trip to Sarasota, Fla., for the Dick Vitale Lakewood Ranch Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic, Nov. 9-11, at the Lakewood Ranch Country Club.

Last year, Memphis placed two players in the finals and three in the semifinals as former Lady Tiger Mariya Slupska defeated Courtney Collins, 6-3, 6-2, in the championship match.

"This tournament was a lot of fun last year, on and off the court," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "On the court, we had three of the four semi-finalists and two in the finals playing against each other. Off the court, Dick Vitale and Lakewood Ranch do a remarkable job at entertaining the fans and teams. We will not have any of the three girls that made the semis last year participating - with Mariya graduated and Stefanie and Courtney still recovering from injuries - so we are leaning heavily on our freshmen and other players to continue a tradition of winning this tournament. Though the competition is stout, we are more than capable."

Collins will be making her season debut, appearing in doubles after sitting out up to this point to recover from shoulder surgery. Since returning from an ankle injury, Mikesz will appear in doubles for the second-straight tournament, coming off a 4-0 outing at the Memphis Invitational with partner Caroline Wegner.

Kelly Gray, Alyssa Hibberd, Skylar Kuykendall, Liza Tymchenko and Wegner will compete for the Lady Tigers in the 32-player singles draw. The doubles draw will consist of 16 teams, with three Lady Tiger pairs in the field. Mikesz and Wegner will pair up once again while Tymchenko and Kuykendall will team up, sporting a 7-3 record this season. The senior duo of Collins and Gray will compete together for the first time this season as they finished 21-8 during the 2011-12 season.

Joining the Lady Tigers in Sarasota will be players from Oklahoma State, Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, Tennessee, East Tennessee State and Mississippi State. Memphis will begin competition Friday at 9 a.m. ET with doubles play, followed by singles at 10 a.m. The quarterfinals in doubles will take place at 6 p.m. while the singles quarters will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. Semifinal action will begin at 9 a.m. with doubles and singles at 2 p.m. The championship matches are slated to begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Singles First Round Matchups - 10 a.m. ET Friday
Skylar Kuykendall vs. Antonia Foehnse (Alabama)
Liza Tymchenko vs. Kanyapat Narattana (Oklahoma State)
Alyssa Hibberd vs. Emily Zabor (Alabama)
Kelly Gray vs. Malika Rose (Oklahoma State)
Caroline Wegner vs. Meghan Blevins (Oklahoma State)

Doubles First Round Matchups - 9 a.m. ET Friday
Skylar Kuykendall/Liza Tymchenko vs. Maya Jansen/Antonia Foehnse (Alabama)
Stefanie Mikesz/Caroline Wegner vs. Caitlyn Williams/Joanna Henderson (Tennessee)
Courtney Collins/Kelly Gray vs. Britney Sanders/Julie Sabacinski (Notre Dame)



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