Liza Tymchenko Named C-USA Women's Tennis Athlete of the Month
Dec. 5, 2012
IRVING, Texas - Sophomore netter Liza Tymchenko garnered her first Conference USA honor of her career by being named the league's November Women's Tennis Athlete of the Month, the conference announced Wednesday morning.
Tymchenko finished the fall season in dominant fashion, upsetting three members from the 2012 national championship team, Florida, at the Dick Vitale Lakewood Ranch Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic in Sarasota, Fla. In the semifinal match, Tymchenko took down No. 49 Alexandra Cercone of Florida, 2-6, 6-2, 6-0, before defeating Florida's No. 78 Caroline Hitimana in the championship, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, to claim her first collegiate title. On the weekend, Tymchenko finished with a 5-0 record with additional wins over Notre Dame and Oklahoma State.
"Liza had a great tournament in Florida, and it's an honor for her to get this award considering how many good players are in our league," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "I am proud of the growth she has shown throughout this semester on and off the court. She has had a great attitude and shown a lot of discipline in all areas. Even though it's an individual award, this is something our whole team played a part in. I'm proud of the entire team and ready for the spring season."
During the month of November, Tymchenko compiled a 6-2 record in singles and 3-2 mark in doubles with partner Skylar Kuykendall. Overall, Tymchenko led the Lady Tigers with a 13-3 record in singles play and 7-4 record in doubles.
Tymchenko and the Lady Tigers will open the spring season Wednesday, Jan. 16 with matches against UT Martin and Arkansas Pine Bluff at The Racquet Club of Memphis.