Women's Tennis Falls in C-USA Semifinals



April 17, 1999

St. Louis, Mo. - - Fourth-seeded South Florida used four singles wins to upset top-seeded Tulane, 5-2, at the Conference USA Women's Tennis Tournament on Saturday.

With the loss, Tulane falls to 17-5 on the season. The Green Wave's Anna Monhartova started Tulane on the right track, posting a 7-6, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles to improve to 19-2 on the year. But from there, USF claimed wins at the 2, 3, 4 and 5 singles spots to take a commanding lead.

Genevieve Houle was a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 winner over Tulane's Maiko Cook at the No. 2 spot, while Tina Harrison used a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Jessica Kessler to claim the No. 3 position for the Lady Bulls. Marie-Eve Girard captured a 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 win over Tulane's Joyce Bergman in the No. 4 match, while Natalie Schwartz was a 6-4, 6-3 winner over Tulane's Anneli Axsater at the No. 5 match. The loss was Axsater's first this season at the No. 5 position.

Jennie Ligator brought Tulane to within 4-2 with her 6-1, 6-3 victory over USF's Ildiko Zubor at the No. 6 spot, but South Florida clinched the dual match and a spot in the finals with just one doubles match. Schwartz and Zubor teamed to post an 8-5 win over Tulane's Axsater and Molly Rollauer at No. 3 doubles, giving USF the 5-2 victory.

At the Conference USA Men's Tennis Championship in Tampa, Fla., the Green Wave's semifinal match-up with Louisville was postponed due to rain. The two squads will face off on Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. with a berth in the 1 p.m. final at stake.