Jan. 18, 2014
New Orleans - The 53rd-ranked Tulane women's tennis team opened the 2014 spring campaign in solid fashion today with a convincing 6-1 win over Conference USA rival Southern Miss at the City Park Pepsi Center.
Tulane (1-0) rolled through doubles and claimed the all-important doubles point and then carried its momentum into singles where the team won five straight contests before Southern Miss (0-1) captured the final match of the day to avoid the shutout.
The Wave has now won its season opener in five of its last six years and now owns a five-match win streak over Southern Miss (0-1).
"Our expectation every time we take the court is to come out and perform to the best of our ability and Southern Miss has a lot of new players, but we played well for a great first test," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "They put a lot of balls in play and forced us to move around and problem-solve, and our team responded well. I am really happy with our fitness and most of all today's win. Now, we will turn our attention to the ITA Kickoff next weekend."
In doubles, TU's top duo of senior Klara Vyskocilova and sophomore Jacqui Katz cruised past USM's team of Carolin Drescher and Alex Kitchen, 6-1. TU then notched its first point of the year when sophomore Ipek Birol and freshman Sophie Blom posted a 6-3 win over Mahitha Dadireddy and Karina Gurgenyan at No. 2
In singles, Vyskocilova was quick and to the point in her match with a speedy, 6-1, 6-2, win over Dadireddy at the top spot for a 2-0 lead. Sophomore Meredith Maltby extended TU's advantage to 3-0 with a, 6-2, 6-2, win over Alex Kitchen at No. 5.
Katz added to the Green Wave total with her, 7-6, 6-2, victory over Noderer at No. 3, while Birol collected TU's sixth and final point with her, 6-4, 6-3, win over Drescher at No. 2.
Southern Miss' Kathrin Waidner claimed the lone point of the day for the Golden Eagles with her, 7-6, 6-3, win over Tulane junior Margaux Hyman at No. 6.
Tulane returns to action next week at the ITA Kickoff Weekend on the campus of Duke University in Durham, N.C. TU's two opponents will be announced in the upcoming week.
No. 1. Klara Vyskocilova/Jacqui Katz (TLN) def. Carolin Drescher/Alex Kitchen (USM), 6-1
No. 2. Ipek Birol/Sophie Blom (TLN) def. Mahitha Dadireddy/Karina Gurgenyan (USM), 6-3
No. 3. Emily Dvorak/Meredith Maltby (TLN) vs. Kathrin Waidner/Lisa Noderer (USM), unfinished
Order of Finish: 1,2
No. 1 Klara Vyskocilova (TLN) def. Mahitha Dadireddy (USM), 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 Ipek Birol (TLN) def. Carolin Drescher (USM), 6-4, 6-3
No. 3 Jacqui Katz (TLN) def. Lisa Noderer (USM), 7-6 (5-0), 6-2
No. 4 Sophie Blom (TLN) def. Karina Gurgenyan (USM), 6-3, 6-0
No. 5 Meredith Maltby (TLN) def. Alex Kitchen (USM), 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 Kathrin Waidner (USM) def. Margaux Hyman (TLN), 7-6, 6-3
Order of Finish: 1,5,4,3,2,6