Jan. 27, 2013
New Orleans - It took one more match than previously anticipated, but the 55th-ranked Tulane women's tennis team reached the win column for the first time this season following a 4-1 victory over Akron today in the consolation match of the ITA Kickoff Weekend at Marks Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif.
Less than 24 hours after coming up short to No. 67 UC Irvine in its opener, the Green Wave returned to the same form that helped it win 19 matches a year ago. Tulane took the double points and then won three of four singles contests to wrap up its first victory and improve to 1-1 this spring.
"I am pleased with our energy and focus today against a very solid Akron team," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "I wanted to see how well we responded today after playing such a disappointing spring opener yesterday and the girls did a great job of just getting back to work and playing to win. We honestly looked more like ourselves today by not playing nervous tennis and by controlling our emotions and being able to ride out momentum shifts. I am confident in saying that if we would have played this way yesterday, the result would have definitely been different.
"We will now move on with our preparation for a tough conference match on Friday vs. SMU as we know this one will be yet another test."
The two teams began the day in doubles and it was the combination of senior Emma Levy and junior Jenny Hois that helped the Wave gain some early momentum with their, 8-2, victory over Akron's Andrea Duva and Madison Cohen at the No. 3 position.
Tulane then secured the all-important doubles point when the seasoned duo of seniors Caroline Magnusson and Caroline Thornton dispatched the Zips' duo of Olga Shkundina and Ksenia Berestetska, 8-1, at the No. 2 spot.
With Akron threatening to climb back into the match, the Wave went up 3-1 following a, 6-2, 6-1, win by Levy over Prang Pantusart at No. 2, and it was Thornton who clinched the win with her, 6-3, 6-2, decision over Berestetska at the fifth spot.
Tulane will play its first home match of the year against Conference USA rival SMU at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m.
(1) Klara Vyskocilova/Ipek Birol (TUL) vs. Prang Panusart/Angelina Jogasuria (Akron), 4-4 (DNF)
(2) Caroline Thornton/Caroline Magnusson (TUL) def. Olga Shkundina/Ksenia Berestetska (Akron), 8-1*
(3) Emma Levy/Jenny Hois (TUL) def. Andrea Duva/Madison Cohen (Akron), 8-2
Order of finish: 3, 2*
(1) Klara Vyskocilova (TUL) vs. Olga Shkundina (Akron), 6-4, 2-4 susp.
(2) Emma Levy (TUL) def. Prang Pantusart (Akron), 6-2, 6-1
(3) Angelina Jogasuria (Akron) def. Jenny Hois (TUL), 3-6, 3-6
(4) Ipek Birol (TUL) vs. Angelika Jogasuria (Akron), 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 susp.
(5) Caroline Thornton (TUL) def. Ksenia Berestetska (Akron), 6-3, 6-2*
(6) Caroline Magnusson (TUL) def. Madison Cohen (Akron), 6-1, 6-1
Order of finish: 6, 3, 2, 5