Jan. 29, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane women's tennis team completed its first weekend of action this spring season on Sunday with a pair of quick 7-0 victories over Xavier (La.) and Southern at the Goldring Tennis Courts.
Tulane improved to 3-0 on the year, which marks the first time the Wave has finished with an unblemished record through its first three matches since the 2003-04 season. That season, Tulane marched out to victories in its first nine contests. The Green Wave has also not surrendered a match point this season, winning all three contests with identical 7-0 scores.
"I am very proud of our players for their efforts today," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "We focused on several things and one of those was our energy level between games and between points and I believe we made improvements there today. Are we where we need to be? No, but we're on our way. We also worked on focus and I thought we did a good job swinging through balls in second sets and closing out the matches.
"In the first match, we gave a few players an opportunity at some playing time in the line-up, including a player like Jessica Lange who's a senior. I thought it would be good to give her a chance to play in one of our first home matches and she came out and really did a nice job for us today. The great thing about this team is each player goes out plays hard no matter what position they're in and that's all you can ask for."
During the morning tilt against Xavier (La.), the Wave needed just 40 minutes to capture the doubles point following a sweep in doubles play. All three TU doubles teams chalked up 8-0 scores to give the Wave a quick 1-0 lead.
In singles play, junior Emma Helisten garnered her first single victory of the 2012 campaign when she topped Nicole DeLoach at the No. 4 spot, 6-0, 6-0, while Lange also found her way into the line-up for the first time during the young spring season and she registered a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Jordyn Goody at No. 5
Freshman Emily Dvorak was also inserted into the line-up, playing at the No. 6 position for the first time, and she didn't disappoint, producing a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Ashley McGill to clinch the match for the Wave.
Junior Emma Levy stepped to the top of the singles line-up and overcame Xavier's Kourtney Howell, 6-2, 2-6, 10-4, and junior Hila Elster claimed a 6-4, 6-4 win over Amanda Materre at the No. 3 spot to keep the Wave perfect for the match.
The afternoon match against Southern was also finished in under three hours. The Wave claimed all three doubles matches to secure the all-important doubles point heading into singles.
Tulane then cruised to straight set wins in each contest. Levy was the first to finish after she logged a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Demetria Woods at the No. 2 spot. Junior Caroline Thornton was just behind Levy with an identical, 6-0, 6-1, score over Southern's Gabrielle Moore at No. 3.
Sophomore Jenny Hois clinched the Wave's third straight win with her victory at the No. 5 position over the Jaguars' Morgan Taylor. Junior Caroline Magnusson kept the streak alive with her shutout of Lois Alexis, 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 4 spot. Magnusson now leads the team in singles wins with her 13th of the year.
Senior Lindsay Dvorak chalked up a 6-3, 6-2 win over SU's Camara Davis at the No. 2 spot and Mariam Kurdadze provided the lone drama of the day. Kurdadze captured the first set 6-1 against Carlista Mohammed, but fell behind in the second set 5-3. But the salty senior reeled off four straight games to post a 7-5 comeback victory.
Tulane returns to action with a pair of Conference USA road matches in Orlando, Fla., against East Carolina (2/4) and UCF (2/5) with each contest beginning at 9 a.m. CST.
Tulane 7, Xavier 0
*No. 1 Mariam Kurdadze/Emma Levy (TU) def. Kourtney Howell/Nicole DeLoach (XU), 8-0
No. 2 Caroline Thornton/Caroline Magnusson (TU) def. Amanda Materre/ Ashley McGill (XU), 8-0
No. 3 Lindsay Dvorak/Hila Ester (TU) def. Jordyn Goody/Amber Brown (XU), 8-0
*Clinched doubles point
No. 1 Emma Levy (TU) def. Kourtney Howell (XU), 6-2, 2-6 (10-4)
No. 2 Caroline Magnusson (TU) def. Amber Brown (XU), 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 Hila Elster (TU) def. Amanda Materre (XU), 6-4, 6-4
No. 4 Emma Helisten (TU) def. Nicole DeLoach (XU), 6-0, 6-0
No. 5 Jessica Lange (TU) def. Jordyn Goody (XU), 6-0, 6-1
** No. 6 Emily Dvorak (TU) def. Ashley McGill (XU), 6-1, 6-3
Tulane 7, Southern 0
*No. 1 Mariam Kurdadze/Emma Levy (TU) def. Carlista Mohammed/Lois Alexis (SU), 8-2
No. 2 Caroline Thornton/Caroline Magnusson (TU) def. Morgan Taylor/Camara Davis (SU), 8-0
No. 3 Lindsay Dvorak/Hila Ester (TU) def. Demetria Woods/Gabrielle Moore (SU), 8-1
*Clinched doubles point
No. 1 Mariam Kurdadze (TU) def. Carlista Mohammed (SU), 6-1, 7-5
No. 2 Emma Levy (TU) def. Demetria Woods (SU), 6-0, 6-1
No. 3 Caroline Thornton (TU) def. Gabrielle Moore (SU), 6-0, 6-1
No. 4 Caroline Magnusson (TU) def. Lois Alexis (SU), 6-0, 6-0
**No. 5 Jenny Hois (TU) def. Morgan Taylor (SU), 6-0, 6-1
No. 6 Lindsay Dvorak (TU) def. Camara Davis (SU), 6-3, 6-2