Women's Tennis Opens 2004 Season With Win

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Nancy Kockott clinched <br> the match for the <br> Green Wave at <br> No. 5 singles
Nancy Kockott clinched
the match for the
Green Wave at
No. 5 singles

Jan. 31, 2004

NEW ORLEANS, La. - - The Tulane women's tennis team won two of three doubles matches and then posted four straight-set singles wins to claim a 5-0 victory over Florida International at the Goldring Tennis Center on Saturday.

Tulane improves to 1-0 to start the season, while Florida International drops to 0-1.

Tulane took an early 1-0 lead by winning at No. 2 and 3 doubles to claim the opening doubles point. The Green Wave tandem of Ana Saaibi and Darya Ivanov cruised to an 8-1 win over the FIU team of Jovanovic and Jonson at the No. 2 spot. Jenny Kuhn and Maria Ivanov clinched the doubles point for Tulane with their 8-3 win over Suard and D'Armas at the No. 3 position.

Kuhn gave the Wave a 2-0 lead when she posted a 6-1, 6-1 win over Bruna Discordia at the No. 1 spot in singles. Kuhn is currently ranked 55th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles poll. The Wave took a 3-0 advantage with Darya Ivanov's 6-4, 6-0 win over Desanka Jovanovic in the No. 4 singles match. Junior Nancy Kockott then clinched the match for the Green Wave with her 6-2, 6-4 win over Courtney Johnson at No. 5 singles. Freshman Dori Magas was close behind, wrapping up the team scoring with her 6-4, 6-2 win over Shilla D'Armas at No. 3 singles.

Matches at No. 2 singles and No. 6 singles were suspended due to rain. The Green Wave also played without the services of No. 10 Julie Smekodub and No. 47 Maria Ivanov in singles action.

The Green Wave, ranked 26th in the most recent ITA poll, will return to action on Sunday, as the squad plays host to No. 75 Texas-Arlington at the Goldring Tennis Center. The match is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.



No. 26 Tulane 5, Florida International 0

1) Ly/Discordia (FIU) def. Kockott/Magas (Tulane), 9-8
2) D. Ivanov/Saaibi (Tulane) def. Jovanovic/Jonson (FIU), 8-1
3) M. Ivanov/Kuhn (Tulane) def. Suard/D'Armas (FIU), 8-3

1) #55 Jenny Kuhn (Tulane) def. Bruna Discordia (FIU), 6-1, 6-1
2) #71 Erika Valdes (Tulane) vs. Mei Ly (FIU), DNF-rain
3) Dori Magas (Tulane) def. Shilla D'Armas (FIU), 6-4, 6-2
4) Darya Ivanov (Tulane) def. Desanka Jovanovic (FIU), 6-4, 6-0
5) Nancy Kockott (Tulane) def. Courtney Jonson (FIU), 6-2, 6-4
6) Ana Saaibi (Tulane) vs. Christine Suard (FIU), DNF-rain