Feb. 4, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane women's tennis team took its undefeated mark of 3-0 on the road for the first time during the spring season but the results were the same as the Green Wave registered its fourth straight shutout victory with a 7-0 win over Conference USA rival East Carolina at the UCF Tennis Complex in Orlando, Fla.
The Green Wave improves to 4-0 on the year and will take on UCF (2-4) on Sunday at 9 a.m. CST. East Carolina falls to 0-3 on the year.
Today was a mirror image of Tulane's first three matches with the Wave claiming the all-important doubles point with a sweep of doubles and then racing through singles play with straight set wins at each position.
"We made it a goal to start strong on the road this year," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "I challenged our players to focus on everything we have been talking about during practice and working on during the previous three matches. I thought we did a great job today with our intensity and focus and those two aspects make us a very dangerous team if we're all on the same page. From the beginning to the end of today's match, we did a great job. If we can play this way on the road and even throughout year, I expect amazing results."
The junior combination of Caroline Magnusson and Caroline Thornton dispatched ECU's team of Dana Gray and Danielle Terpko, 8-1, at the No. 2 slot, while senior Lindsay Dvorak and junior Hila Elster remained undefeated as a doubles team with their ninth straight win following an 8-5 victory over the Pirate's Abby Richmond and Renata Bakieva at the No. 3 spot.
In singles action, Magnusson made quick work of Bakieva at the No. 4 position, 6-1, 6-0, and Kurdadze followed suit with an identical score against Zhang at the top spot, 6-1, 6-0.
The Wave clinched the match when Thornton overtook Terpko, 6-1, 6-2, at the No. 3 position. Sophomore Jenny Hois chalked up her third straight win this spring with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Gray at No. 5, while Dvorak took out Richmond at the sixth position with a 6-2, 6-2 decision.
Levy was the last Green Wave player to finish and she outlasted Collins at the No. 2 slot, 6-3, 7-5, to produce her eighth-straight singles win.
No. 1 Mariam Kurdadze/Emma Levy (TU) def. Natalie Collins/Yilian Zhang (ECU), 8-1
*No. 2 Caroline Thorton/Caroline Magnusson (TU) def. Dana Gray/Danielle Terpko (ECU), 8-1
No. 3 Lindsay Dvorak/Hila Elster (TU) def. Abby Richmond/Renata Bakieva (ECU), 8-5
*Clinched doubles point
No. 1 Mariam Kurdadze (TU) def. Yilian Zhang (ECU), 6-1, 6-0
No. 2 Emma Levy (TU) def. Natalie Collins (ECU), 6-3, 7-5
**No. 3 Caroline Thornton (TU) def. Danielle Terpko (ECU), 6-1, 6-2
No. 4 Caroline Magnusson (TU) def. Renata Bakieva (ECU), 6-1, 6-0
No. 5 Jenny Hois (TU) def. Dana Gray (ECU), 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 Lindsay Dvorak (TU) def. Abby Richmond (ECU), 6-2, 6-2
**Clinched match point