Feb. 7, 2014
New Orleans - Tulane's 56th-ranked women's tennis team suffered their first home loss of the spring today with a narrow 4-3 setback to in-state foe Nicholls State at the City Park Pepsi Center.
Tulane (1-3) got off on the right step early in doubles as the duo of senior Klara Vyskocilova and sophomore Jacqui Katz downed Nicholls State's (1-1) tandem of Emma Kranendonk and Isla Brock, 6-2, at the top spot.
However the Green Wave's momentum quickly dissipated into the cool New Orleans air as TU dropped the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles contests to hand the Colonels the all-important doubles point and a 1-0 advantage heading into singles play.
In singles action, Tulane fell behind 2-0 following Katz's, 7-5, 6-0, loss to Marie Aubert at the third spot. However, Vyskocilova breathed new life into the Wave with a, 6-3, 6-0, win over Kateryna Nakonechna at the top spot to draw the home team to within a point, 2-1.
Freshman newcomer Sophie Blom tied the match at 2-2 with her win at the No. 4 slot over Klara Skopac, 6-1, 6-3, and sophomore Meredith Maltby gave Tulane its first lead of the day at 3-2 following her, 6-2, 7-5, victory over Emma Kranendonk at No. 5.
However, the visitors from Thibodaux once again had an answer. Nicholls State reeled off wins at the No. 6 position to tie the match and at the No. 2 spot to claim the victory.
"Today just was not our day," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "It wasn't due to the cold conditions or two weeks off since our last match. It was again due to a sense of urgency. We gave the doubles point away and that ultimately defeated us. No energy combined with no spirit will always defeat you when you play a team that can smell it on you and wants a ranked win. This is one area that we have to improve on. I will credit our girls that they came out to play in singles but the momentum was in their favor. I know my team. We will recover and learn from this loss. We have to move on and get ready to face two opponents on Sunday. The greatest lessons are always learned with losses you should have never taken and we will be stronger from this."
No. 1 Klara Vyskocilova/Jacqui Katz (TLN) def. Emma Kranendonk/Isla Brock (NICH), 6-2
No. 2 Stephanie Barnett/Klara Skopac (NICH) def. Ipek Birol/Sophie Blom (TLN), 6-3
No. 3 Kateryna Nakonechna/Marie Aubert (NICH) def. Emily Dvorak/Meredith Maltby (TLN), 6-3
Order of Finish: 1,3,2
No. 1 Klara Vyskocilova (TLN) def. Kateryna Nakonechna (NICH), 6-3, 6-0
No. 2 Stephanie Barnett (NICH) def. Ipek Birol (TLN), 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (7-0)
No. 3 Marie Aubert (NICH) def. Jacqui Katz (TLN), 7-5, 6-0
No. 4 Sophie Blom (TLN) def. Klara Skopac (NICH), 6-1, 6-3
No. 5 Meredith Maltby (TLN) def. Emma Kranendonk (NICH), 6-2, 7-5
No. 6 Isla Brock (NICH) def. Margaux Hyman (TLN), 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (4-0)
Order of Finish: 3,1,4,5,6,2