Feb. 9, 2013
New Orleans - Tulane's 59th-ranked women's tennis team celebrated the annual Mardi Gras weekend in style this morning and got back into the win column with a convincing 6-1 victory over Southeastern Conference member Kentucky at the City Park Pepsi Center.
The Green Wave improved to 3-2 on the year while the Wildcats dropped to 3-2, and Tulane improved its home mark to 2-1 on a young 2013 spring season.
After stumbling at home earlier this week to LSU, TU was all business this morning. The Wave came out and captured the all-important doubles point to set the tone early. The No. 2 duo of junior Jenny Hois and senior Emma Levy dispatched the Kentucky team of CeCe Witten and Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff, 8-3, while TU's No. 3 tandem of seniors Carolina Magnusson and Hila Elster brought home the point and put the Wave up 1-0 with their, 8-7 (5), win over Stephanie Fox and Jessica Stiles.
Tulane continued its momentum in singles by taking five of six spots. Levy gave the Wave a 2-0 lead with her win at No. 2 over Stiles, 6-1, 6-0, and junior and No. 118 ranked Klara Vyskocilova increased the advantage to 3-0 following her, 6-0, 6-4, victory over Nadia Ravita at the top spot.
The Green Wave clinched the team victory with freshman Ipek Birol's win over Caitlin McGraw, 6-4, 6-3. Kentucky got on the board and avoided the shutout with Kirsten Lewis' three-set win over Caroline Magnusson at the No. 5 position, 0-6, 7-6 (1-0) (7).
Hois and Elster rounded out the win with their victories at the No. 3 and 6 spots, respectively.
"I am just so proud of the team today for really focusing on the task at hand of competing hard and playing to win," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "Beating a solid SEC team is always a good day and we are looking forward to riding this momentum through the year. We are going to take a day off, relax, rest our bodies and enjoy Mardi Gras. Today was just a great example of a total team effort."
No. 1 Klara Vyskocilova/Ipek Birol (TLN) vs. Nadia Ravita/Caitlin McGraw (UK), 7-7 (DNF)
No. 2 Jenny Hois/Emma Levy (TLN) def. CeCe Witten/Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff (UK), 8-3
No. 3 Caroline Magnusson/Hila Elster (TLN) def. Stephanie Fox/Jessica Stiles (UK), 8-7 (5)
Order of Finish: 2,3
No. 1 Klara Vyskocilova (TLN) def. Nadia Ravita (UK), 6-0, 6-4
No. 2 Emma Levy (TLN) def. Jessica Stiles, (UK), 6-1, 6-0
No. 3 Jenny Hois (TLN) def. Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff (UK), 6-3, 6-7 (7), 1-0 (8)
No. 4 Ipek Birol (TLN) def. Caitlin McGraw (UK), 6-4, 6-3
No. 5 Kirsten Lewis (UK) def. Caroline Magnusson (TLN), 0-6, 7-6 (1-0) (7)
No. 6 Hila Elster (TLN) def. Stephanie Fox (UK), 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (6)
Order of Finish: 2,1,4,5,3,6