Feb. 12, 2011
DENVER, Colo. - The Green Wave won the doubles point with victories in two of the three pairs competitions, but it was not enough as the Tulane University women's tennis team fell to BYU, 4-3, Saturday evening in a neutral-court contest at Pinehurst Country Club.
With the loss, Tulane's third straight following a doubleheader sweep of Xavier-New Orleans and Southern back on Jan. 29 at the Goldring Tennis Center, the Green Wave fell to 2-3 on the year. BYU, meanwhile, improved to 4-3.
"I honestly couldn't be prouder of my team today," Tulane head women's tennis coach Terri Sisk said. "We battled harder than I have seen this year and just came up a little short. BYU is a solid team and was ranked No. 73 in last week's rankings so we have no reason to hang our head down. Playing in this altitude and indoors, most people would have thought that they would run through us but we definitely held our own tonight.
"One of our goals this year was to win the doubles point in every match and the girls did that tonight. We executed really well and were aggressive at the right times so I was very pleased with that aspect. The girls realize that there isn't one push-over team on this schedule this year. With that said, we have to rest and regroup for Denver tomorrow morning."
Tulane fell in No. 1 doubles as the Green Wave tandem of Mariam Kurdadze and Emma Levy dropped an 8-2 decision to the Cougars' Megan Price and Callie Craig. Junior Lindsay Dvorak and sophomore Emma Helistén tied things up with an 8-3 victory over BYU's Elle Carney and Elizaveta Ezhova on Court 2, and Tulane clinched the doubles point on Court 3 where Hila Elster and Elizabeth Hamlin out-lasted Desiree Tran and Kelsie Criag, 9-8 (12-10).
Kurdadze fell to Price on Court 1 6-3, 7-5 while Callie Craig downed Hamlin on Court 3 6-4, 6-1. Aubrey Paul defeated Helistén on Court 6 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 and Ezhova defeated Elster in a slugfest on Court 5 6-3, 1-6, 6-4.
The Green Wave return to action on Sunday, Feb. 13, when they take on the Denver Pioneers at 11 a.m. (CST) at Pinehurst. From there, Tulane will play host to LSU on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the Goldring Tennis Center. First serve for that match is slated for 2 p.m. and admission is free.
BYU (4-3) DEFEATS TULANE (2-3): 4-3
No. 1: Megan Price (BYU) def. Mariam Kurdadze (Tulane) - 6-3, 7-5
No. 2: Emma Levy (Tulane) def. Elle Carney (BYU) - 6-4, 6-0
No. 3: Callie Craig (BYU) def. Elizabeth Hamlin (Tulane) - 6-4, 6-1
No. 4: Lindsay Dvorak (Tulane) def. Desiree Tran (BYU) - 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6)
No. 5: Elizaveta Ezhova (BYU) def. Hila Elster (Tulane) - 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
No. 6: Aubrey Paul (BYU) def. Emma Helistén (Tulane) - 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
No. 1: Megan Price / Callie Craig (BYU) def. Mariam Kurdadze / Emma Levy (Tulane) - 8-2
No. 2: Lindsay Dvorak / Emma Helistén (Tulane) def. Elle Carney / Elizaveta Ezhova (BYU) - 8-3
No. 3: Hila Elster / Elizabeth Hamlin (Tulane) def. Desiree Tran / Kelsie Craig (BYU) - 9-8 (12-10)