Junior and No. 88 ranked Klara Vyskocilova upset the nation's No. 80-ranked player in straight sets today.
Feb. 16, 2013
New Orleans - Tulane's 88th-ranked Klara Vyskocilova knocked off the nation's 80-ranked player in straight sets, but it wasn't enough as the 57th-ranked Green Wave fell to No. 21 Texas Tech, 4-1, this afternoon at the Jake Hess Tennis Center on the campus of Rice University in Houston, Texas.
Tulane dropped to 3-4 overall and suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this season with its loss to No. 32 Rice on Friday, while Texas Tech improved to 5-1 this spring.
Vyskocilova recorded her team-best 11th win of the season and improved to 11-4 overall in singles, including 4-2 in dual matches at the No. 1 position. Today, she turned in the Wave's lone point when she pulled off a, 6-3, 6-1, upset of Tech's No. 80 ranked Samantha Adams.
However, the Wave was unable to muster a comeback after falling behind in doubles. Tulane did receive a boost in doubles with the return of senior Caroline Thornton from an injury. Thornton returned to her familiar role alongside classmate Caroline Magnusson in doubles, but the duo wasn't able to come up with a victory before their match was abandoned. Texas Tech's top two doubles combinations each scored an 8-5 win to claim the all-important doubles point and go up 1-0.
In singles, the Red Raiders' Elizabeth Ullathorne topped Magnusson at the No. 4 position, 6-1, 6-1, to put Tech up 2-0. Vyskocilova then brought TU to within a point with her victory but the Green Wave dropped matches at the No. 2 and No. 5 positions and Texas Tech claimed the win.
"This was a tough weekend for us, as we battled hard and came up short on both occasions," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "I'm proud of the way we tackled these matches with having two players down to injury and how we responded today after having a teammate go to the emergency room yesterday.
"I firmly believe that there isn't much separation between us and these particular teams when we are at full strength. With that said, even when we aren't, we have to find a way to push through and win. The talent level is there and the opportunities present themselves but we aren't grabbing them yet. We are only seven matches into this season and my coaching staff and i know what this team is capable of. When they know what they're capable of, the flood gates will open."
Tulane returns home and will host a doubleheader against Conference USA rival Southern Miss (12 p.m.) and UNO (4 p.m.) at the City Park Pepsi Center on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Admission is free for both matches.
No. 1 Samantha Adams/Kenna Kilgo (TT) def. Jenny Hois/Emma Levy (TLN), 8-5
No. 2 Rashmi Teltumbde/Nikki Sanders (TT) def. Klara Vyskocilova/Hila Elster (TLN), 8-5
No. 3 Caroline Magnusson/Caroline Thornton (TLN) vs. Caroline Starck/Elizabeth Ullathorne (TT), DNF
Order of Finish: 1,2
No. 1 No. 88 Klara Vyskocilova (TLN) def. No. 80 Samantha Adams (TT), 6-3, 6-1
No. 2 Kenna Kilgo (TT) def. Emma Levy (TLN), 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 Jenny Hois (TLN) vs. Sandra Dynka (TT), DNF
No. 4 Elizabeth Ullathorne (TT) def. Caroline Magnusson (TLN), 6-1, 6-1
No. 5 Nikki Sanders (TT) def. Hila Elster (TLN), 6-1, 6-2
No. 6 Jacqui Katz (TLN) vs. Caroline Starck (TT), DNF
Order of Finish: 4,1,5,2