March 10, 2013
New Orleans - The 48th-ranked Tulane women's tennis team battled both Conference USA rival UAB and the elements with a steady wind this morning at the City Park Pepsi Center and by the time the final point was played the Green Wave had not only prevailed but earned a shutout victory with a 7-0 win over the Blazers.
Tulane improved to 7-5 overall, including 5-1 at home, and ran its conference record to 4-1 this spring, while the Blazers dropped to 8-4 overall and saw its two-match win streak come to an end.
"I am very proud of the girls today for a solid conference win and having to battle the windy conditions," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "I think our effort was solid but still want to makes strides in the length of our focus as these matches can have lots of ups and downs so we are still working to finish the season strong in that aspect. We are going to now turn our sights to Illinois State now as this turnaround is quick."
Tulane got off to an early start by taking the doubles point with wins at the top two spots. Junior Klara Vyskocilova and freshman Ipek Birol cruised to an 8-1 win over UAB's Rachel Daniell and Menanteau Moolman at the top spot.
Magnusson made quick work of Simon at the No. 6 position, 6-0, 6-2, and Birol marched to a, 6-3, 6-1, victory over Amy Lowther at No. 4. Junior Jenny Hois clinched the victory with TU's fourth point when she took out Faught at the third spot, 6-1, 6-4.
Thornton continued to ride her team's momentum when she came up with a, 6-2, 6-1, decision at the five spot and that was followed by Vyskocilova's win over Fernandez at No. 1, 6-0, 7-6 (6).
The final contest came down to Levy and Rachel Daniell at the No. 2 slot. Levy claimed the first set, 6-3, but Daniell came back to win the second 6-4. Levy made sure the shutout was complete when she captured a 6-4 victory in the third set to finish off the Blazers.
The Green Wave continues its home stand with its second straight contest at the City Park Pepsi Center this Wednesday, March 13 against Illinois State at 2 p.m.
No. 1 Klara Vyskocilova/Ipek Birol (TLN) def. Rachel Daniell/Menanteau Moolman (UAB), 8-1
No. 2 Caroline Magnusson/Caroline Thornton (TLN) def. Sarah Witkowski/Caroline Faught (UAB), 8-3
No. 3 Elaine Simon/Isabel Fernandez (UAB) def. Emma Levy/Hila Elster (TLN), 8-3
Order of Finish: 1,3,2
No. 1 Klara Vyskocilova (TLN) def. Isabel Fernandez (UAB), 6-0, 7-6 (6)
No. 2 Emma Levy (TLN) def. Rachel Daniell (UAB), 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
No. 3 Jenny Hois (TLN) def. Caroline Faught (UAB), 6-1, 6-4
No. 4 Ipek Birol (TLN) def. Amy Lowther (UAB), 6-3, 6-1
No. 5 Caroline Thornton (TLN) def. Menanteau Moolman (UAB), 6-2, 6-1
No. 6 Caroline Magnusson (TLN) def. Elaine Simon (UAB), 6-0, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6,4,3,5,1,2