March 16, 2014
New Orleans - Tulane's women's team overcame early morning inclement weather in the greater New Orleans area, but could not overcome No. 26 Rice, falling to the Owls, 4-0, in Conference USA play at the City Park Pepsi Center.
Tulane (4-12) and Rice (9-5) were slated to begin at 10 a.m. but rain showers postponed the match to 1 p.m. The squads then elected to play singles with more inclement weather threatening the contest.
Rice claimed victories at the No. 5 and No. 3 positions to take a 2-0 lead and then reeled off two more wins at No. 6 and No. 2 to take the match.
The top spot in the line-up featured a match between to nationally ranked players in Tulane's 73rd-ranked Klara Vyskocilova and Rice's No. 60 Natalie Beazant. Vyskocilova won the first set, 7-5, and was up in the second set, 4-1, when the Owls clinched the win.
"Today wasn't our day," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "All the engines were not firing, coupled with not having the discipline to really compete and dig our heels in, which ultimately defeated us to a very good Rice team. We will need to regroup for two solid matches on Wednesday and really believe in our abilities to compete with anyone, even when we don't feel like playing. I know this team and they will recover and correct any weaknesses that we exhibited today."
The Green Wave will close out its four-match home stand with a double header on Wednesday, March 19 against Rutgers at 10 a.m. and Alcorn State at 3 p.m. at the City Park Pepsi Center. There is no charge for admission to either match.
Did not play
No. 1 #73 Klara Vyskocilova (TLN) vs. #60 Natalie Beazant (RICE), unfinished
No. 2 #110 Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. Ipek Birol (TLN), 6-0, 6-3
No. 3 #85 Katherine Ip (RICE) def. Jacqui Katz (TLN), 6-0, 6-1
No. 4 Meredith Maltby (TLN) vs. Liat Zimmermann (RICE), unfinished
No. 5 Kimberly Anicete (RICE) def. Emily Dvorak (TLN), 6-0, 6-1
No. 6 Alison Ho (RICE) def. Margaux Hyman (TLN), 6-2, 6-4
Order of Finish: 5,3,6,2