March 19, 2014
New Orleans - Playing shorthanded without its top player, the Tulane women's tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision to Rutgers this morning at the City Park Pepsi Center.
Tulane (4-13) played without the services of senior and 73rd-ranked Klara Vyskocilova due to an injury. With just five active players remaining in its line-up, the Wave was forced to default the No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles positions.
Rutgers (8-4) took the No. 2 doubles match to secure the doubles point and, with the default in singles, was up 2-0 before the first ball was served in singles action.
The Scarlet Knights claimed the Nos. 3 and 4 matches to collect the win. Tulane sophomore Jacqui Katz tallied the Green Wave's lone point with her three-set win at No. 2, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (8). Rutgers wrapped up the match with wins in the remaining two contests.
"To be honest, we went out fairly flat and seemed mentally defeated since we only had five players," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "Our ability to deal with adversity does not seem to be our strength right now. We are taking a hard look at ourselves and our weaknesses and confronting them head on and it's not fun. However, the girls are learning lessons, ones that will pay off for us in the future as long as they continue to believe in the process."
The Green Wave returns to action this weekend with a pair of road matches against Massachusetts and College of Charleston on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22, respectively, in Charleston, S.C. TU's match against UMass is set for 1 p.m. CST, while the contest against CofC will be at 9 a.m. CST.
No. 1 Ipek Birol/Jacqui Katz (TLN) def. Lindsey Kayati/Vanessa Petrini (RU), 8-2
No. 2 Farris Cunninghmam/Gina Li (RU) def. Emily Dvorak/Margaux Hyman (TLN), 8-4
No. 3 Lindsay Balsamo/Mariam Zein (RU) won by default
Order of Finish: 3,2,1