Ipek Birol was one of three Tulane players to earn a victory in singles today.
March 21, 2014
New Orleans - Playing without its top player for the second straight match, the Tulane women's tennis team came up just short in its bid to overtake UMass, falling 4-3, at Patriots Point in Charleston, S.C.
Tulane (4-14) played without the services of senior and 73rd-ranked Klara Vyskocilova, who is out with an injury. With just five active players remaining in its line-up, the Wave was once again forced to default the No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles positions.
UMass (7-7) needed just one doubles win to take the doubles point and the Minutewomen took the No. 2 match to claim the point. Down 2-0 to begin singles due to the default at No. 6, the Green Wave players still had upset on their minds.
However, things looked bleak after UMass captured the No. 4 contest to go up 3-0. But sophomore Ipek Birol got things going for Tulane at the top of the line-up with her, 6-1, 6-1, win over Yuliana Motyl to put TU on the board.
Sophomore Jacqui Katz edged the Green Wave closer when she took down Sonia Bokhari, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 2 and classmate Meredith Maltby tied the contest at 3-3 when she dispatched Aarzoo Malik, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 3.
The contest ultimately came down to the No. 5 spot in a three-set match between TU junior Margaux Hyman and Jessica Podlofsky. Hyman took the first set, 6-3, while Podlofsky captured the second set, 6-0, and then added a 6-3 win in the third for the team's victory.
"It is obviously a little bit harder to win matches without a full lineup, but we came incredibly close today and I am proud of that fact," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "We were down 0-3 and fought back to 3-3 and just came up short in a third set. We did a lot of things well today and that is what we are going to focus on. We are now preparing for another solid team tomorrow so we will go out there and give it our best."
The Green Wave continues its East Coast swing in Charleston on Saturday, March 22 against the College of Charleston (12-6) at 9 a.m. CST.
No. 1 Jacqui Katz/Ipek Birol (TLN) vs. Aarzoo Malik/Arielle Griffin (UMASS), unfinished
No. 2 Chanel Glasper/Sonia Bokhari (UMASS) def. Emily Dvorak/Margaux Hyman (TLN), 8-5
No. 3 Yuliana Motyl/Anna Woosley (UMASS) wins by default
Order of Finish: 3,2
No. 1 Ipek Birol (TLN) def. Yuliana Motyl (UMASS), 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 Jacqui Katz (TLN) def. Sonia Bokhari (UMASS), 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 Meredith Maltby (TLN) def. Aarzoo Malik (UMASS), 6-4, 6-2
No. 4 Arielle Griffin (UMASS) def. Emily Dvorak (TLN), 6-0, 6-1
No. 5 Jessica Podlofsky (UMASS) def. Margaux Hyman (TLN), 3-6, 6-0, 6-3
No. 6 Chanel Glasper (UMASS) wins by default
Order of Finish: 6,4,1,2,3,5