March 22, 2014
New Orleans - The Tulane women's tennis team closed out a pair of matches on the East Coast this weekend with a narrow, 4-3, loss this morning to the College of Charleston at Patriots Point in Charleston, S.C.
For the third straight outing, Tulane (4-15) 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.
But the shorthanded Green Wave gave the Cougars (13-6) all it could handle and came up just short of taking the match.
With Tulane conceding the third doubles spot, the Wave won at No. 1 doubles with an 8-7 (4) victory by the TU duo of sophomores Jacqui Katz and Ipek Birol over Jenny Falcone and Katherine Schofield. However, the Cougars edged Tulane at the No. 2 spot in a tiebreaker to take the all-important doubles point.
Down 2-0 to start singles, Katz topped Brooke McAmis, 6-0, 6-2, at the No. 2 spot to get the visitors on the board. Minutes later, Birol, playing at the top spot, blanked CoC's Kelly Kambourelis, 6-0, 6-0, to tie the match.
The Cougars claimed the No. 4 slot to regain the lead, but the feisty Green Wave tied the contest again thanks to sophomore Meredith Maltby's gritty play over Mara Argyriou at No. 3, 7-5, 7-5.
But the College of Charleston would hang on with a win at No. 5 singles to clinch the win and turn back Tulane.
"I'm proud of my girl's effort today," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "They were completely dialed in, having fun and playing disciplined tennis, and the best part is they had great energy. It is tough to lose such a close match the day before especially when you are fighting an uphill battle without enough players, but they responded in such an amazing way today. Even though we lost 4-3 for the second day in a row, today felt like a victory in many ways."
The Green Wave will remain on the road for its next two matches in Boulder, Colo. Tulane will take on Colorado on Friday, March 28 at 12 p.m. CST and Wyoming on Saturday, March 29 at 11 a.m. CST.
No. 1 Jacqui Katz/Ipek Birol (TLN) def. Jenny Falcone/Katherine Schofield (COC), 8-7 (4)
No. 2 Kelly Kambourelis/Mara Argyriou (COC) def. Emily Dvorak/Margaux Hyman (TLN), 8-7 (4)
No. 3 Samantha Maddox/Jamie Harrell (COC) won by default
Order of Finish: 3,2,1
No. 1 Ipek Birol (TLN) def. Kelly Kambourelis (COC), 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 Jacqui Katz (TLN) def. Brooke McAmis (COC), 6-0, 6-2
No. 3 Meredith Maltby (TLN) def. Mara Argyriou (COC), 7-5, 7-5
No. 4 Samantha Maddox (COC) def. Emily Dvorak (TLN), 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 Katherine Schofield (COC) def. Margaux Hyman (TLN), 6-0, 6-2
No. 6 Jenny Falcone (COC) won by default
Order of Finish: 6,2,1,4,3,5