March 28, 2013
New Orleans - Tulane's 46th-ranked women's tennis team chalked up its third straight win today with a gritty 5-2 win over 53rd-ranked South Florida at the USF Varsity Courts in Tampa, Fla.
Tulane not only improved to 13-6 overall this season, but snapped a five-match win streak by the Bulls, who dropped to 9-6, and the Green Wave has now won 10 of its last 12 matches and also improved to 3-2 on the road this spring.
"Today was a great day for our program with a convincing win over a tough No. 53 South Florida team," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "This was a great example of a fun collegiate tennis event with lots of emotions and momentum swings. If we continue to play with this much heart and discipline, we are definitely a dangerous postseason team."
Today was a hard-earned victory that didn't come easy for the Green Wave, but the visitors found a way to win.
The battle for the all-important doubles point came down to a tight match at the top spot. After the Wave duo of senior Emma Levy and junior Jenny Hois got things rolling with their 8-4 win at the No. 3 spot over USF's Fanny Fracassi and Paula Montoya, the Bulls returned the favor at the No. 2 position with an 8-3 victory by Katie Vasenina and Loreto Alonso over TU's senior combination of Caroline Magnusson and Caroline Thornton.
The point ultimately came down to the match at No. 1 between TU junior Klara Vyskocilova and freshman Ipek Birol and USF's Kayla Rizzolo and Danielle Mills. Tulane's tandem eventually came out on top with a 9-7 victory and gave the Wave a huge momentum boost heading into singles.
Tulane battled back and regained the lead for a brief moment when Thornton outlasted Montoya, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, at the five spot but the Bulls answered at the top of the line-up with Vasenina's, 6-1, 6-4, win over Vyskocilova to tie the match at 2-2.
But this one belonged to the Wave. With the match on the line, Tulane's seasoned line-up responded with three straight wins to clinch the victory. Levy downed Mills at No. 3, 6-3, 6-0, while Magnusson came through over Rizzolo in a three-set thriller, 6-0, 3-6, 6-2, to clinch the match. Birol finished off the Bulls with her, 6-4, 6-4, win over Fracassi at No. 3.
The Green Wave remains on the road for its next two matches and will take on Middle Tennessee State (April 5) and Arkansas State (April 6) in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
No. 1 Klara Vyskocilova/Ipek Birol (TLN) def. Kayla Rizzolo/Danielle Mills (USF), 9-7
No. 2 Katie Vasenina/Loreto Alonso (USF) def. Caroline Magnusson/Caroline Thornton (TLN), 8-3
No. 3 Emma Levy/Jenny Hois (TLN) def. Fanny Fracassi/Paula Montoya (USF), 8-4
Order of finish: 3,2,1
No. 1 Katie Vasenina (USF) def. Klara Vyskocilova (TLN), 6-1, 6-4
No. 2 Loreto Alonso (USF) def. Jenny Hois (TLN), 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
No. 3 Emma Levy (TLN) def. Danielle Mills (USF), 6-3, 6-0
No. 4 Ipek Birol (TLN) def. Fanny Fracassi (USF), 6-4, 6-4
No. 5 Caroline Thornton (TLN) def. Paula Montoya (USF), 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
No. 6 Caroline Magnusson (TLN) def. Kayla Rizzolo (USF), 6-0, 3-6, 6-2
Order of finish: 2,5,1,3,6,4