April 10, 2013
New Orleans - It was the perfect ending for five Tulane seniors today as the group went out in grand style with a convincing 6-1 win over South Alabama in the regular season finale at the City Park Pepsi Center.
TU's 2013 class of Hila Elster, Emma Helisten, Emma Levy, Caroline Magnusson and Caroline Thornton won their 60th match as a group and extended the Green Wave' win streak to a season-best six straight and has now won 13 out of its last 15 contests. Tulane improved to 16-6 on the year, while South Alabama dropped to 14-9. The Wave also concluded the year with an 8-1 home record and a mark of 5-1 against regional foe.
"Today was such a fitting ending to our regular season matches with a solid win over South Alabama," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "I am extremely proud of the team and the five seniors for such an amazing season so far. We are now going to prepare for conference tournament next week and continue our quest to meet our season goals."
Tulane began the day with a strong showing in doubles, taking the No. 2 and 3 spots, to earn the all-important doubles point and quickly grasp a 1-0 lead. Thornton and Magnusson got things rolling with their 8-2 win at No. 2 over South Alabama's Michaela Meszarosova and Cinta Maria Papke. TU's third duo of Levy and junior Jenny Hois sewed up the point when they dispatched Paula Sanchez and Sibela Gajer, 8-3
As singles got underway, the Wave remained focused and upped its total to 2-0 when Levy's opponent, Ramona Ghermani, was forced to retire and Levy earned her 12th straight win, while Magnusson won her
10th straight match with her, 6-0, 6-1, victory over Sibela Gajer at No. 6.
However, freshman Ipek Birol picked up the slack with her win over Cinta Maria Papke, 7-6 (4), 0-6, 1-0 (3), at No. 4 and Hois ended the day with her, 6-3, 7-5, win over Mariya Krachok.
Tulane will begin its quest for a Conference USA title at the 2013 C-USA Championships, April 18-21, in Houston, Texas. The event will be hosted by the University of Houston.
No. 1 Klara Vyskocilova/Ipek Birol (TLN) vs. Ramona Ghermani/Mariya Krachok (USA), Unfinished
No. 2 Caroline Magnusson/Caroline Thornton (TLN) def. Michaela Meszarosova/Cinta Maria Papke (USA), 8-2
No. 3 Emma Levy/Jenny Hois (TLN) def. Paula Sanchez/Sibela Gajer (USA), 8-3
Order of finish: 2,3
No. 1 Klara Vyskocilova (TLN) def. Michaela Meszarosova (USA), 6-3, 6-1
No. 2 Jenny Hois (TLN) def. Mariya Krachok (USA), 6-3, 7-5
No. 3 Emma Levy (TLN) def. Ramona Ghermani (USA), retired
No. 4 Ipek Birol (TLN) def. Cinta Maria Papke (USA), 7-6 (4), 0-6, 1-0 (3)
No. 5 Paula Sanchez (USA) def. Caroline Thornton (TLN), retired
No. 6 Caroline Magnusson (TLN) def. Sibela Gajer (USA), 6-0, 6-1
Order of finish: 3,6,1,5,4,2