April 15, 2012
New Orleans - Tulane's 58th-ranked women's tennis team posted its fifth straight win today and concluded the regular season on a strong note with a 4-0 shutout victory over UL-Monroe at the UAB Tennis Courts in Birmingham, Ala.
The Green Wave continues one of its finest seasons with its 10th shutout of the year and improved to 18-5 on the spring. TU also remains a perfect 4-0 in matches at neutral sites. UL-Monroe, meanwhile, dropped to 14-3 and saw its 10-match win streak come to an end, and was shutout for the first time this season.
"Ending the season with a road win is always good feeling," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "ULM is having a solid year and I feel today's win sets us up for a great performance in the conference tournament next week."
For the 18th time in 23 matches this season, the Green Wave marched out of doubles action with the all-important doubles point. TU's No. 3 duo of senior Lindsay Dvorak and junior Hila Elster won their 21st match of the season with an 8-3victory over ULM's Vivian Polak and Ema Turudija.
In singles action, junior Caroline Magnusson reached a rare milestone today. She posted a straight set shutout win, 6-0, 6-0, over Monica Winkel at the No. 4 position and notched her 30th singles win of the year. Magnusson, who is now 30-7, once again leads all Conference USA players in singles wins this season and is the first Tulane player to reach the 30-win plateau in singles since Darya Ivanov registered a 30-7 mark in 2003-04.
Kurdadze closed out the match for TU with a, 6-2, 6-3, victory over Rufyikiri at the top spot in the line-up for her 25th win of the season.
With the regular season completed, the Green Wave will begin its run toward the postseason, starting with the Conference USA Championships, April 19-22, hosted by the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tenn.
*No. 1 Mariam Kurdadze/Emma Levy (TU) def. Sophie Rufyikiri/Silvia Tumova (ULM), 8-4
No. 2 Caroline Thornton/Caroline Magnusson (TU) vs. Monica Winkel/Medy Blankvoort (ULM), 6-6 (unfinished)
No. 3 Lindsay Dvorak/Hila Elster (TU) def. Vivian Polak/Ema Turudija (ULM), 8-3
*Clinched doubles point
**No. 1 Mariam Kurdadze (TU) def. Sophie Rufyikiri (ULM), 6-2, 6-3
No. 2 Emma Levy (TU) vs. Silvia Tumova (ULM), 6-3, 3-2 (unfinished)
No. 3 Caroline Thornton (TU) vs. Medy Blankvoort (ULM), 3-6, 2-3 (unfinished)
No. 4 Caroline Magnusson (TU) def. Monica Winkel (ULM), 6-0, 6-0
No. 5 Jenny Hois (TU) def. Ema Turudija (ULM), 6-2, 6-3
No. 6 Lindsay Dvorak (TU) vs. Vivian Polak (ULM), 6-1, 5-1 (unfinished)
**Clinched match point