April 18, 2013
New Orleans - Tulane's 40th-ranked women's tennis team opened the 2013 Conference USA Championships with a strong showing this morning by dispatching Southern Miss, 4-0, during first round action at the John E. Hoff Tennis Courts on the campus of the University of Houston in Houston, Texas.
Tulane, the tournament's No. 4 seed, improved to 17-6 overall and extended its win streak to seven straight and has now won 14 out of its last 16 matches, while Southern Miss completed its season with a 0-21 record. The Green Wave will take on No. 5 seed and 51st-ranked SMU in the quarterfinal round on Friday at 10 a.m. The Mustangs prevailed over No. 12 seed UTEP, 4-0, on Thursday.
"Obviously we are excited about our first round win in the tournament and moving to 17-6 on the year but on the flip side of that we realize we have a huge obstacle tomorrow with SMU," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "This match will be a true test for us for many reasons but I know the team is ready and wanting this win."
Tulane and Southern Miss played only singles today and the Green Wave took four of six matches in straight sets, including a pair of shutouts, to quickly claim the victory.
Senior Caroline Thornton and classmate, Caroline Magnusson, each rolled to identical, 6-0, 6-0, wins at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots, respectively. Thornton topped Macie Case at five, while Magnusson cruised by Emily Nettles at six for her 11th straight singles win.
Freshman Ipek Birol kept things going with her, 6-1, 6-1, win at four over Mackenzie Oskin and senior Emma Levy wrapped up the match and the win at three with her 13th straight victory, which came against Elanor Grossman, 6-2, 6-3.
For more information on the 2013 C-USA Women's Tennis Championship, visit the Championship Central page: http://www.conferenceusa.com/championships/w-tennis-championship-13.html
2013 C-USA WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
JOHN E. HOFF TENNIS COURTS / HOUSTON, TEXAS
FIRST ROUND - Thursday, April 18
Match 1: (4) Tulane 4, (13) Southern Miss 0
Match 2: (5) SMU 4, (12) UTEP 0
Match 3: (9) Old Dominion* 4, (8) UAB, 1
Match 4: (7) Marshall 4, (10) Houston 3
Match 5: (11) East Carolina vs. (6) UCF - 4 p.m.
QUARTERFINALS - Friday, April 19
Match 6: (9) Old Dominion vs. (1) Rice - 10 a.m.
Match 7: (4) Tulane vs. (5) SMU - 10 a.m.
Match 8: (7) Marshall vs. (2) Tulsa - 2 p.m.
Match 9: winner of Match 5 vs. (3) Memphis - 2 p.m.
SEMIFINALS - Saturday, April 20
Match 10: winner of Match 6 vs. winner of Match 7 - 2 p.m.
Match 11: winner of Match 8 vs. winner of Match 9 - 2 p.m.
CHAMPIONSHIP - Sunday, April 21
Match 12: winner of Match 10 vs. winner of Match 11 - 10 a.m.
All Times Central.
* ODU entered C-USA as an affiliate member in tennis and golf for the 2012-13 academic year and will become a full member in all sports July 2013.