NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane women's tennis team opened the 2012 fall schedule on a solid note this past weekend with 22 combined singles and doubles wins and three flight titles during the Auburn Invitational at the Yarbrough Tennis Center in Auburn, Ala.
The Green Wave hit the courts with seven returners and four newcomers and quickly picked up where it left off last season when Tulane chalked up a 19-6 overall record. TU captured 15 singles wins and seven doubles wins and brought home the Flight 1 and Flight 8 singles titles and the Flight 3 doubles championship.
"After going 22-11 in the span of two days at our first tournament of the year with only having four practice days total, I definitely call that a success," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "We brought home three flight championships and more importantly, a lot of knowledge of what we need to work on. We definitely felt it physically during the second day but were resilient with the fight we showed.
"I threw the team straight in the fire with this tournament and they handled it well. We tried a few new doubles combinations and some worked, some didn't. But that's what the fall is about. A huge congrats to Klara (Vyskocilova) for winning a very tough Flight 1 and proving why she is the No. 57 player in the country. We are going to take the experienced we learned this weekend and make adjustment for our very tough weekend coming up at the University of Texas tournament."
Playing in her first match in a Tulane uniform after transferring from Clemson, Vyskocilova rolled through the Flight 1 singles with a 3-0 record. She downed Georgia Southern's Paola Garrido in her opening match, 7-5, 6-1. She continued with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Lamar's Carolina Salas in the semifinals and then dispatched Mississippi State's Alexandra Perper, 6-3, 6-1 in the championship match.
TU's second singles title came from senior Emma Helisten in Flight 8. She disposed of Kennesaw State's Blaire LaSure with a straight set shutout, 6-0, 6-0, in the first round and cruised past Tennessee-Chattanooga's Alison Storie, 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinals. She claimed the title when Georgia Southern's Natalie Maffett defaulted.
The Wave's doubles championship came courtesy of the senior duo of Emma Levy and Hila Elster in Flight 3. The tandem began their run with an 8-5 win over Tennessee-Chattanooga's team of Jenna Nurik and Kelsey Coots, 8-5, in the opening round and topped Mississippi State's duo of Sarai Flores and Roseline Dion, 8-6, in the semifinals. In the title match, Levy and Elster got past Auburn's Lauren Levant and Ashley Kitchens, 8-6.
In other singles action, Tulane players posted two third place performances with Levy's finish in the Flight 2 singles with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Tennessee-Chattanooga's Kaylene Chadwell, while junior Jenny Hois topped Houston's Celia Fraser, 7-5, 6-3, in Flight 3.
Freshman Jacqui Katz rebounded from a first round loss in the Flight 7 singles with two wins to capture the consolation final over Northwestern State's Olga Leyshyna.
In doubles, Tulane also took home a pair of third place finishes, including the Flight 2 doubles where seniors Caroline Magnusson and Caroline Thornton raced past Mississippi State's Naomi Tran and Lien Van Geel, 8-3. In Flight 3, Katz and Helisten teamed up to down Lamar's Alicia Porte and Dariya Dashuntina, 9-8 (6).
Klara Vylskocilova (TU) def. Paola Garrido (GSU), 7-54, 6-1
Vylskocilova (TU) def. Carolina Salas (LU), 6-2, 6-3
Vylskocilova (TU) def. Alexandra Perper (MSU), 6-1, 6-1
Emma Levy (TU) def. Bailey Vandyke (ULL), 6-0, 6-0
Georgiana Patrasc (MSU) def. Levy (TU), 3-6, 7-6, 6-4
Levy (TU) def. Kaylene Chadwell (UTC), 6-1, 6-4 (3rd place)
Jenny Hois (TU) def. Sandra Ahlqvist (ULL), 6-3, 6-3
Virginie Stein (KSU) def. Hois (TU), 6-3, 6-2
Hois (TU) def. Celia Fraser (UH), 7-5, 6-3 (3rd place)
Caroline Magnusson (TU) def. Nataly Krutova (NSU), 6-4, 6-3
Alicia Porte (LU) def. Magnusson (TU), 7-6 (5), 6-2
Lien Van Geel (MSU) def. Magnusson (TU), 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (9) (3rd place)
No TU players
Katie Polk (UTC) def. Hila Elster (TU), 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
Elster (TU) def. Amy Williams (NSU), 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (5)
Sarai Flores (MSU) def. Elster (TU), 7-6 (3), 6-4
Liselot Koenen (UH) def. Jacqui Katz (TU), 7-6 (5), 6-4
Katz (TU) def. Eleanor Bradshaw (ULL), 6-1, 6-2
Katz (TU) def. Olga Leyshyna (NSU), 6-4, ret.
Emma Helisten (TU) def. Blaire LaSure (KSU), 6-0, 6-0
Helisten (TU) def. Alison Storie (UTC), 6-1, 6-1
Helisten (TU) def. Natalie Maffett (GSU), Def.
Sophie Van de Aarsen/Bailey Vandyke (ULL) def. Klara Vylskocilova/Jenny Hois (TU), 8-6
Vylskocilova/Hois (TU) def. Caolina Salas/Helene Czudek (Lamar), 8-6
Alexandra Perper/Georgiana Patrasc (MSU) def. Vylskocilova/Hois (TU), 8-4
Caroline Magnusson/Caroline Thornton (TU) def. Garrido/Prickett (GSU), 8-1
Paulina Schippers/Plamena Kurteva (AU) def. Magnusson/Thornton (TU), 8-6
Magnusson/Thornton (TU) def. Naomi Tran/Lien Van Geel (MSU), 8-3
Emma Levy/Hila Elster (TU) def. Jenna Nurik/Kelsey Coots (UTC), 8-5
Levy/Elster (TU) def. Sarai Flores/Roseline Dion (MSU), 8-6
Levy/Elster (TU) def. Lauren Levant/Ashley Kitchens (AU), 8-6
Jacqui Katz/Emma Helisten (TU) def. Eleanor Bradshaw/Juliette Clement (ULL), 8-0
Celia Fraser/Dionne Sanders (UH) def. Katz/Helisten (TU), 8-5
Katz/Helisten (TU) def. Alciia Porte/Dariya Dashuntina (LU), 9-8 (6)