Sept. 24, 2013
New Orleans - The Tulane women's tennis team opened the 2013-14 with matches against some of the top squads in the nation at the Wolverine Invitational this past weekend and the young Green Wave went toe-to-toe with NCAA Tournament participant Purdue in its final match on Sunday.
In doubles action, Tulane took three of contests with wins at the No. 2 and 3 spots. TU's combination of senior Jenny Hois and sophomore Jacqui Katz downed Purdue's tandem of Lynda Xepoleas and Dani Vidal, 8-6, at the second slot, while junior Emily Dvorak and sophomore Meredith Maltby got past Nicole Robinson and Andjela Djokovic at the bottom spot, 8-7.
In singles, Tulane kept the pressure on the Boilermakers when Vyskocilova, the nation's 53rd-ranked singles player, upended Purdue's Xepoleas at the top spot, 5-6, 6-4, 6-2. Katz carried TU's momentum into her match at No. 3 and came away with a three-set victory over Vidal, 6-4, 5-6, 6-2.
Purdue then flexed its muscle and came away with wins at No. 2, 4-6, but Tulane, which completed the 2012-13 season ranked No. 50 and playing without and injured Birol in singles, showed it could still hang around a top 30 team.
"We knew the tournament field was going to be some of the nation's best teams and that we were in for a battle, but I felt like our players had the right mentality from the beginning," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "We have a young team right now and we have some upperclassmen that are used to coming home from tournaments with a lot of victories. But the first two days of this tournament were really tough. The important thing I saw was that we responded to the challenge really well. I loved the way we competed and fought in every match and I came home excited from what I saw from this team. I'm excited about our future."
Purdue vs. Tulane
No. 12 Schmidt/Kapitany (Purdue) d. Vyskocilova/Birol (Tulane), 8-5
Katz/Hois (Tulane) d. Xepoleas/Vidal (Purdue), 8-6
Dvorak/Maltby (Tulane) d. Robinson/Djokovic (Purdue), 8-7
No. 53 Klara Vyskocilova (Tulane) d. Lynda Xepoleas (Purdue), 5-6, 6-4, 6-2
No. 125 Mara Schmidt (Purdue) d. Jenny Hois (Tulane), 6-2, 6-5
Jacqui Katz (Tulane) d. Dani Vidal (Purdue), 6-4, 5-6, 6-2
Nicole Robinson (Purdue) d. Meredith Maltby (Tulane), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
Andjela Djokovic (Purdue) d. Emily Dvorak (Tulane), 6-1, 6-3
Krisztina Kapitany (Purdue) d. Margaux Hyman (Tulane), 6-0, 6-4