Oct. 6, 2011
New Orleans - The Tulane doubles combination of senior Mariam Kurdadze and junior Emma Levy saw their run in the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships come to an abrupt end today with a hard fought, 8-5, loss to UCLA's doubles team in the second of qualifying doubles in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Kurdadze and Levy began their doubles run with an 8-4 upset on Tuesday of North Carolina's sixth-seeded tandem and was forced off the courts on Wednesday due to heavy rains in the area.
Today, Kurdadze and Levy were slow coming out of the gates and quickly fell behind 5-2 early in the match to UCLA's duo of Robin Anderson and McCall Jones. But the feisty Green Wave duo fought back to tie the match at 5-5. However, missed opportunities and mistakes haunted any chance of a comeback and UCLA prevailed.
"I am very disappointed and we know we lost today to a very beatable opponent," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "We had a lot of missed opportunities that resulted in our downfall. We'll have to tighten our belts and get back to work and use today as motivation to get better. I am very proud of Mariam and Emma. This is a very prestigious event and we came in, got a great win on Tuesday and proved we belong on the national stage. This is a testament to how far our program has come in a short amount of time. Next year, I expect us to play in the main draw."
Back in the Central Time Zone, four Green Wave players will participate in the 2011 Rice Invitational beginning Friday and running through Sunday. Juniors Caroline Thornton and Caroline Magnusson, along with the sister duo of senior Lindsay Dvorak and freshman Emily Dvorak, will represent Tulane. The matches will be played at the Jake Hess Tennis Courts on the campus of Rice University in Houston, Texas.