Nov. 6, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - Sunday was a banner day for the Tulane women's tennis team as the Green Wave completed one of the most dominant performances in recent memory with three players winning singles championships and two of the Wave's doubles teams brought home titles during the final day of the 2011 Hokie Fall Invitational at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center in Blacksburg, Va.
The Green Wave put together perhaps its best performance since the program was re-instated in 2008. Tulane not only chalked up five titles, but won a combined 19 singles matches and 13 doubles contests during the event. A total of five players reached the singles title match in their respective flights and two of four doubles teams reached championships in the doubles flights.
"To say I am excited about bringing home five championships from a solid Virginia Tech tournament is an understatement," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "I am really excited for our two seniors, Mariam (Kurdadze) and Lindsay (Dvorak). They both won championships in their last fall tournament and it was so great to witness their elation. The girls did an amazing job this weekend and this is only the beginning of what we feel the spring campaign will hold."
In singles, Kurdadze rolled to her 10th singles win of the fall with a hard-fought 7-5, 7-5 victory over East Tennessee State's Paula Jaime in the championship match of Flight A.
In an all-Tulane final in Flight B singles, the junior duo of Emma Levy and Caroline Magnusson squared off in the championship match and it was Levy who prevailed with a 6-0, 6-2 win. Levy now has nine singles wins this fall, and despite the loss Magnusson is tied with Kurdadze for the team lead with 10 singles wins.
In Flight C singles, Dvorak saw her run end with a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Virginia Tech's Tea Ivanovic, but junior Emma Helisten quickly rebounded for Tulane with her fourth straight win in the Flight D singles. Helisten defeated East Tennessee State's Jessica Brummit in the finals, 6-1, 6-4.
Tulane continued its championship run in doubles action. The duo of Kurdadze and Levy won their 10th match this fall in the finals of the Flight A doubles with an 8-5 victory over Virginia Tech's team of Martha Blakely and Courtney Rauscher.
The Green Wave tandem of Dvorak and Helisten kept the run going when they maintained their poise in a tight match against Virginia Tech's combination of Isel Martinez-Marcos and Ivanovic and outdueled the hosts with a 9-8 (5) triumph.
The Green Wave will take the month of December off and returns to action for the spring season with a doubleheader against Xavier and Southern at home on January 29, 2012.
Flight A Finals-Singles
Mariam Kurdadze (TU) def. Paula Jaime (ETSU), 7-5, 7-5
Flight C Finals-Singles
Tea Ivanovic (VTU) def. Lindsay Dvorak (TU), 6-1, 6-0
Flight D Finals-Singles
Emma Helisten (TU) def. Jessica Brummit (ETSU), 6-1, 6-4
Flight A Finals-Doubles
Kurdadze/Levy (TU) def. Blakely/Rauscher (VTU), 8-5
Flight B Finals-Doubles
Dvorak/Helisten (TU) def. Martinez-Marcos/Ivanovic (VTU), 9-8(5)