Jan. 4, 2013
New Orleans - The Tulane women's tennis team has yet to play a match this spring but its success from last season and this past fall has carried over into the 2013 spring campaign and the result is a No. 55 preseason national ranking, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), which released its first batch of spring rankings on Thursday.
In addition to the team ranking, two Green Wave players have received individual recognition as junior Klara Vyskocilova is ranked No. 118 in singles and the doubles duo of Vyskocilova and senior Emma Levy comes in at No. 48 on the preseason charts.
"This is another great day for our program," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "This is the first year we have been preseason nationally ranked since before our re-start in 2008. I couldn't be more proud of the girls and their incredible dedication to our task of rebuilding this program. Finishing last year at No. 58 and then following that with such a solid fall just reiterates the direction this team is heading. Also, having Klara ranked in singles and Klara and Emma Levy ranked in doubles is icing on the cake. I'm very proud of this group. They are very deserving. Now we just have to continue to climb the mountain and keep pushing ourselves to be better."
Tulane completed the 2012 campaign with its best record in seven years with a mark of 19-6 and was No. 58 in the final rankings. In all, the Wave spent the final 15 weeks of last year's regular season ranked among the top programs in the country.
Vyskocilova is in her first season at Tulane after transferring from Clemson prior to the 2012 fall campaign. Last fall, she recorded a mark of 6-2 in singles, including a record of 2-1 against nationally-ranked opponents. Her best win came against No. 31 Tayler Davis of California-Berkeley at the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships and she also downed Mississippi State's No. 122-ranked Alexandra Perper in the finals of the Tiger Invitational.
Tulane is one of four Conference USA teams in the national rankings, joining Tulsa (#25), Rice (#29) and Memphis (#58).