Jan. 15, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - With the 2013 spring season on the horizon, the 55th-ranked Tulane women's tennis team has drawn high marks among its Southern Region rivals, as the Green Wave line-up features three players ranked among the top-20 in singles and two doubles tandems ranked in the top-10, according the latest regional rankings by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
Heading up the singles rankings for Tulane is junior Klara Vyskocilova, who is No. 7, along with freshman Ipek Birol, who comes in at No. 16 and senior Emma Levy is No. 18. In doubles, TU's senior combination of Caroline Magnusson and Caroline Thornton is No. 3, while Levy and Vyskocilova are No. 5, giving the Wave two of the top five doubles teams in the region.
"Having such a strong representation in our regional rankings is honestly fun to see," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "Every year all coaches eagerly wait for the preseason rankings to come out so to have so many of the spots belong to a Tulane player definitely makes me happy and I know it makes the team hungry to keep improving."
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.
Levy begins her final spring campaign with 76 career singles wins and is coming off a 7-4 fall season. She will bring a six-match singles win streak into the spring and completed the fall by winning the Flight A Singles Consolation Bracket at the ITA/Southern Regionals. Levy is a three-time All-Conference USA and All-Louisiana performer over the past three seasons.
Magnusson and Thornton have been nearly unstoppable since the two joined forces last spring. The duo has combined for a 34-8 overall record, including a mark of 6-4 this past fall and was 28-4 a year ago. The TU tandem advanced to the semifinals of the Auburn Invitational and the ITA/Southern Regional this past fall. Magnusson and Thornton were 21-2 in dual matches and their 28 victories was the most by a Green Wave doubles team last season.
Vyskocilova joined Levy in doubles and the duo produced a 3-2 record, which included an 8-2 win over Princeton's No. 57 tandem at the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships.