The Green Wave open the home portion of their schedule on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Southeastern Louisiana.
Feb. 5, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's tennis team opens the home portion of the 2010 season on Saturday, Feb. 6, when the Green Wave play host to Southeastern Louisiana at the Goldring Tennis Center. Doubles play is slated to start at 1 p.m. with singles to follow.
The Green Wave enter the weekend 1-1 on the young spring season. Tulane opened the year with a 4-2 win over New Mexico on Jan. 22 before dropping a heart-breaker to No. 73 Texas Tech by an identical score the next day. Both of those matches, however, were in Lubbock, Texas, and head coach Terri Sisk said the team is excited to be back home.
"It's always nice to play at home in front of friends and fans," Sisk said. "The girls are excited about it. They're looking forward to playing Southeastern Louisiana. We know they're a good program, but it's always good to have home-court advantage."
As a team, the Green Wave are 56-49 in singles play, including a 6-6 mark in dual-match action. Sophomore Mariam Kurdadze leads the team with a 10-5 singles record and went 2-0 during the team's trip to Lubbock two weeks ago.Freshman Emma Levy is also 2-0 in dual-match competition and ranks second on the squad with eight singles victories.
Tulane had yet to play a doubles match since the start of the spring season and went 25-23 in pairs play during the fall. Kurdadze and Levy combined to go 6-5 during fall doubles action and the combination of sophomore Lindsay Dvorak and freshman Emma Helistén enter the spring ranked the No. 6 doubles pair in the Southern Region after going 4-2 in tournament play. Helistén has yet to play in a dual-match, missing the trip to Lubbock with flu-like symptoms.
"We're real excited to actually have the full team healthy and injury free," Sisk said. "That's always a concern for any coach. Emma Helistén will be able to play this weekend and we missed her a couple of weeks ago. Having one of your players out of the lineup makes a huge difference. We're excited to have her back and she's ready to go. She's probably a little bit nervous since this is her first dual match as a college freshman, but she' a great athlete and she's a tremendous competitor so she'll be fine."
Southeastern Louisiana, meanwhile, comes to town 1-0 on the year after sweeping Alcorn State, 7-0, in the Lions only dual-match of the year back on Jan. 31 in Hammond, La. All six singles players - Audrey Chelini, Nina Schmeid, Morgane Dadot, Annika Hanke, Isabel Brito and Alexandra Lindahl - posted victories while the duos of Chelini/Dadot and Schmeid/Camille Pilon recorded doubles victories.
Following Saturday's match against the Lions, the Green Wave return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 10, when they take on cross-town foe UNO at 3 p.m. in the Goldring Tennis Center. Admission to all regular-season Tulane tennis matches is free.