Sophomore Ipek Birol will lead Tulane into action at home on Friday against No. 20 Auburn.
Feb. 13, 2014
New Orleans - The 66th-ranked Tulane women's tennis team will look to extend its two-match win streak and take down one of the nation's top squads this Friday at 2 p.m. when the Green Wave hosts 20th-ranked Auburn at the City Park Pepsi Center. There is no charge for admission to the match and free tailgating will be available to fans starting at 2 p.m.
Tulane is 3-3 overall this season and is coming off consecutive wins over Southeastern Louisiana (5-1) and Xavier (La.) (4-0) last weekend. The Green Wave is 3-1 on its home courts this season and is looking for its first win over a nationally-ranked opponent this season after recording three upsets a year ago. Auburn is 4-1 overall, but is 0-1 on the road this season.
"We are approaching this match with Auburn as an opportunity to compete against a Top-25 program to see where we stack up nationally," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "We realize this will be a tough match but one that we know we have nothing to lose and can feel free to go for shots we have worked on executing under pressure. We will also focus on situations inside the points where we need to step up and make something happen. The team has worked hard all week and I am looking forward to watching us compete at this level. We are going to shoot for the stars."
Senior Klara Vyskocilova paces Tulane with a 10-6 overall singles record, but remains undefeated in dual contests with a 4-0 mark and enters the Auburn match riding a five-match win streak dating back to the fall season. Sophomore Meredith Maltby and freshman Sophie Blom are tied for second on the team for singles wins in dual matches with a pair of 4-1 records.
In doubles, Vyskocilova and sophomore Jacqui Katz are 5-1 overall and 3-0 in dual contests at the top spot.
Following the Auburn match, the Green Wave returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. against No. 59 South Florida at the City Park Pepsi Center.
The Green Wave women's tennis team will play all of its home matches this spring at the City Park Pepsi Center. The City Park Pepsi Tennis Center features 16 hard and 10 clay courts, a clubhouse with a pro shop, restrooms, showers and a meeting room. The facility is located off Marconi Blvd. between I-610 and Harrison Avenue. For more information on City Park Pepsi Center, please visit http://www.neworleanscitypark.com/tennis.html.