Senior Caroline Magnusson and Tulane will take on No. 32 Rice and No. 21 Texas Tech this weekend in Houston.
Feb. 14, 2013
New Orleans - The Tulane women's tennis squad moved up two spots in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national rankings to No. 57 and will put the ranking on the line this weekend against a pair of the top teams in the nation at the Jake Hess Tennis Center on the campus of Rice University in Houston, Texas.
On Friday, Feb. 16, Tulane hooks up with Conference USA rival and 32nd-ranked Rice for a 1 p.m. match. Tulane (3-2) hits the road for the first time since opening the season as part of the ITA Kickoff weekend in Los Angeles, Calif. The Green Wave is coming off a convincing 6-1 win over Southeastern Conference member, Kentucky, last Saturday at home.
Rice (4-3) is coming off a 7-0 shutout win over UT-Arlington last week at home and is 3-0 on its home courts this season. The Green Wave will look to avenge a 4-2 loss to the Owls in last year's semifinal match of the 2012 Conference USA Championships.
One day later on Saturday, Tulane will once again be tested when it takes on 21st-ranked Texas Tech at Noon. The match is the first meeting between the two teams since the Red Raiders downed the Green Wave, 4-1, at the Hilton Indoor Tennis Center on Feb. 4, 2011, in New Orleans. Texas Tech (4-1) is coming off a 7-0 win over Sacramento State in its last match.
"This weekend will definitely be a great test for us playing two teams inside the top 35," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "These are the matches that really give us a gauge of where we are from a physical and mental standpoint. We will be pushed in all aspects from the beginning of the match until we shake hands but this is the type of competition that we thrive for as we continue our quest of becoming a national powerhouse. The girls have been working hard this year and even though we have lost a couple of matches that we all know we shouldn't have, we have learned from those mistakes and are eager to make them right."
Individually, junior and No. 88 ranked Klara Vyskocilova moved up 20 spots in the rankings and leads the team with a 10-3 overall record, including a dual mark of 3-1 at the top spot in the line-up, and has won her last three outings. Senior Emma Levy is tied with Vyskocilova in victories with a 10-6 mark, including a 3-2 dual mark at the No.2 spot in singles. Freshman Ipek Birol boasts an 8-3 overall record and is 2-2 in dual matches.
In doubles action, Levy and junior Jenny Hois have bolted out to a 4-0 record with a 3-0 dual mark at No. 2 and the duo is 1-0 at No. 3. The Wave is 7-2 in doubles through five dual matches this season.