The Green Wave returns to the Blue-Gray Tennis Classic this weekend and will take on Auburn in its opening match on Friday.
Feb. 20, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - For the second straight year, the Tulane women's tennis team will participate in one most prestigious regular season tournaments in collegiate tennis, as the 75th-ranked Green Wave makes a return trip to the Blue-Gray Tennis Classic this weekend, Feb. 21-23, at the Lagoon Park Tennis Center in Montgomery, Ala.
Tulane will join the eight-team field of No. 14 Alabama, No. 19 Auburn, No. 42 Illinois, No. 29 Oklahoma State, No. 24 Rice, No. 21 Texas Tech and No. 36 Yale.
The Green Wave will open up against Auburn on Friday, Feb. 21 at 1:30 p.m. The winner of the match will take on the winner of the 9 a.m. contest between Oklahoma State and Conference USA rival Rice on Saturday. Tulane and Auburn will meet for the second straight week. A week ago in New Orleans, the Wave fell short to the then No. 20 Tigers, 4-2, despite one of the team's best overall efforts of the season.
At the top of the draw, Alabama will take on Illinois at 11 a.m., while Yale and Texas Tech tangle at 4 p.m.
"To be invited back to our second Blue-Gray Tennis Classic is a testament to how well we did last year and the mark we made there," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "We realize this field is one of the toughest fields in collegiate tennis but one that we are ready to face. Our belief in continuing to build our future is another reason we are excited to compete and grow as a family unit. I know we will be pushed from the very beginning but I'm excited to see how we respond in these difficult situations. We know we can compete with anyone, so all we have to do is fight for every ball and, win or lose, we will be fine.
Leading the way for Tulane is senior Klara Vyskocilova, the reigning C-USA Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week. Last week, Vyskocilova upset Auburn's 21st-ranked Pleun Bergman in a three-set thriller and finished 2-0 on the week.
For the year, Vyskocilova is 12-6 overall and remains undefeated in dual matches with a 5-0 record at the top spot, and brings a seven-match win streak into Friday's contest.
In doubles, junior Emily Dvorak and sophomore Meredith Maltby lead the team with a 9-6 overall record and 2-2 at No. 3 doubles, while Vyskocilova and sophomore Jacqui Katz are 5-2 overall and 3-1 at the top doubles slot.
A year ago at this same event, Tulane topped C-USA foe Marshall in the first round and then upset No. 40 Ohio State in the semifinals before falling to No. 47 Virginia in the championship match.