April 7, 2012
New Orleans - The 58th-ranked Tulane women's tennis team will say good-bye to four outstanding seniors when the Green Wave takes the court for the final time during the regular season this Sunday at 11 a.m. when the Denver Pioneers visit the Goldring Tennis Center.
Sunday will be Senior Day on the Tulane campus and the Wave will look to close out the year with a win for four seniors who helped re-launch the program in 2008-09. The 2012 senior class of Lindsay Dvorak, Marcela Fonseca, Jessica Lange and Mariam Kurdadze chose TU's history-rich program, but one that laid dormant for three years following its suspension in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Tulane head coach Terri Sisk and her first group of seniors has guided the program from its infancy four years ago into a nationally ranked squad this season. The Green Wave is 14-5 overall this season, including 9-4 on its home courts. Tulane has already chalked up its most wins since the program was re-launched and also attained its highest national ranking during the same time frame. The Green Wave is coming off a 5-1 victory over Lamar in its last match on March 30.
"We are looking forward to getting back on the court against a very solid Denver team," Sisk said. "This will be a nice match-up for us as both teams are very competitive in all spots and will also give us another solid match in preparation for our conference tournament in two weeks.
"Sunday is going to be a hard day with it being the last home match for our four seniors. They have worked tirelessly to help us regain our prominence in the collegiate tennis world and their efforts will be greatly missed."
Individually, junior Caroline Magnusson has been a stalwart in the line-up this season, posting a Conference USA-best 27-6 overall record, and has been a winner in her last 10 contests. Her win total this spring is the ninth best in a single season.
In doubles, Magnusson and partner Caroline Thornton have notched a team-leading 23-4 doubles record, while holding down the No. 2 spot. TU's top tandem of Kurdadze and Levy are 22-8, while Dvorak and teammate Hila Elster are 17-5 at No. 3.
Denver is 11-8 overall this season and is coming off a 5-2 victory at Louisiana-Lafayette last Friday.