April 9, 2013
New Orleans - The 38th-ranked Tulane women's tennis team will honor its 2013 senior class on Wednesday when it concludes the regular season at 2 p.m. when it hosts the South Alabama Jaguars at the City Park Pepsi Center. There is not charge for admission.
Tulane (15-6) will honor its five-member senior class prior to the start of the match on Wednesday. Seniors Hila Elster, Emma Helisten, Emma Levy, Caroline Magnusson and Caroline Thornton will play their final home match in a Green Wave uniform against the Jaguars.
Together, this class has led the Wave to a combined record of 59-32, including a 19-6 mark a year ago. Elster, Helisten and Levy were among the program's second recruiting class after it was re-launched for the 2008-09 campaign, while Magnusson and Thornton each transferred to TU for their final two seasons.
The group led Tulane into the national rankings last season, where it ranked among the nation's best for the final 15 weeks of the season and has been ranked through the entire spring 2013 campaign, including its current highest ranking of No. 38.
"Tomorrow is going to be hard to say goodbye to five seniors, who have been tremendous ambassadors for our program," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "They have done an incredible job in so many ways and it is definitely hard replacing this caliber of player and person. As far as the match goes, we are looking forward to competing at home one last time this spring and are looking to play well and continue our campaign for postseason play."
Tulane enters the regular season finale on a roll. The Wave has won five straight contests, 10 out of its last 11 outings and a total of 12 out of its last 14 matches dating back to Feb. 20. TU is 7-1 on its home courts this season and 4-1 against regional opponents.
Following the South Alabama contest, the Green Wave will begin its run to a Conference USA title at the 2013 C-USA Championships, April 18-21, in Houston, Texas. The event will be hosted by the University of Houston.
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.