Senior Mariam Kurdadze and the Green Wave will enter the 2012 C-USA Championships as the No.3 overall seed and earned a first round bye.
April 16, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Fresh off one the best seasons since the program was re-launched in 2008-09, the 53rd-ranked Tulane women's tennis team has drawn a No. 3 overall seed and a first-round bye in the upcoming 2012 Conference USA Women's Tennis Championships and will face the winner of the Houston/Southern Miss match in the quarterfinals on Friday, April 20 at 2 p.m. in Memphis, Tenn.
Tulane completed the regular season with an 18-5 overall record and enters the 2012 C-USA Championships riding a five-match win streak. The Wave has defeated both Houston and Southern Miss in previous action this year. The Wave downed the Cougars, 5-2, at home and topped the Golden Eagles, 7-0, on the road earlier in the year.
"Coming in at the No. 3 seed in our conference is a very exciting moment for us as this was one of our goals this year," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "Playing a challenging schedule has definitely prepared us for the upcoming tournament but it has also rewarded us with receiving our first seed since we restarted the program in 2008. With this honor, it also means that we have a target on our back and opponents will give us their best shot but this team is battle tested and I know the level of tennis this team is capable of and to be honest, we haven't reached it yet this year. Tournament time is fun and i am looking forward to a strong finish for what has already been a record breaking year."
Tulane's No. 3 seed is the best for the program since it was re-launched and marks the first time the Wave has drawn a first-round bye since TU entered the 2005 C-USA Championships as the top overall seed en route to its third straight C-USA crown. Tulane has won four C-USA titles.
The Green Wave posted a 5-1 record against C-USA opponents this season with its lone loss coming at the hands of No. 2 seed Rice, 5-2, back on March 25, which also currently remains as the team's last loss.
Individually in singles, Tulane comes armed with three players with 20+ wins and has one player that has reached the 30-win plateau. Junior Caroline Magnusson sports a 30-7 overall record and is tied with Tulsa's Samantha Vickers for the most singles wins this season among C-USA players. Along with Magnusson are junior Emma Levy and senior Mariam Kurdadze with 25 victories apiece and senior Lindsay Dvorak with a 20-13 record.
The Wave has won 69-percent of its singles matches this season, including 75-percent in dual play.
As dominant as Tulane has been in singles, the same holds true for the Wave in doubles, as the team as combined to win 76-percent of its matches this season, including nearly 80-percent of its contests this spring.
All three of Tulane's doubles combinations have logged 20 or more victories, including its No. 2 team of Magnusson and junior Caroline Thornton with a team-best 26-4 overall record and its top tandem of Kurdadze and Levy with a 25-8 mark. TU's No.3 team of Dvorak and junior Hila Elster is 21-5 overall.
2012 C-USA WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
DUNAVANT-WELLFORD TENNIS CENTER / MEMPHIS, TENN.
FIRST ROUND - Thursday, April 19 Morning Session Match 1: (8) East Carolina vs. (9) UAB - 10 a.m./B Courts Match 2: (5) Marshall vs. (12) UTEP - 10 a.m./A Courts
Afternoon Session Match 3: (7) UCF vs. (10) SMU - 2 p.m./B Courts Match 4: (6) Houston vs. (11) Southern Miss - 2 p.m./A Courts
QUARTERFINALS - Friday, April 20 Morning Session Match 5: (1) Tulsa vs. winner of Match 1 - 10 a.m./A Courts Match 6: (4) Memphis vs. winner of Match 2 - 10 a.m./B Courts
Afternoon Session Match 7: (2) Rice vs. winner of Match 3 - 2 p.m./A Courts Match 8: (3) Tulane vs. winner of Match 4 - 2 p.m./B Courts
SEMIFINALS - Saturday, April 21 Match 9: winner of Match 5 vs. winner of Match 6 - 12 p.m./A-B Courts* Match 10: winner of Match 7 vs. winner of Match 8 - 12 p.m./A-B Courts*
CHAMPIONSHIP - Sunday, April 22 Match 11: winner of Match 9 vs. winner of Match 10 - 10 a.m./A Courts * The highest remaining seed will play on the Bank A Courts. Central Time