June 13, 2012
New Orleans - The Tulane women's tennis team concluded its best season in seven years with a 19-6 overall record and the pollsters at both the national and regional levels took notice, as the Green Wave earned a No. 58 ranking in the final national poll and a No. 4 ranking in the final Southern Region.
Tulane returned to the national rankings this past spring at No. 58 on Feb. 28 and spent the final 15 weeks of the regular season ranked among the top programs in the country. The Wave reached its highest ranking of No. 52 in mid-March.
TU was one of four Conference USA schools ranked in the final poll, including Tulsa (23), Rice (30) and Memphis (60), and the Wave recorded victories over three teams in the national rankings, including Penn State (51), Ohio State (59), College of Charleston (63).
Four Green Wave singles players found their names among the top-20 players in the Southern Region, including senior Mariam Kurdadze (7) and the junior trio of Emma Levy (14), Caroline Magnusson (17) and Caroline Thornton (20).
TU's top doubles teams were also among the region's best. The No. 1 duo of Kurdadze and Levy are ranked No. 7, while the No. 2 tandem of Magnusson and Thornton are No. 8.
"Coming in at No. 4 in such a strong region is just icing on the cake for what has already been such a record breaking year for this team," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "This is our highest regional ranking since the program returned in 2008-09 and we expect to continue our climb every year going forward. Also, having four players inside the top 20 singles rankings and two doubles teams inside the top 10 is also quite impressive. The Southern Region includes five SEC programs so these feats are not easily earned. In fact, there is so much work done behind the scenes to even have this type of recognition and I am incredibly proud of this team for their efforts this year. We expect even more of these accolades in the future."