Sept. 20, 2012
New Orleans - The Green Wave's women's tennis team returns to the hard courts this weekend as one of 12 teams participating in the Longhorn Invitational, this Friday-Sunday, Sept. 21-23, at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin, Texas.
The 2012 tournament features 64 players from Texas, LSU, Oklahoma, TCU, North Texas, UTSA, West Virginia, SMU, Houston, Rice, Denver and Tulane. Play begins each day at 8:30 a.m. CST. Competition will conclude at roughly 7 p.m. on Friday, 5 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
"I am really anxious to get to Texas and play this level of competition," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "It is definitely a step up from the competition at Auburn so this will be a good measuring stick of where we are on a national scale. We are nursing a few injuries but again, this team is full of fighters so I know we will push through. We have had two solid weeks of practice since Auburn so I feel confident in our physical strength and stamina. We are ready to put it on the line once again this weekend."
Two weeks ago, the Green Wave opened the 2012 fall campaign by winning 22 combined singles and doubles contests and three flight titles at the Auburn Invitational. Junior Klara Vyskocilova claimed the Flight 1 singles title, while senior Emma Helisten took home the Flight 8 singles championships. Seniors Emma Levy and Hila Elster teamed up to win the Flight 3 doubles crown.
Two Tulane players are featured in the preseason singles Top-125 national rankings from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Vyskocilova is ranked No. 57, while Levy comes in ranked at No. 115. TU's two selections are the second most among Conference USA teams and the most since the Green Wave women's tennis program was re-launched in 2008-09.
A transfer from Clemson, Vyskocilova ranked as high as No. 57 a year ago when she posted a 24-10 singles mark while playing the top half of the line-up for the Tigers. She has registered 45 singles wins in her first two collegiate seasons.
Levy, a three-time All C-USA selection, compiled a 26-8 overall singles record as a junior, including a mark of 17-5 in dual matches at the No. 2 position last season. Entering her senior campaign, Levy has captured 69 career singles wins.