Women's Tennis Cruises Past ECU In C-USA Quarters
April 20, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The No. 26-ranked University of Tulsa women's tennis team advanced to the semifinals of the Conference USA Women's Tennis Championship with a 4-0 victory over East Carolina Friday afternoon at Dunavant-Wellford Tennis Center.
The top-seeded Golden Hurricane (20-3) won all three doubles matches and quickly secured the three singles matches necessary to close out the match over the eighth-seeded Pirates (10-16).
Tulsa will now face No. 4 seed and host Memphis at noon April 21. The Golden Hurricane topped the Tigers 5-2 in Tulsa April 15, but Memphis (16-4) has won 10 of its last 11 matches.
"We had a solid performance across the board today, and we're looking forward to a good battle tomorrow," Tulsa Head Coach Dean Orford said. "Memphis is a dangerous team and we know it will take our best effort in order to beat them."
TU began doubles action strong when senior Bonny Davidson and sophomore Samantha Vickers defeated Neena Wanko and Dana Gray 8-3 on the second court. Junior Michelle Farley and sophomore Maria Sant'Anna put TU on the board with an 8-5 win on the third court over Natalie Collins and Renata Bakieva.
Farley opened singles action with a quick 6-0, 6-0 victory over Abby Richmond at the fifth flight, and Davidson topped Gray 6-0, 6-3 at the sixth position.
No. 71-ranked Erofeeva topped Collins 6-1, 6-1 on the first court to send Tulsa into the semis. The other three matches were halted, and TU held leads on all three courts.
Erofeeva won her 109th-career singles match, which ties former great Alexandra Kichoutkin (2007-11) for second in school history. Erofeeva already owns the school record for career doubles victories (106) and combined wins (215).
Szatkowska also moved past Kichoutkin for sole possession of second place on the school's all-time doubles wins list with 92.
Tulsa has now won at least 20 matches for the sixth-straight season, and the Golden Hurricane is currently on a 10-match win streak.
TU improves to 16-2 (.889) all-time at the Conference USA Championship, and the team has advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament every year since joining the league in 2005-06.
This was also the third time (2010, 2008) Tulsa has defeated East Carolina in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament, all without relinquishing a point.
Tennis Match Results Apr 20, 2012 at Memphis, Tenn. (Dunavant-Wellford Tennis Center)
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