Women's Tennis Opens Spring Campaign At Home Against UALR, ORU
Jan. 18, 2013
TREACHEROUS SLATE AWAITS GOLDEN HURRICANE
Tulsa will face 13 ranked foes this year, including nine in its first 12 matches of the season. After this weekend, Tulsa will face No. 22 Clemson before facing either No. 10 Alabama or No. 58 Memphis at National Indoors. TU will face four ranked foes at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in No. 62 Wichita State, No. 29 Rice, No. 19 Notre Dame and No. 58 Memphis.
TULSA EARNS NO. 25 PRESEASON RANK
The University of Tulsa will begin the 2012 spring campaign as the No. 25-ranked team in the nation, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings released January 3. Junior Samantha Vickers and sophomore Isaura Enrique were ranked No. 9 in doubles, the highest ranking in program history. Vickers also checked in at the No. 124 spot in singles.
STREAKING AT HOME
Tulsa is currently riding a 35-match win streak at the friendly confines of Case Tennis Center. The streak began Feb. 21, 2010 with a 6-1 triumph over Kansas. The Golden Hurricane won its last 10 home matches in 2010, which included all three matches in the 2010 Conference USA Championship. Tulsa followed that up with an unblemished 14-0 mark at home in 2011, and the team won all 11 matches at home this season. The last time TU fell at Case Tennis Center was Feb. 17, 2010, when the blue and gold dropped a narrow 4-3 decision to in-state rival Oklahoma. Coach Dean Orford has posted a ridiculous 96-11 (.897) home record during his six-plus seasons at the helm of the women’s program.
Vickers, Enrique Shine at National Indoors
Junior Samantha Vickers and sophomore Isaura Enrique advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y. After receiving a first round bye, the Tulsa tandem distpached USC’s Gabriella DeSimone and Zoe Scandalis before falling to the tournament runner-ups Li Xi and Stephanie Nauta in the quarterfinals.
Vickers, Enrique Win Doubles Title At USTA/ITA Central Regional Championship
JJunior Sam Vickers and sophomore Isaura Enrique defeated Kansas State’s Petra Niedermayerova and Ivana Kubicova in the doubles finals at the USTA/ITA Central Regional Championship. The Tulsa tandem dispatched the Wildcats 8-3 in the finals to secure a berth to the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. Vickers and Enrique are the first Golden Hurricane players since Jana Sedivecc and Jennifer DeSpain to win the regional title in doubles play. In singles play, Vickers, ranked No. 44 in the preseason ITA rankings, faced Niedermayerova in a tilt featuring the tournament’s number one and number two seeds. Vickers fell to Nidermayerova, the No. 14 ranked player in the nation, 6-1, 7-5.
TULSA WINS FIFTH CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIP IN LAST SIX YEARS
The Golden Hurricane went to Memphis, Tenn., looking to defend its league title, and the team did exactly that by winning the 2012 Conference USA Women’s Tennis Championship. TU took down No. 40 Rice in the championship match April 22 by a 4-2 margin. Tulsa won its third-straight league crown and its fifth title in the last six years, marking the most dominant stretch in C-USA history. The five championships are the most by any team in league history, and Tulsa became just the second program in league history to claim three-straight championships (Tulane 2003-05). The Golden Hurricane topped East Carolina 4-0 in the quarterfinals and then survived a 4-3 scare from Memphis in the semifinals before beating the Owls in the finals.
ENTIRE TU SINGLES LINEUP GARNER POSTSEASON HONORS, ORFORD NAMED COACH OF YEAR
A league-record six members of the Tulsa women’s tennis team earned Conference USA postseason accolades. The number tied last year’s Tulsa squad and Tulane’s 2004 team with the most honorees by one team in league history. Senior Anastasia Erofeeva and sophomore Samantha Vickers led the way for the Golden Hurricane, as both members of the team were named to the All-Conference USA Singles First Team for the first time in their respective careers. Senior Ewa Szatkowska and freshman Isaura Enrique were both named to the All-Conference USA Singles Second Team, while senior Bonny Davidson and junior Michelle Farley were both named to the All-Conference USA Third Team. Szatkowska was on the third team and Farley made the second team last season. Davidson and Enrique earned their first-career laurels. The doubles team of Erofeeva and Szatkowska were named to the All-Conference USA Doubles Second Team. Coach Dean Orford shared Conference USA Coach of the Year honors with Rice’s Elizabeth Schmidt. This was his first time splitting the award, and he has been named coach of the year five of the last six seasons.
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