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March 28, 2013

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TULSA HOSTS NOTRE DAME

The No. 29 ranked Tulsa women's tennis squad, after a successful road swing in California last week, returns home to face No. 16 ranked Notre Dame in a 12 p.m. match on Saturday, March 30.

ABOUT THE MATCH

Live scoring can be found here for all outdoor matches and here for all indoor matches at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center. Fans can also follow @TulsaWTennis on Twitter to keep up to date on the matches. 


 

 

ABOUT THE TEAMS

Tulsa, ranked No. 29 in the nation, enters the match with a 12-5 ledger, as the Hurricane has won its last four matches. TU is led by reigning Conference USA Player of the Week Samantha Vickers, who is ranked No. 22 in singles play and is riding a 10 match-winning streak.

Notre Dame enters the contest with an 11-6 record, and is coming off of a 5-2 loss at the hands of No. 10 Michigan on Wednesday night.

 THE SERIES

Under Head Coach Dean Orford, Tulsa is 0-1 against the Fighting Irish.

CONNECTIONS BETWEEN TULSA AND NOTRE DAME

  • Kelcy Tefft, the Notre Dame assistant coach, was an assistant at Tulsa from 2009-2011.
  • Tulsa assistant coach Kali Krisik, who replaced Tefft, played at Notre Dame from 2006-2010. Krisik was a member of the All-Big East Team three times, and was an ITA All-American and the Big East Conference Most Outstanding Performer in 2010.
  • Notre Dame Head Coach Jay Louderback is the uncle of Tulsa assistant coach Kali Krisik.

 VICKERS CLIMBS THE RANKINGS

In this week's ITA Rankings, Samantha Vickers checked in at No. 22 in singles rankings. In addition, Vickers, along with teammate Isaura Enrique, are ranked No. 19 in doubles.  

STREAKING AT HOME

Tulsa is currently riding a 41-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 last season. TU is also a perfect 6-0 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 102-11 (.903) home record during his seven-plus seasons at the helm of the women's program. 

LAST TIME OUT:

Saint Mary's (March 19, 2013)

Junior Samantha Vickers earned a comeback win at No. 1 singles to propel the No. 25 Tulsa women's tennis team to a 4-3 triumph over Saint Mary's on Tuesday, March 19, in Moraga, Calif.

Vickers, ranked No. 31 in the nation in singles play, won her 10th match in a row, and won her eighth match against a ranked foe as she dispatched No. 18 Jenny Jullien 6-7, 7-6, 6-2 at No. 1 singles.

The Golden Hurricane (12-5) began the match by clinching the doubles point. Renata Kuricova and Maria San't Anna got things rolling with an 8-3 win at No. 3 doubles, and Vickers and sophomore Isaura Enrique, ranked No. 22 in the nation, earned a 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles to seal the point.

Kuricova gave TU a 2-0 lead after defeating Hannah Liljekvist 6-3, 6-2 on Court No. 6. The Gaels tied the match at two apiece after Sant'Anna lost a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 decision against Jade Frampton at No. 5 singles, and SMC's Danielle Flores defeated TU's Michelle Farley 7-6, 6-4 at No. 3 singles.

Freshman Saana Saarteinen put TU up 3-2 with a 7-6, 1-6, 6-2 win against Catherine Leduc at No. 4 singles.

After Enrique fell at No. 2 singles, all eyes turned to Court No. 1 as Vickers gave Tulsa the win in a hard fought match between two top-50 foes.