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April 5, 2013


The No. 25 University of Tulsa women's tennis team, after a thrilling 4-3 win last weekend against No. 16 Notre Dame, continues its five-match homestand with a pair of tilts. TU will host Louisville in a 4 p.m. tilt on Friday, April 5 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center before hosting Houston on Sunday, April 7, in an 11 a.m. match. 

Following The Matches: 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 enters this weekend with a 13-5 record, and winners of its past four matches. TU is ranked No. 25 in this week's ITA Rankings, and Samantha Vickers is ranked No. 22 in the nation in singles. Vickers and sophomore Isaura Enrique are also ranked No. 19 in doubles play.

Louisville holds an 11-5 record on the season, as is coming off of a 5-2 triumph over North Texas on March 31.

Houston is 12-7, and holds a 1-0 record in conference play, as UH defeated Southern Miss, 7-0, on February 2. The Cougars roll into town on a two-match losing streak. 

Moving On Up: After TU's thrilling 4-3 comeback triumph against then No. 16 Notre Dame on March 30, TU jumped up four spots to No. 25 in this week's ITA Rankings.

Enrique Earns C-USA Player of the Week: Isaura Enrique won her first career Conference USA Player of the Week award for her efforts for the Hurricane last weekend. Enrique clinched TU's 4-3 victory over No. 16 Notre Dame Saturday with a come-from-behind win at No. 2 singles. After dropping the first set 4-6, Enrique battled Jennifer Kellner to force a tie break in the second set. With the match tied at 3-3, Enrique trailed Kellner 6-3 in the tiebreak, but rattled off the next five points to take the set and force a deciding third set. In the final frame, the sophomore jumped out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back as she ultimately defeated Kellner 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1. Enrique, playing with Samantha Vickers, also earned an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles over Chrissie McGaffigan and Kellner.



On A Hot Streak: Junior Samantha Vickers, ranked No. 22 in the nation in singles play, has won 11 matches in a row. Vickers is now 25-3 on the season, and holds a stellar 15-1 record during the spring campaign. Vickers also holds a 9-2 record against ranked foes, with both losses coming at the hands of Kansas State's Petra Niedermayerova, who is ranked 11th in the country.   

Great Home Cooking: Tulsa is currently riding a 42-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 7-0 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 103-11 (.904) home record during his seven-plus seasons at the helm of the women's program.  

Last Time Out: The No. 29 Tulsa women's tennis squad, led by sophomore Isaura Enrique's come-from-behind triumph at No. 2 singles, rallied to defeat No. 16 Notre Dame, 4-3, Saturday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

After dropping the first set, Enrique staved off elimination in the second set tiebreak, as she trailed 6-3 in the tiebreak to Jennifer Kellner. With the match tied at three all, Enrique took the final five points to win the set and to keep TU's hopes alive. In the third set, she grabbed the first five points en route to 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 match clinching triumph for Tulsa.

The win for the Golden Hurricane (13-5) marked its 42nd consecutive victory at home, but the streak looked in doubt as TU trailed 3-1.

In doubles action, junior Samantha Vickers and Enrique, ranked No. 19 in doubles play, earned an 8-1 win over Chrissie McGaffigan and Jennifer Kellner on the top court, but that marked the only doubles victory for the Hurricane, as the Fighting Irish claimed triumphs at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to take the point.

After senior Michelle Farley fell at No. 3 singles, Vickers, ranked No. 22 in the nation in singles play, dispatched No. 49 Britney Sanders 7-6 (7-5), 7-5, to put Tulsa on the board. Vickers has now won 11 matches in a row in singles play, and it marked her 9th victory against a ranked opponent this year.

The Fighting Irish increased its lead to 3-1 after TU's Saana Saarteinen fell on Court No. 4, but the Hurricane rallied to take the final three remaining matches.

At No. 6 singles, freshman Renata Kuricova defeated Jule Sabacinski, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, to cut the deficit to 3-2.

Junior Maria Sant'Anna also earned a hard-fought three set win for the Hurricane to knot the match at three apiece. Sant'Anna defeated Molly O'Koniewski, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, at No. 5 singles.