No. 26 Tulsa Women's Tennis Wraps Up Regular Season with UT-Arlington, No. 28 Memphis
April 11, 2013
The University of Tulsa women's tennis squad, ranked No. 26 in the nation, will wrap up the regular season with two home matches this weekend. The Hurricane will face UT-Arlington on Friday, April 12, in a 4 p.m. tilt. TU will celebrate the accomplishments of senior Michelle Farley before its noon match against No. 28 Memphis on Sunday, April 14 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
FOLLOWING THE MATCH
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ABOUT THE TEAMS
The Golden Hurricane enters this weekend with a 15-5 record and a ranking of No. 26 in this week's ITA Rankings. TU is led by junior Samantha Vickers, who is ranked No. 18 in singles competition. Vickers holds a 27-3 record this year in singles action, and has won 13 consecutive singles tilts. Vickers along with sophomore Isaura Enrique also checked in at No. 18 in the ITA doubles rankings.
UT-Arlington enters Friday's tilt with a 7-10 record after falling to No. 52 SMU, 4-0 on Wednesday night.
Memphis enters this weekend at the No. 28 spot in the ITA Rankings, and is coming off of a 4-3 road win at then No. 21 Notre Dame. The Lady Tigers hold a 16-4 record, with one of its losses coming at the hands of the Golden Hurricane earlier this year. Courtney Collins is ranked No. 44 in singles action, while Stefanie Mikesz and Caroline Wegner are ranked No. 59 in doubles competition. Collins and Kelly Gray are also ranked No. 65 in doubles.
ABOUT THE SENIOR
Sunday's match against Memphis is Tulsa's Senior Day, where TU's lone senior Michelle Farley will be honored before the match Farley has played a critical part in TU's three Conference USA titles the past three seasons. In addition, she has helped the Hurricane reach the Second Round at the NCAA Championships three times during her career.
Farley sits in fourth place in school history with 94 career triumphs in singles play, and has 67 doubles wins in her career, which is the 10th most in program history. Last year she boasted a 21-3 record during the dual campaign and was named to the all-C-USA Singles Third Team. During her sophomore campaign, she compiled a 27-6 record in singles and was named to the All-C-USA Singles Second team.
SEVEN AND COUNTING
TU is riding a seven-match winning streak heading into Friday's match against UT-Arlington.
ON A HOT STREAK
Samantha Vickers, ranked No. 18 in the nation in singles play, has won 13 matches in a row. Vickers is now 25-3 on the season, and holds a stellar 17-1 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.
Tulsa is currently riding a 44-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 9-0 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 105-11 (.905) home record during his seven-plus seasons at the helm of the women's program.
LAST TIME OUT
The No. 25 Tulsa women's tennis squad extended its winning streak to six matches as the Golden Hurricane swept Houston, 7-0, Sunday, April 7, at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
The Hurricane took the doubles point, as junior Maria Sant'Anna and freshman Renata Kuricova took care of business on Court 3 defeating Gabriella Jansson and Dionne Sanders, 8-3. Junior Samantha Vickers and sophomore Isaura Enrique, ranked No. 19 in the country, defeated Rocio Martin and Charlotte Phillips, 8-5 at No. 1 doubles.
Sant'Anna defeated Jo Garvey, 6-1, 6-1, on Court 5, and freshman Carol Benito earned a 6-0, 6-0 triumph against Jansson to give TU a 3-0 lead.
Saarteinen clinched the match for TU with a 6-0, 6-0, win at No. 3 singles against Phillips.
On Court 4, Farley snared a 6-4, 6-0, victory against Sanders to push the TU advantage to 5-0.
Vickers, ranked No. 22 in the nation in singles, earned a 6-2, 6-3 win against Elena Kordolaimi at the No. 1 slot. Vickers is riding a 13-match winning streak.
Enrique finished the match off defeating Martin, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 2 singles to complete the Hurricane sweep.
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