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No. 19 Women's Tennis Travels to Virginia for the Conference USA Championships

No. 19 University of Tulsa women's tennis team travels to Norfolk, Va., for the Conference USA Championships at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.
No. 19 University of Tulsa women's tennis team travels to Norfolk, Va., for the Conference USA Championships at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.
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April 16, 2014

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TULSA, Okla. - No. 19 University of Tulsa women's tennis team travels to Norfolk, Va., for the Conference USA Championships at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.

The No. 1 seed Golden Hurricane (15-4) received a double-bye in the quarterfinals and faces the winner of No. 8 seed UTSA and No. 9 seed Middle Tennessee on Friday at 1 p.m.

Tulsa has posted a 20-3 (.870) record in eight seasons in the conference championships and has posted a perfect 12-0 record as the No. 1 seed with four titles.

The Golden Hurricane moved up a spot from No. 20 to No. 19 in the International Tennis Association poll released on Tuesday. Freshman Yelena Nemchen enters the rankings to No. 116.

The Golden Hurricane enters the championships on a three-match winning streak with each opponent ranked in the top-50.

Tulsa defeated No. 38 Memphis 5-2 on Saturday. The Golden Hurricane won the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead, but the Tigers won the first two singles matches at the No. 5 and No. 1 singles position to take a 2-1 lead. The Hurricane won the last four matches with freshman Rongrong Leenabanchong's win clinched the match for TU.

Sophomore Renata Kuricova, who was named Conference USA Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week, led Tulsa last week with a 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 win at the No. 2 singles position to give the Hurricane a 3-2 lead and paired up with freshman Marcelina Cichon to win 8-1 to give the Golden Hurricane an early doubles lead.

Kuricova has posted a 51-16 (.761) career doubles record and a 40-17 (.782) career singles record, including a 21-7 record (.759) record in dual competition.

This season, Kuricova has posted a 27-5 (.844) doubles record, including an 11-1 record at the No. 3 doubles position and has posted a 22-9 (.710) singles record, including a 9-5 record in dual competition.

The Golden Hurricane has only lost four doubles point in 19 matches as Tulsa lost the doubles point to host No. 31 Oklahoma State, host No. 30 Purdue, host No. 16 California and host No. 49 Louisville.

Cichon has recorded 28 wins this season, which ranks tied for fourth most in school history by a freshman and ranks tied for 13th overall in school history. Cichon needs one win to tie for 10th most in school history.

The three freshmen of Cichon, Yelena Nemchen and Rongrong Leenabanchong have posted a combined record of 63-18 (.778), including a 31-9 (.775) record in dual competition.

Cichon has posted a 28-5 record this season, including a 17-2 record in dual competition, while Nemchen has posted a 16-6 record, including an 8-4 record in dual competition and Leenabanchong has posted a 18-7 record, including a 6-3 record in dual competition.

For all Tulsa women's tennis news and information, visit www.TulsaHurricane.com. Follow Tulsa Athletics on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/TulsaHurricane and Facebook at www.facebook.com/TulsaHurricane. Follow Tulsa Women's Tennis on Twitter (http://twitter.com/TulsaWTennis) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/TulsaWTennis).

Schedule

Wednesday, April 16

Match 1: (15) Tulane 4, (10) East Carolina 1

Match 2: (11) Southern Miss 4, (14) Charlotte 3

Match 3: (9) Middle Tennessee 4, (16) Florida Atlantic 1

Match 4: (12) UAB 4, (13) UTEP 2

Thursday, April 17

Match 5: (15) Tulane vs. (7) Old Dominion - 9 a.m.

Match 6: (11) Southern Miss vs. (6) FIU - 9 a.m.

Match 7: (9) Middle Tennessee vs. (8) UTSA - 1 p.m.

Match 8: (12) UAB vs. (5) Louisiana Tech - 1 p.m.

Friday, April 18

Match 9: winner of Match No. 5 vs. (2) Rice - 9 a.m.

Match 10: winner of Match No. 6 vs. (3) North Texas - 9 a.m.

Match 11: winner of Match No. 7 vs. (1) Tulsa - 1 p.m.

Match 12: winner of Match No. 8 vs. (4) Marshall - 1 p.m.

Saturday, April 19

Match 13: winner of Match No. 9 vs. winner of Match No. 10 - 11 a.m.

Match 14: winner of Match No. 11 vs. winner of Match No. 12 - 11 a.m.

Sunday, April 20

Match 15: winner of Match No. 13 vs. winner of March No. 14 - 9 a.m.

*All times are central