No. 24 Tulsa Women's Tennis Looks To Defend Conference USA Title This Weekend In Houston
April 18, 2013
TULSA LOOKS TO DEFEND TITLE AT CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIP
The University of Tulsa women's tennis team looks to win its fourth straight Conference USA Championship at the 2013 Conference USA Championship, April 18-21, at the John E. Hoff Tennis Courts in Houston, Texas. The Golden Hurricane enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed, and after a first round bye will face the No. 7 seed Marshall. First serve is set for 2 p.m. on Friday, April 19.
FOLLOWING THE MATCH
Live scoring of all the TU matches during the 2013 Conference USA Women's Tennis Championship can be found on TulsaHurricane.com. In addition, fans can keep track of the matches on Twitter @TulsaWTennis.
The First Serve
• TU has won five Conference USA Championships, including three straight titles, and has an 18-2 record in tournament matches.
• Samantha Vickers is riding a 15-match winning streak in singles play, and has a 29-3 record this year. She is ranked No. 14 in the nation in singles.
• The Golden Hurricane is riding a eight match winning streak heading into this weekend's tournament
• Since 2010, Tulsa is 24-0 in the month of April.
• Samantha Vickers' 29 triumphs in singles play this year are tied for the 10th most in school history. She tallied 32 wins a year ago.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
The 2013 Conference USA Women's Tennis Championship will take place at the John E. Hoff Tennis Courts, located on the University of Houston Campus. Live scoring will be available on TulsaHurricane.com. TU was one of three teams to receive a first-round bye in the 11-team tournament.
HEADING INTO THE TOURNAMENT
The Golden Hurricane enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed, as Rice secured a higher ITA Ranking this week. TU is one of five C-USA teams ranked in the ITA Rankings, as Rice is No. 20, Tulsa is No. 24, Memphis is No. 33, Tulane is No. 56 and SMU is No. 51.
TULSA IN THE C-USA CHAMPIONSHIP
Tulsa has won the past three C-USA titles, and five of the past six championships. The last time TU was a No. 2 seed was in 2010, when it won the first of three-straight championships defeating No. 4 Marshall, 4-1, at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
The University of Tulsa is one of 12 schools in the country to have both men's and women's tennis programs ranked in the top-25 in the ITA Team Rankings. The men's squad checked in at No. 23, while the women's team is No. 24.
GREAT HOME COOKING
Tulsa is currently riding a 45-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. Tulsa kept the streak this year going 11-0, with four wins against top-50 teams. 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 107-11 (.907) home record during his seven-plus seasons at the helm of the women's program.
LAST TIME OUT:
UT-Arlington (April 12, 2013)
The No. 26 Tulsa women's tennis squad swept UT-Arlington, 7-0, April 12, at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center
Tulsa won all three doubles tilts, as Farley and freshman Saana Saarteinen defeated Verena Scott and Giada D'Ortona, 8-0, on Court 2. On Court 1, junior Samantha Vickers and sophomore Isaura Enrique dispatched Brook Dennis and Elizabeth Thoms, 8-3. The win marked the 29th of the season for the TU tandem, who are ranked No. 18 in the country. Junior Maria Sant'Anna and freshman Renata Kuricova sealed the deal with an 8-2 triumph over Christine Foote and Katarina Dikosavljevic on Court 3.
In singles play, Vickers, ranked No. 18 in the nation, extended her winning streak to 14 matches as she defeated Dikosavljevic, 6-1, 6-1, on Court 1.
Sant'Anna extended TU's lead to 3-0 after defeating Foote, 6-0, 6-2, at the No. 5 slot.
Enrique clinched the match for the Hurricane with a 6-3, 6-1, triumph over D'Ortona at No. 2 singles.
On Court 3, Saarteinen dispatched Dennis, 6-3, 6-4, while Kuricova earned a 6-4, 4-6, 10-6 win at No. 6 against Scott.
Farley wrapped things for the Hurricane with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) victory against Thoms at No. 4 singles.
No. 28 Memphis (April 14, 2013)
Senior Michelle Farley's triumph on Court 3 clinched a 4-2 victory for the No. 26 Tulsa women's tennis squad against No. 28 Memphis, Sunday, at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
Farley's 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, win against UM's Liza Tymchenko extended TU's winning streak to eight and its home match winning streak to 45 matches.
The triumph for the Golden Hurricane (17-5) marked its second over the Tigers (16-5) this season as TU defeated Memphis, 4-3, during an ITA Kick-Off Weekend consolation match on Jan. 27.
Freshman Reanta Kuricova and junior Maria Sant'Anna dispatched 59th-ranked Caroline Wegner and Stefanie Mikesz, 8-3. After Memphis won on court two, all eyes turned to the top court where No. 18 Samantha Vickers and Isaura Enrique faced No. 65 Kelly Gray and Courtney Collins. After falling behind 3-1, the TU tandem stormed back to take an 8-4 win to give the Hurricane the doubles point.
Memphis evened the match at 1-1 after winning on Court 5, but Vickers, ranked No. 18 in singles play, defeated No. 44 Collins, 6-2, 6-3, to propel TU to a 2-1 lead. Vickers has won 15 straight singles matches.
The Tigers tied the match at two-all, but the Hurricane took the next two points to take the match. Saarteinen gave TU a 3-2 advantage with a 6-3, 6-3, win over Skylar Kuykendall.
Farley proceeded to clinch the match for the Golden Hurricane on her Senior Day.
VICKERS NAMED C-USA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tulsa junior Samantha Vickers was named Conference USA Women's Tennis Player of the Week, the league announced on April 16, for the week of April 8-14.
Vickers is currently riding a 15-match winning streak in singles competition. She owns a 29-3 record this season, including a 19-1 record during the spring campaign. Her 29 wins are already tied for the ninth most in school history.
In a 4-2 win over then No. 28 Memphis on Sunday, she teamed up with Isaura Enrique for an 8-4 win over No. 65 Kelly Gray and Courtney Collins at No. 1 doubles. The triumph marked the sixth win in a row for the duo and their ninth win against a ranked opponent this year. Vickers also earned a 6-2, 6-3, win against Collins as she picked up her 10th win of the year against a ranked opponent. She started the weekend off with a 6-1, 6-2, singles win against Katarina Dikosavljevic of UT-Arlington Friday as the Golden Hurricane swept the Mavericks.
This is Vickers' fourth weekly honor of the season and seventh for her career. This also marks the fifth time TU has earned the award this year, as Enrique was named Player of the Week on April 2.
LAST TIME AGAINST THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT
Marshall (April 7, 2012)
The No. 26-ranked University of Tulsa women's tennis team took down No. 74 Marshall 6-1 at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center in Louisville, Ky.
The Golden Hurricane won its 15th-straight match in Conference USA play, while the Thundering Herd (11-9, 1-1) has now lost three of its last four matches.
Marshall was the aggressor early, as the Thundering Herd swept the doubles point.
The No. 69-ranked doubles pair of Anastasia Erofeeva and Ewa Szatkowska lost 8-4 to Ellie Ball and Kara Kucin at the top of the lineup. Bonny Davidson and Samantha Vickers lost 8-4 to Karlyn Timko and Kai Broomfield from the second position.
Tulsa flipped the entire match around during singles play, as the team won all six singles matches in straight sets.
No. 75 Vickers put TU on the board with a 6-0, 6-1 decision over Kucin on the second court. Farley topped Timko 6-1, 6-1 at the fifth position, and freshman Isaura Enrique took down Koprcina 6-2, 6-4 at the fourth flight.
No. 83-ranked Erofeeva clinched the team victory after she defeated Voscekova 6-1, 6-1 at the top of the lineup.
Szatkowska and Sant'Anna ended play with identical 6-4, 6-4 victories over Ball and Broomfield at the third and sixth courts, respectively.
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