Tulsa Women's Tennis Travels To Husker State For NCAA Championship
May 8, 2013
TULSA TRAVELS TO HUSKER STATE TO COMPETE IN NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
The University of Tulsa women's tennis team, playing in its ninth NCAA Championship, will face UNLV on Friday, May 10, in Lincoln, Neb. The Golden Hurricane enters the match with a 19-6 record and an ITA ranking of 27, while UNLV holds a 19-7 ledger and an ITA ranking of 57. The victor from the TU-UNLV match will face the winner of Nebraska/Wichita State on Saturday, May 11 in a 2 p.m. tilt. Matches will take place at the Vince Street Courts, but will relocate to the Nebraska Tennis Center in case of adverse weather.
ABOUT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP:
First and second round regional action will be played May 10-12 at 16 campus sites. The later rounds as well as the individual singles and doubles tournament are set for May 16-27, to be hosted at the University of Illinois' Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex.
The First Serve
The Golden Hurricane is making its seventh straight appearance in the NCAA Championship, and its ninth in program history.
Tulsa's match against UNLV marks the first time the two have faced off since 2000, when the Hurricane dispatched the Lady Rebels, 5-4.
The Blue and Gold is looking to advance to the second-round for the fourth consecutive year in the NCAA Championship, and seeks its first ever appearance in the Round of 16.
Tulsa has won 10 of its past 11 contests heading into the NCAA Championship.
Samantha Vickers holds a 17-match winning streak in singles play, and has a 31-1 record this year. She is ranked No. 18 in the nation in singles, and was named the Conference USA Player of the Year for her efforts this season.
Samantha Vickers and Isaura Enrique are also riding a nine-match winning streak in doubles competition. The Tulsa tandem has picked up 11 wins against ranked opponents this season, and are ranked No. 15 in the country.
Samantha Vickers' 31 triumphs in singles play this year is tied for fourth most in school history. She tallied 32 wins a year ago.
ABOUT THE TEAMS:
UNLV: The No. 57-ranked Lady Rebels won the Mountain West Conference Championship to earn its 11th trip to the NCAA Championships. UNLV holds a 19-7 ledger this season. The Lady Rebels are paced by Aleksandra Josifoska and Lucia Batta, who both earned spots in the NCAA Division I Singles Championship.
Nebraska: The No. 16-ranked Huskers hold a 22-5 record this season and are the No. 15 seed in the NCAA Championship. This marks the first time in program history Nebraska has hosted the first and second rounds. The Huskers were the Co-Big Ten regular season champions, and are led by Mary Weatherholt, who is ranked No. 11 in this week's ITA singles rankings.
Wichita State: The Shockers enter the NCAA tournament after winning their fifth straight Missouri Valley Conference title. Wichita State holds a 15-10 record this season, and went a perfect 7-0 in the MVC. Tulsa dispatched WSU, 6-1, on January 31, at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
GREAT HOME COOKING
Tulsa is currently riding a 45-match win streak at the friendly confines of Michael D. 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 the 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 an outstanding 107-11 (.907) home record during his seven-plus seasons at the helm of the women's program.
Vickers, Enrique Earn Spots In NCAA Women's Tennis Championship
Vickers, ranked No. 17 in the nation, becomes the sixth player in school history to compete in the singles championship. She joins Anousjka van Exel (1998-99), Alicia Pillay (2002-03), Aleksandra Durska (2003), Daniela Muscolino (2004-05) and Anastasia Erofeeva (2012) as TU athletes to compete in the singles championship. Vickers earned Conference USA's automatic berth as she is the highest ranked player in the league as the junior holds a 31-3 record this season and is riding a 17 match winning streak in singles competition.
Vickers and Enrique also earned the league's automatic spot in the tournament as the TU tandem is ranked No. 15 nationally. The duo became the first doubles squad in school history to be named to the Conference USA First-Team All-Conference squad. Vickers and Enrique snared a 20-3 record this spring and a 33-4 overall record. The duo attained a school-high doubles ranking of No. 9 on Jan. 3, and totaled 11 triumphs against ranked opponents.
VICKERS NAMED C-USA WOMEN'S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Junior Samantha Vickers earned Tulsa's first Conference USA Women's Tennis Player of the Year accolade, while Vickers and sophomore Isaura Enrique were named to the All-C-USA Doubles First Team and picked up Doubles Team of the Championship honors.
Vickers, ranked No. 17 in singles competition, holds a 21-1 ledger this spring and a 31-3 record this season. She is riding a 17-match winning streak, and has 11 triumphs over ranked opponents, including a win over No. 18-ranked Jenny Jullien of Saint Mary's College. Vickers was named C-USA Player of the Week four times during the spring season.
This also marks the first time TU has had a doubles tandem named to the first-team all-conference squad. Vickers and Enrique snared a 20-3 record this spring and a 33-4 overall record. The duo attained a school-high doubles ranking of No. 9 on Jan. 3, and totaled 11 triumphs against ranked opponents. Vickers and Enrique are ranked No. 15 in the country in this week's ITA Rankings.
Vickers and Enrique also were named the Outstanding Doubles Team of the Championship after going 3-0 in the tournament. The pair collected victories wins over No. 71-ranked Courtney Collins and Kelly Gray of Memphis, and No. 20-ranked Natalie Beazant and Dominique Harmath of Rice
Also earning all-conference singles honors were Enrique and senior Michelle Farley.
Enrique, playing No. 2 singles for the Hurricane, earned an 11-8 record during the spring season. She won C-USA Player of the Week honors on April 2 after she led TU to a 4-3 win over No. 16 Notre Dame with a 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 win over Jennifer Kellner.
Farley earned a 17-6 record in the spring season in singles, including an 11-6 record at No. 3 singles for TU. She ended the regular season on a six-match winning streak, and was 9-1 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center this year.
BY THE SLIMMEST OF MARGINS
In TU's six losses this year, four of them have been by a 4-3 margin. TU also has four 4-3 wins this year.
Tulsa has faced 15 ranked foes this year, and has a 10-5 record against ranked opponents.
LAST TIME AGAINST THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT
UNLV (March 18, 2000)
Tulsa defeated UNLV, 5-4, at the Harwell Tennis Courts on The University of Tulsa campus on March 18, 2000.
Nebraska (March 11, 2012)
The tandem of Ewa Szatkowska and Anastasia Erofeeva knocked off the 23rd-ranked doubles team as the No. 30-ranked Tulsa women's tennis team dropped a 6-1 matchup against No. 32 Nebraska on March 11, 2012, at the Nebraska Tennis Center.
TU conceded the doubles point, and the Cornhuskers captured five of six singles matches.
Szatkowska and Erofeeva defeated Madeleine Geibert and Stefanie Weinstein 8-5 on the No. 1 doubles court. The loss was the first of the spring season for the Husker tandem, and it was also the first-career victory over a ranked doubles team for Szatkowska and Erofeeva.
Michelle Farley and Isaura Enrique dropped an 8-3 decision to Janine Weinrich and Jennifer Holmberg on the third court. Bonny Davidson and Samantha Vickers fell 8-2 to Patricia Veresova and Mary Weatherholt on the second court.
Weinreich, ranked No. 106 in the nation, defeated Davidson 6-2, 6-4 on the sixth court to open singles play, and Weinstein defeated Enrique 6-3, 6-1 at the fourth position.
Farley gave Tulsa its lone point of the match with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Izabella Zgierska at the fifth position.
Geibert ended Szatkowska's career-best eight-match win streak with a 6-4, 6-4 decision on the third court, and No. 55 Weatherholt topped No. 67 Vickers 6-3, 6-3 at the second flight.
Veresova ended the match with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 triumph over No. 82 Erofeeva at the top of the lineup.
Wichita State (January 31, 2013)
The No. 23-ranked Tulsa women's tennis team claimed a 6-1 victory over the Wichita State Shockers in a non-conference matchup on January 31, 2013, at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the TU campus.
The Hurricane jumped out to the early lead by capturing the doubles point as the No. 1 team of Samantha Vickers and Isaura Enrique, the nation's ninth-ranked doubles team, claimed an 8-2 victory and the freshman tandem of Renata Kuricova and Belen Rivera topped off the doubles point with an 8-4 win.
At No. 1 singles, Vickers won her match in quick fashion with a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Lucia Kovalova, while Kuricova gave the Hurricane a 3-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Julia Schiller at the No. 6 position.
Senior Michelle Farley sealed the team victory for the Hurricane at the No. 4 position with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Carla Venticinque to give the home team a 4-0 lead. Tulsa's Enrique defeated Wichita State's Rebecca Pedrazzi at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 4-6, and captured the tiebreaker in the final set.
Freshman Carol Benito was the next to finish her match at flight 5 giving the Hurricane a 6-0 lead. Benito had a relatively easy first set winning 6-3, then clinched the point 7-6 in the second set by winning with a 7-4 tiebreaker.
The final match of the day went three sets between Tulsa's Maria Sant'Anna and the Shockers' Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul, at flight three. Sant Anna lost the first set 6-7 against Mahajaroenkul, but came back strong in the second set with a 6-2 win. However, Mahajaroenkul grabbed the victory in the tiebreaker to prevent a Golden Hurricane sweep.
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