Tennis ready for C-USA Championship
University of Memphis graduate student Tiffany Welcher and the women’s tennis team play in the quarterfinal round of the C-USA Tournament in Houston, Texas today. photo By Joe Murphy | special to the daily helmsman
After a first round bye, the University of Memphis women's tennis team steps onto the court this afternoon to begin play in the Conference USA championships.
The four-day event got underway Thursday in the Lone Star state at the John E. Hoff Tennis Courts. The No. 10 seed University of Houston Cougars are the tournament host.
The Tigers received the No. 3 spot in the tournament behind No.1 Rice and No. 2 Tulsa. All three teams received first round byes. After the loss to Tulsa this past weekend, the Tigers fell in the national rankings released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Tuesday from No. 28 to No. 33, while Rice held the No. 20 slot and Tulsa climbed from No. 26 to No. 24.
The loss against Tulsa marked the second time the Tigers fell to the Golden Hurricanes this season.
Head coach Lee Taylor Walker said Memphis and Tulsa are familiar with each other's style of play, but said his Tigers are deeper and plan to take advantage of this strength in the tournament.
"Tulsa is a great team and we always have hard-fought matches against them," Walker said. "Our girls are resilient and we feel very good about playing Tulsa outside at a neutral facility."
The Tigers face the winner of match five between the No. 11 seed East Carolina Pirates and No. 6 seed University of Central Florida Knights in the quarterfinals today at 2 p.m. If the Tigers win, they advance to the semifinals Saturday at 2 p.m.
Walker said it is going to take a lot of discipline and a relaxed and positive attitude on every point to win the C-USA Tournament.
Graduate student Tiffany Welcher, sophomore Alyssa Hibberd and freshman Caroline Wegner are all playing at a very high level right now, "which is a strength the Tigers bring into the tournament," Walker said.
"We have one or two players not as confident as them, but I think they will step up this weekend and contribute with a great attitude regardless of their play," he said.
The tournament format is single elimination for teams. The championship match is set for Sunday at 10 a.m.
The men's tennis team, host of the men's C-USA Tournament, faces the No. 7 seed University of Alabama at Birmingham today at 2 p.m. at Memphis University School. If the Tigers win, they play Saturday at noon in the semifinal round.
The championship match is slated for Sunday at 12 p.m. and admission is free. Live results for both the men and women's tournaments are located on the C-USA website.
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
From Around the Web
More The Daily Helmsman News Articles
Recent The Daily Helmsman News Articles
Discuss This Article
MOST POPULAR THE DAILY HELMSMAN
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER
LATEST THE DAILY HELMSMAN NEWS
- Former U of M Vice President accused of lies
- University and ex-employee make final arguments in termination appeal
- Songwriter journeys from Tennessee to California
- Holiday weather brings yuletide death
- Lynch makes leap in record-setting season
- More college students linger after four-year mark
- Dog fighting on the rise in Memphis
RECENT THE DAILY HELMSMAN CLASSIFIEDS
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- The Need for Voluntary Insurance Is on the Rise
- How to Be More Productive During Your Business Flights
- It's Never too Late to Start Living Healthy
- Revive tus objetivos de verte saludable en 2015
- Debunking Common Tax-Filing Myths
- With Help From Chile, Blueberries Stay Fresh All Winter
- Small Fixtures Make a Big Design Impact
- Keeping the Workplace in Proper Alignment
- 5 Seasonal Invaders and How to Keep Them Out in the Cold
- Not Just a Man's World, Female Entrepreneurs Are Making...
COLLEGE PRESS RELEASES
- ASCO Numatics Announces 2015 Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarships
- Coffee Club Goes Viral With Members Earning Free Starbucks Cards
- UniversitySpot.com Introduces Extensive, Curated List of Free Online Courses for Winter 2015
- NEEBO COLLEGE TEXTBOOK SAVINGS TIP: SELL EARLY, BUY EARLY AND SAVE BIG
- Draper University's Tim Draper Hosts YouNoodle Live Featuring Student Entrepreneurs From Around The World