No. 23 Tulsa Women's Tennis To Face Wichita State, Rice

Go C-USA! Samantha Vickers
Samantha Vickers

Jan. 31, 2013


The No. 23 Tulsa women’s tennis team will play two home matches this weekend before hitting the road for 10 of its next 11 matches. TU will host Wichita State on Thursday, in a 4 p.m. match at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center. The Golden Hurricane will cap off the weekend facing Rice, ranked No. 32 in the nation, in a 10 a.m. matinee on Sunday.


Tulsa will face 13 ranked foes this year, including nine in its first 12 matches of the season. TU will face four ranked foes at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in No. 62 Wichita State, No. 29 Rice, No. 19 Notre Dame and No. 58 Memphis.


Clemson (Jan. 26, 2013)

The No. 24 Tulsa women's tennis team suffered its first setback of the spring campaign with a 4-0 decision to No. 20 Clemson on Saturday during the first round of National Indoors.

The Golden Hurricane (2-1) fell behind 1-0 after dropping the double point. Senior Michelle Farleyand freshman Saana Saarteinen lost an 8-1 decision at No. 2 doubles, while the freshman doubles duo of Belen Rivera and Renata Kuricova fell at No. 3 doubles, 8-6, to Clemson's Beatrice Gumulay and Anne-Liz Jeukeng.

At No. 3 singles, Farley fell to Gumulya 6-3, 6-3, while at No. 5 singles Benito fell to Romy Koelzer 6-2, 7-6 (7-1). The Tigers clinched the match at the No. 4 flight as Tristen Dewar defeated Saarteinen 6-3, 6-2.



Memphis (Jan. 27, 2013)

The No. 24 Tulsa women's tennis team rallied to defeat No. 52 Memphis in a 4-3 thriller at the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility on Sunday.

The Golden Hurricane (3-1) fell behind 1-0 after conceding the doubles point to Memphis. TU lost the point 2-1, as the Hurricane's lone win came at No. 1 doubles, where No. 9 ranked Samantha Vickers and Isaura Enrique defeated No. 18 Courtney Collins and Kelly Gray, 8-4.

In singles, Tulsa was down 2-0 as freshman Renata Kuricova lost at the No. 6 flight by a count of 6-3, 6-1. The Hurricane rallied to knot the match at two apiece as Vickers and freshman Saana Saarteinen picked up wins at the Nos. 1 and 4 flights, respectively. Vickers, ranked No. 124 in the nation in singles, defeated Collins 6-1, 6-1, while Saarteinen took down Alyssa Hibberd 6-2, 6-3. 

After freshman Carol Benito lost at No. 5 singles, Enrique won her match at No. 2 singles over Stefanie Mikesz, 6-3, 6-1, to tie the match at three. Then it came down to No. 3 singles, where senior Michelle Farley won the match for TU with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, triumph over Liza Tymchenko.


Tulsa is currently riding a 37-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 also holds a perfect 2-0 record at home this year. 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 98-11 (.900) home record during his seven-plus seasons at the helm of the women’s program.


After this weekend, TU will play ten of its next 11 contests on the road, with the lone home match being against South Alabama on March 3. During the stretch, TU will play at Kansas State, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, SMU, North Texas, Saint Marys and San Francisco. In addition, the Hurricane will face Ohio State in Fayetteville, Ark.


The University of Tulsa is one of 16 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 is ranked 22nd in the nation, while the women’s is ranked 23rd.

On The Web:

For all Tulsa Women's tennis news and information, visit Follow Tulsa Athletics on Twitter at and Facebook at Follow Tulsa Women's Tennis on Twitter ( and Facebook (

More Headlines

Shop Now at the Official Online Store