April 13, 2011
NEW ORLEANS -
The Tulane University women's tennis team will look to continue building momentum for the upcoming Conference USA Championship when the Green Wave play host to league rival Southern Miss on Thursday, April 14, at the Goldring Tennis Center. First serve is slated for 2 p.m. and admission is free.
The Green Wave enter the mid-week matchup 9-10 on the year, 1-1 in conference play, and fresh off a 5-2 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday in New Orleans. Thursday's match is the second of a three-game Green Wave homestand as Tulane will close out the 2010-11 regular season against South Alabama on April 17 before heading to Orlando, Fla., for the C-USA Championship on April 21.
As a team, Tulane is 122-87 in singles action and 56-43 in doubles play, including marks of 64-49 and 24-26 in singles and doubles during dual-match action, respectively. Junior Mariam Kurdadze and sophomore Emma Levy lead the team with identical 20-13 overall records and also sport team-best 12-7 marks so far during the spring. The Green Wave pair are two of six players to feature double-digit singles wins on the year as junior Lindsay Dvorak is 17-11 and sophomore Hila Elster is 17-13 while Emma Helistén has 10 victories and Elizabeth Hamlin has 10.
In doubles play, the tandem of Kurdadze and Levy led the Wave with a 19-12 overall mark and are tied for the team lead with eight dual-match wins. Elster and Hamlin, meanwhile, are 15-9 overall, including a team-best 8-5 mark.
Southern Miss, meanwhile, comes to town 8-12 on the year, 2-4 in C-USA play and looking to bounce back from a 5-2 loss at Memphis on April 10.
As a team, the Golden Eagles are 72-107 in singles action and 42-41 in doubles play for the year while sporting a 46-73 singles mark and a 33-26 doubles record during the spring season. Stephanie Dellocono and Zoe Lee share the Southern Miss team lead with 11 singles wins each while Dellocono and Asa Bengtson each have eight dual-match singles victories.
The tandem of Bengston and Elja van Berlo lead the Golden Eagles doubles teams with an 11-7 overall record and are 8-4 during the spring season. The bulk of their doubles dual-match wins have come at the No. 2 spot in the lineup where the pair is 7-3. Lee and Shannon Rogers are next with a 7-6 overall doubles mark, including a 7-5 mark in dual-match action.
Following Tulane's final two regular-season contests, the Green Wave will open play in the 2011 C-USA Women's Tennis Championship in Orlando, Fla. The seedings and tournament bracket will be announced early next week and the winner of the four-day event will receive the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.