Pirates Blanked By Tulane In First Round Of C-USA Championships

Melis Tanik

April 16, 2014

NORFOLK, Va. - Tulane used three two-set singles wins and a match-clinching three-set battle to post a 4-0 first-round victory over East Carolina Wednesday morning, eliminating the Pirates from the 2014 Conference USA Women's Tennis Championship Tournament at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.

The 15th-seeded Green Wave (5-19), who snapped an 11-match losing streak with the triumph, will advance to the second round where they will meet No. 7 Old Dominion on Thursday. No. 10 ECU closed out its season with a 12-11 record.

Tulane's Meredith Maltby opened the action by downing Emily Groeneveld 6-2, 6-1 in a No. 4 meeting before Klara Vyskocilova extended the cushion to 2-0 by handing Michelle Castro a 6-3, 6-2 setback at No. 1.

After Jacqui Katz dismissed the Pirates' Maria Storozheva 6-4, 6-4 in a No. 3 battle for a 3-0 lead, the Green Wave clinched the team victory at No. 2 when Ipek Birol outlasted Melis Tanik 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.

The No. 5 and No. 6 singles matches featuring ECU's Nicole LaDuca and Dana Gray against Tulane's Margaux Hyman and Emily Dvorak, respectively, were discontinued once the Green Wave secured the victory with their fourth point, per tournament policy.

C-USA also elected to reverse the traditional doubles-first format for the second-straight year, using pairs play only in the event of a 3-3 deadlock at the completion of singles action.

Singles Play
No. 1 - Klara Vyskocilova (TLN) def. Michelle Castro (ECU) 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 - Ipek Birol (TLN) def. Melis Tanik (ECU) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
No. 3 - Jacqui Katz (TLN) def. Maria Storozheva (ECU) 6-4, 6-4
No. 4 - Meredith Maltby (TLN) def. Emily Groeneveld (ECU) 6-2, 6-1
No. 5 - Nicole LaDuca (ECU) vs. Margaux Hyman (TLN) 4-6, 3-4, did not finish
No. 6 - Dana Gray (ECU) vs. Emily Dvorak (TLN) 7-5, 1-0, did not finish
Doubles play was not conducted
Team Records: Tulane 5-19, East Carolina 12-11