Green Wave lose 4-3 to ULM but defeat Rhode Island 4-0
NEW ORLEANS – The No. 40 Tulane women’s tennis team (17-5) split their Saturday doubleheader, dropping a tight 4-3 battle to Louisiana Monroe (8-1), before bouncing back with a dominant 4-0 shutout over Rhode Island (4-10). Both junior Sade Atkinson and freshman Ivone Alvaro went 2-0 on the day in singles.
“We knew coming in that ULM was a good team and right outside the top-50 visible rankings. We knew we would be pushed from the start to the end,” Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. “The one thing ULM did better than us today was making tactical adjustments inside the sets. They did a good job of staying on us. Do I think we should have won it, sure, because we had some opportunities on some of the courts. Credit to them to sticking to their game plan.”
In the morning match vs ULM, the Green Wave won the doubles point but later fell behind 2-1 after Warhawk victories on courts one and six. Atkinson evened the score with a 6-3, 6-1, win over Patricia Villar on court three. Alvaro then evened the score again at 3-3 after a 6-3, 6-3, win vs Karolina Snita on court four.
On the deciding court five, Petra Horakova took the first set 6-4, but Elena Muller jumped out to a 5-3 lead in the second set. However, Horakova rode a momentum swing into a 7-5 second set clinch for ULM.
Yet, the Olive and Blue immediately retaliated in their afternoon match vs Rhode Island. Tulane captured the doubles point in a quick 24 minutes. More impressively, Atkinson followed suit by winning her singles match, 6-0, 6-0, in 35 minutes.
Christina Sisti won her team leading 14th dual victory with a 6-0, 6-2, victory on court six. Alvaro then clinched with a 6-2, 6-1, victory on court four to improve to 13-5 this spring.
“I told the girls you have to get past the ULM loss,” Sisk added. “They did a great job of that. They played a really quick doubles point with a lot of energy and intensity. Then we jumped on them in singles and never looked back. That’s what it’s about, the resiliency in tennis. You have to have a short memory and keep moving forward.”
Up next, Tulane hits the road to Louisiana Lafayette on Tuesday, March 21, at 3:30 p.m. CT.
GREEN WAVE RESULTS
ULM 4, #40 Tulane 3
Singles competition – 1, 6, 3, 2, 4, 5
1. Andrei, Stefana (ULM) def. Naz Karagoz (TLN) 6-0, 6-3
2. Mylonas, Tiffany (ULM) def. Kyla Klier (TLN) 6-2, 6-1
3. Sade Atkinson (TLN) def. Villar, Patricia (ULM) 6-3, 6-1
4. Ivone Alvaro (TLN) def. Snita, Karolina (ULM) 6-3, 6-3
5. Horakova, Petra (ULM) def. Elena Muller (TLN) 6-4, 7-5
6. Grigoriu, Madalina (ULM) def. Christina Sisti (TLN) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition – 2, 1, 3
1. Andrei, Stefana/Horakova, Petra (ULM) def. #76 Naz Karagoz/Elena Muller (TLN) 6-4
2. Sade Atkinson/Ivone Alvaro (TLN) def. Grigoriu, Madalina/Snita, Karolina (ULM) 6-0
3. Christina Sisti/Kyla Klier (TLN) def. Mylonas, Tiffany/Stanciu, Luana (ULM) 7-5
#40 Tulane 4, Rhode Island 0
Singles competition – 3, 6, 4
1. Naz Karagoz (TLN) vs. Mihaela Codreanu (URI) 6-3, 2-0, unfinished
2. Kyla Klier (TLN) vs. Rachel Smilansky (URI) 6-4, 0-1, unfinished
3. Sade Atkinson (TLN) def. Ariel Haber (URI) 6-0, 6-0
4. Ivone Alvaro (TLN) def. Emily Zargham (URI) 6-2, 6-1
5. Elena Muller (TLN) vs. Tiara Higuchi (URI) 6-6, unfinished
6. Christina Sisti (TLN) def. Jordan Rucks (URI) 6-0, 6-2
Doubles competition – 1, 3
1. #76 Naz Karagoz/Elena Muller (TLN) def. Rachel Smilansky/Ariel Haber (URI) 6-1
2. Ivone Alvaro/Sade Atkinson (TLN) vs. Mihaela Codreanu/Tiara Higuchi (URI) 5-2, unfinished
3. Kyla Klier/Christina Sisti (TLN) def. Emily Zargham/Nicole Legler (URI) 6-2