Women's Tennis Enters Conference USA Tournament As A Three Seed|
April 17, 2007
TULSA, Okla. - The Marshall Thundering Herd women's tennis team enters the 2007 C-USA Women's Tennis Championship as the number three seed, and will receive a bye into the quarterfinals, which begin on Friday. Marshall will play the winner of the #6 UTEP/#11 Memphis first round match, which takes place Thursday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa.
The Herd, number 63 in the latest ITA/FILA Rankings, is the number three seed after finishing the regular season at 14-11. Marshall is one of only two schools in the conference to have not played a league opponent on it spring schedule. The Herd is led by Kellie Schmitt (Pittsburgh, Pa.), who is 18-6 on the year and ranked No. 79 in the latest FILA/ITA rankings. Marshall will battle the winner of No. 6 UTEP and No. 11 Memphis on Friday at 2 p.m. CT.
In last year's tournament, the #2-seeded Herd were upset by #7 Rice, 4-3, in the quarterfinals.
Tulsa enters the tournament ranked #44 in the ITA/FILA Rankings has won nine of its last 12 matches, with the three losses all coming against ranked opponents. The Golden Hurricane is 18-4 this spring. Tulsa will play the winner of No. 8 UCF and No. 9 East Carolina on Friday at 10 a.m. CT.
Led by first-year interim head coach Lauren Longbotham, No. 52 SMU earned the No. 2 and a first-round bye. The Mustangs are 19-4 this spring and enter the championship on an 11-match winning streak. SMU will face the winner of No. 7 Houston and No. 10 Rice on Friday at 2 p.m. CT.
UAB grabbed the No. 4 seed for the second consecutive year and will play No. 5 Southern Miss on Friday at 10 a.m. CT. The teams just met last Sunday with UAB grabbing the 4-3 win. Southern Miss (16-4, 2-2) received its first-ever national ranking last week, debuting at No. 74 after jumping out to the best start in school history at 16-3. Stephanie Dellocono leads the Golden Eagles with a 16-2 record, going 11-1 at the No. 4 position, while Julia von Samson paces UAB with a 12-0 record. The Blazers are 14-1 on the year, the best winning percentage of all league schools.
This year's field is strong and boasts a combined record of 142-83. Seven of the teams sport a .600 winning percentage or better, including four with a percentage better than .800, led by UAB. Nine of the 11 programs have won at least 10 matches with four winning 18 or more.
The 2007 C-USA Women's Tennis Championship gets underway on Thursday, April 19, with three first-round matches beginning at 10 a.m. CT. The quarterfinals are slated for Friday, April 21, beginning at 10 a.m. CT, while the semifinals will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. CT, followed by the championship match on Sunday also at 10 a.m. CT. All matches will be held at the Case Tennis Center, while two banks of courts will be used simultaneously throughout the championship.
The championship winner receives Conference USA's automatic bid to the 2007 NCAA Women's Tennis Championship May 17-28 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia.