Women's Tennis Defeats No. 23 Fresno State, 5-4
Team effort keys victory over ranked opponent.


Feb. 17, 2000

NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane women's tennis team used a complete team effort to hold off 23rd-ranked Fresno State, 5-4, Thursday afternoon at Goldring Tennis Stadium.

After winning four of the six singles matches, Tulane needed a victory in one of the doubles matches to earn the victory. With the No. 1 team of Anna Monhartova/Jessica Kessler, down, 2-7, and the No. 3 team of Julie Morris/Anneli Axsater defeated, 4-8, Maiko Cook and Olga Mikhailova stepped up and took an 8-3 decision over Renee Kop-Jones and Kim Niggemeyer.

Tulane jumped out to an early lead on the strength of its singles play, as Axsater and Kessler opened play with a pair of straight-set victories. Monhartova, the Green Wave's No. 1 player, followed with a straight-sets win over Kim Niggemeyer, 7-5, 6-3, before Morris won the crucial match at No. 3 singles, downing Ewa Grusiecka in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-0.

In all, six of the seven players on the Tulane roster earned a point in the win. The victory raised the Tulane record to 4-2, while Fresno State dropped to 0-3.


No. 1 - Anna Monhartova (Tulane) def. Kim Niggemeyer (Fresno State), 7-5, 6-3

No. 2 - Kandiss Creighton (Fresno State) def. Maiko Cook (Tulane), 6-4, 7-5

No. 3 - Julie Morris (Tulane) def. Ewa Grusiecka (Fresno State), 6-4, 3-6, 6-0

No. 4 - Anneli Axsater (Tulane) def. Kelly Ramirez (Fresno State), 6-3, 6-0

No. 5 - Jessica Kessler (Tulane) def. Chantel Wiggins (Fresno State), 6-0, 6-0

No. 6 - Anke Beier (Fresno State) def. Molly Rollauer (Tulane), 6-3, 7-5


No. 1 - Creighton/Leisl Fichtbauer (Fresno State) def. Monhartova/ Kessler (Tulane), 8-2

No. 2 - Cook/Olga Mikhailova (Tulane) def. Renee Kop-Jones/ Niggemeyer (Fresno State), 8-3

No. 3 - Wiggins/ Beier (Fresno State) def. Morris/ Axsater (Tulane), 8-4