SAMFORD WOMEN'S TENNIS TO BEGIN THREE-MATCH HOMESTAND AGAINST SOUTHERN MISS
--- The Bulldogs enter the non-conference showdown with a 3-0 record at home this season ---
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- The Samford University women's tennis team will attempt to extend its home winning streak to four-consecutive matches Saturday as the Bulldogs welcome the Southern Miss Golden Eagles to the Samford Tennis Center for an early-season, non-conference matchup.
Samford (4-2) heads into the contest looking to bounce back from a hard-fought 5-2 loss at No. 68 Mississippi State on Thursday. In the defeat, the Bulldogs' Taylor Morgan and Rebecca Kirven both registered straight-set victories in singles play.
Morgan, the Bulldogs' talented junior from Jacksonville, Fla., knocked off Mississippi State's Olesya Tsigvintseva 6-4, 6-4, in the No. 1 singles competition, while Kirven cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Danielle Terpko on court No. 6. With the win, Kirven remained undefeated on the season and improved her team-best record to 6-0 in 2010.
Samford owns an unblemished 3-0 record at home this season. The Bulldogs opened the year with consecutive victories against Charlotte 7-0, Columbus State 6-1 and Jacksonville State 7-0. The Bulldogs' only losses this year occurred at Memphis 4-2 and at No. 68 Mississippi State 5-2.
Southern Miss (3-2) has earned wins against Alcorn State 7-0, Prairie View A&M 7-0 and Lamar 5-2 this season. On Friday, the Golden Eagles were hosting their first home match of the season with a non-conference duel with Texas Tech.
Already this season, Southern Miss has played at 25th-ranked Alabama, No. 23-ranked Ole Miss and at Alcorn State. The Golden Eagles were defeated by both Alabama 6-1 and Ole Miss 7-0, but ended their season-opening losing streak with a victory against Alcorn State on Feb. 7.
Following Saturday's home match against Southern Miss, the Samford women's tennis team will next be in action Wednesday at 2 p.m. (CST) as the Bulldogs continue their three-match homestand versus cross-town rival UAB at the Samford Tennis Center.