Kuykendall

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- No. 3 seed Memphis earned its first NCAA tournament win in program history after a 4-1 victory against No. 2 Florida State in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday.

The Lady Tigers got out to a 1-0 start after picking up two wins in doubles play. The No. 64 team of Stefanie Mikesz and Caroline Wegner rallied from a 3-1 deficit to take an 8-6 decision against Kerrie Cartwright and Kristina Schleich as No. 3. Memphis clinched the point after Tiffany Welcher and Alyssa Hibberd defeated Daneika Borthwick and Francesca Segarelli 8-5 at No. 1.

Memphis carried its strong play into singles as Skylar Kuykendall won her 28th match of the season with a 6-0, 6-1 win against Mia Vriens at No. 3. Florida State got on the board as Amy Sargeant defeated Liza Tymchenko, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 4 to make it 2-1. No. 55 Courtney Collins answered for the Lady Tigers with a 6-3, 6-2 victory versus No. 62 Borthwick at No. 1 for a 3-1 advantage.

After pulling out a tight 6-4 win in the first set, Welcher cruised with a 6-1 second set victory against No. 83 Segarelli to give Memphis the win.