Alisa Diercksen

Freshman Alisa Diercksen during ECU Women's Tennis game against Grand Valley State.

The East Carolina University women’s tennis team prepares to hit the road, traveling to Memphis, Tennessee, to face two American Athletic Conference opponents in the University of Memphis on Friday, then Tulane University on Saturday.

According to head coach Tom Morris, the team is excited heading into its matches this weekend, and feel like it’s ready to take on the bulk of conference play.

“These conference matches are very important,” Morris said. “Most of these teams will push us hard and will be good matches, but we feel like we are prepared for them.”

The Pirates (10-4, 1-1 AAC) are on a four-game win streak after an impressive spring break road trip, where they went 4-1. The team started the trip last week with a loss to AAC opponent, the University of Central Florida (4-0) on March 4. They bounced back, going 4-0 over the remaining trip with wins against Sacred Heart University (7-0) and St. Cloud State University (6-1) in a double header on March 5, then Grand Valley State University (7-0) and Hampton College (6-1) in a double header on March 7.

The matches this weekend offer an opportunity for the Pirates to improve their conference standing heading into the second half of the season. The team has proven it can handle back to back matches, going undefeated in the three doubleheaders has played in so far. The team says it is ready for not only the matches this weekend, but for the rest of the conference matches coming up as well.

“We want to do really well in our conference, so I think these matches fell a little more important,” senior Sarah Sarjoo said. “We have worked really hard throughout the semester, and we are ready to play them.”

Owning a better overall and conference record than both Memphis (8-7 overall, 0-3 AAC) and Tulane (7-7 overall, 0-0 AAC), the Pirates should enter the weekend with an advantage in confidence from their four-game win streak, compared to both Memphis and Tulane who are on two and three-game losing streaks respectively.

“I think we are all pretty confident right now,” sophomore Nastja Rettich said. “I feel like we played really well last week, and even though we lost to UCF, I think our play was still good and we are ready for Memphis and Tulane.”

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