The 16th-ranked Lady Vols tennis team completed a sweep of three SEC
foes this past weekend, placing itself among the conference elite.
On Friday, Tennessee knocked off No. 13 Auburn, 6-3 on the varsity courts.
On Saturday, No. 50 Mississippi State was the victim -- going down 5-1. On
Sunday, the Lady Vols made a clean sweep at home, blowing away No. 11 Ole
The impressive triad of victories improved Tennessee's record to 13-5
overall and 5-2 in the SEC.
The Lady Vols' win over Auburn last Friday was their fourth win against
five straight higher-ranked opponents.
Tennessee blew the meet open on the strength of wins in the top three
singles matches. Freshman No. 1 Margie Lepsi, sophomore No. 2 player
Melissa Zimpfer, and freshman Manisha Malhotra all dumped their opponents
in straight sets. Malhotra and Zimpfer combined to take the No. 1 doubles
match in straight sets as well.
With the loss, Auburn fell to 10-5 overall and 3-4 in the SEC.
On Saturday, Tennessee faced its 10th straight top 50 opponent when
Mississippi State traveled to town.
The Lady Vols clinched during the singles portion of the match, precluding
the need to play out the doubles competition.
Zimpfer, Malhotra, Emily Fisher (No. 3), Kristin Bachochin (No. 4), and Tu
Mai (No. 6) all defeated their opponents without the loss of a set.
Mississippi dropped to 8-6 overall and 1-5 in the SEC.
The Lady Vols could smell the sweep on Sunday, when their toughest opponent
of the weekend, Mississippi, traveled into Knoxville.
Again, Tennessee decided not to exert themselves -- deciding the match in
the singles portion.
The top five Lady Vols went on to victory, losing only one set among
The loss took Mississippi's record to 8-8 overall and 3-5 in the SEC.
The win was Tennessee's seventh in their last eight matches and their 12th
straight match against a top 50 opponent.
Unfortunately, it doesn't get any easier for the Lady Vols, as they host
the No. 1 team in the country in Georgia on Friday at the Varsity Courts.
Play is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. No. 12 South Carolina comes to town on
Saturday afternoon. Play on Saturday is also slated for 1:00.
In other UT news:
The baseball team will return to Lindsey Nelson Stadium this afternoon, as
they take on Western Carolina. The Catamounts are 24-15 on the season.
Scott Shroeffel (2-1) is scheduled to start. The first pitch is slated to
be thrown out at 7 p.m. Following this weekend's series loss to Alabama,
the Vols dropped in the polls. Tennessee is now ranked 13th by
Collegiate Baseball and 15th in Baseball America. The Vols
had been ranked 11 and 13 respectively.
A former Vol pitcher died Sunday in Brentwood. Ken Hudgens, a three-year
starter at second base from 1962-64, died April 9. Hudgens was the
Executive Director of the National Commodore Club at Vanderbilt. He had
been at Vanderbilt since 1973. Hudgens, a native of Chattanooga, batted
.310, .308, and .291 in his three years as a starter respectively He
received SEC All-Eastern Division honors in 1962 and played professionally
in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Hudgens earned both a bachelor's
and master's degree from Tennessee.
After Saturday's scrimmage, the Tennessee football team returned to the
practice field this week. The scrimmage did produce some injuries,
including: running back Jay Graham (knee) and linebacker Jessee Sanders
(knee). Both are expected to return to practice after a couple of days.
Spring practice is set to conclude on Saturday, April 22 with the Annual
Orange and White game. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available
at the Thompson-Boling Arena Ticket Office.
Lady Vols tennis team nets three big wins this weekend
Published: Wed Apr 12, 1995 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 12:50 p.m.