OXFORD, Miss.- Just beating the heavy rains, which loomed over the match

the entire afternoon, the Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team dropped a 5-4

decision to 17th-ranked Ole Miss on Friday afternoon in Oxford, Miss.

Following the setback, Tennessee drops to 13-10 on the campaign and an even

4-4 in the SEC, while the Lady Rebels improve to 13-6 overall and 5-3 in

the conference.

After dropping the first set of her match with Mariana Eberle at the third

singles hole, 4-6, freshman Vilmarie Castellvi (Guaynabo, P.R.) showed

perseverance in rallying to deadlock her contest at a set apiece with a

6-4, second-set victory.

In the third set, trailing 4-3, the Tennessee freshman once again shook off

adversity to pull ahead 5-4 with wins in consecutive games. Castellvi then

won the match when Eberle's shot failed to clear the net.

Continuing her scorching play on the afternoon was freshman Crystal

Cleveland (Delray Beach, Fla.), who registered her 10th-consecutive triumph

with a 7-6, 7-5, victory over Irena Mihailova at the sixth singles

position. With the win, Cleveland is now 5-1 in conference singles matches

this season.

In doubles, the tandem of senior Candy Reid and sophomore Agnes Wiski

withheld a late rally from the Ole Miss tandem of Celeste Frey and Irena

Mihailova for a 9-7 victory at No. 2 doubles.

In the third position, the Lady Rebel duo of Alesya Ignatieva and Ivona

Mihailova clinched the contest for Ole Miss as they beat the UT pair of

Cleveland and sophomore Meiling Parks, 8-2. The top doubles was won by

Castellvi and sophomore Alison Ojeda by default.

The Lady Vols will next be in action on Sunday, when the squad continues

its journey in the Magnolia State with a visit to Starkville, Miss., to

face No. 24 Mississippi State beginning at 1 p.m.

Look for all the results in Tuesday's Daily Beacon.