Coming off the heels of an emotional 5-4 triumph over Ole Miss on Friday,
the Lady Vol tennis team faced the mighty task of trying to register a
victory versus the second-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs on Saturday at the
SEC Tournament in Oxford, Miss.
In the second of the two semifinal contests, Georgia recorded wins in the
first five singles matches at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center to eliminate
Tennessee with a 5-0 victory. Following the setback, UT falls to 18-11 on
the year while UGA improves to 21-1.
"We played a great Georgia team today; we just couldn't give enough," Lady
Vol head tennis coach Mike Patrick said. "We gave it all yesterday so there
wasn't much left to give today. Georgia played great and that's why
they are where they're at nationally."
In singles, freshman Crystal Cleveland saw her 15-match singles winning
streak snapped by Anne Nguyen following a 6-2, 6-1 loss at the sixth
singles position. Ironically, Cleveland's last loss, which occurred nearly
two months ago, was versus Nguyen on Feb. 27 in Athens, Ga.
Sophomore Agnes Wiski battled eighth-rated Esther Knox to the very end of
her match before dropping a 6-4, 7-5 decision, at the second slot. At No.
3, Georgia's Marissa Catlin edged freshman Vilmarie Castellvi, 6-0,
Facing 28th-ranked Lori Grey at the fourth position, sophomore Meiling
Parks would suffer a 6-3, 6-3 setback. In Tennessee's other contest, senior
Candy Reid fell 6-4, 6-2 to Kelly Baskin at No. 5.
The Lady Vols will now await word to see if they will have the opportunity
to host a NCAA Regional for the third consecutive year. The NCAA will
release official pairings for the 16 four-team regionals that will take
place on campus sites May 13-14 next week.
Lady 'Dawgs shut out Lady Vols in SEC tennis tourney
Published: Mon Apr 24, 2000 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:14 p.m.