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.