Picking up a couple of wins over the weekend, the 19th-ranked Tennessee

Lady Vol tennis team upped their record to 10-5 overall and 2-1 in SEC

play.

Tennessee got their second SEC victory Thursday when they beat Arkansas,

6-3, and won a non-conference battle against Ohio State, 6-3, Saturday

afternoon.

The Lady Vols also improved to 7-0 on their home courts this season.

For UT, both wins were hard-fought, considering the Vols' No. 4 seed,

sophomore Meiling Parks, was sidelined with an ankle sprain. Parks is

expected to return for the Vols' next match on March 17.

Stepping in for Parks was junior Catherine Hall, who played No. 6 singles

and No. 3 doubles in both of the Volunteer victories.

"Catherine Hall has stepped up real big for us in the past two matches," UT

co-head coach Mike Patrick said. "She just did what it took to win in her

doubles match (Thursday), and she fought hard to get a singles win

(Saturday) in a tough three-setter."

In Thursday's match with Arkansas (3-6, 1-5 SEC), the Lady Vols needed a

late charge to hold off the No. 22 Lady 'Backs on the UT Varsity

Courts.

Through singles play, each squad netted three points apiece. The Vols won

their matches at the three, four and five positions, respectively.

At No. 3, Agnes Wiski downed the Hogs' Brenda Vlasak 6-4, 6-3. No. 4 Candy

Reid soundly beat Arkansas' Adriana Lopez 6-2, 6-0. In the No. 5 position,

Crystal Cleveland defeated Tara Reid 6-4, 6-3.

With the team victory in doubt, the Lady Vols quickly put to rest the idea

of a Lady 'Back upset as they swept doubles play, 3-0.

The No. 1 pair of Alison Ojeda and Vilmarie Castellvi rebounded from

thorough singles losses at the hands of Arkansas' Chin Bee Khoo and Andrea

Ho to defeat them in doubles 8-5. Also winning were the pairs of Wiski and

Reid at No. 2 and No. 3 Cleveland and Hall.

"(The Arkansas match) was a special win for us," Patrick said. "We lost to

them last year at their place and it was good for us to get them back

here."

Saturday's test against the No. 31 Ohio State Buckeyes was easily taken by

the Lady Vols after the match was forced inside the Goodfriend Tennis

Center due to inclement weather.

In singles play, the Lady Vols got wins at the three, four, five and six

seeds to take a commanding 4-2 lead to doubles.

At No. 3, Wiski beat Michelle Matko 6-2, 6-0. No. 4 seed Reid downed the

Buckeyes' Sadhaf Pervez 6-2, 6-1. At No. 5, Cleveland defeated Laura

Maloney 6-2, 6-2. At No. 6, Hall needed three sets to knock off Katherine

Martin, 7-5, 3-6, 6-1.

In doubles play, UT clinched the match with a timely 8-1 victory by Wiski

and Reid over OSU's Maloney and Pervez. Also, the No. 1 pair of Ojeda and

Castellvi again got revenge from singles losses as they defeated Kristy

Dascoli and Monica Rincon 9-8, in a tie break.

"(The Ohio State match) was a real competitive match," Patrick said. "They

had some injuries and we had some injuries. There were several close

matches that could have gone either way."

Patrick said the play of Wiski seemed to carry the Vols through the two

victories. Wiski went 4-0 in the matches, not dropping a set.

"Agnes Wiski has played best on the courts for us for the past couple of

days," Patrick said. "She has been someone we can count on to play solid

tennis."

The Lady Vols will need Wiski and her teammates to play more "solid tennis"

as they embark on a Spring Break road trip, traveling to Michigan, Wake

Forest and Texas beginning March 17.

"We've got our work cut out for us," Patrick said. "We need to all play

well on the same day. I feel like this team can play better than we are

right now."