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
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
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
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
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
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
Lady Vol tennis nets pair of wins
Published: Mon Mar 13, 2000 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:10 p.m.