The University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer tennis team came from behind for the second straight match as it took a 4-3 decision from the No. 25 rated Wildcats of the University of Kentucky on Sunday in Lexington, Ky. The Lady Vols finish the regular seaso
n with a 21-2 overall record and are 10-1 in the Southeastern Conference play heading into the league tournament next week.
For the second consecutive match, UT's doubles failed to deliver the initial point and forced its singles to capture the victory. The No. 1 duo of junior Kim Gates and sophomore Vilmarie Castellvi fell in an 8-3 decision to UK's No. 19 rated pair of Brook
e Skeen and Lauren Rookledge. In the second position, junior Alison Ojeda and sophomore Crystal Cleveland suffered their first setback as a pair. The No. 24 rated Lady Vol tandem dropped its match to Carolina Mayorga and Sarah Witten, 8-4. The No. 3 doubl
es match was suspended when the doubles point was decided in favor of Kentucky.
UT turned the match around by taking four of the first five singles matches to clinch the Lady Vol victory. Gates picked up the No. 2 singles contest in straight sets, defeating Witten 7-5, 6-4. Junior Agnes Wiski, one of the heroes from Friday's 4-3 triu
mph over Georgia, continued her winning ways with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Leigh Bradwell. At the No. 3 singles slot, Castellvi, Friday's other hero, got the better of No. 91 Brooke Skeen, 7-5, 7-5. Cleveland rebounded from her first singles loss in 15 mat
ches by dominating Lauren Rookledge by the score of 6-2, 6-0.
The Lady Vols suffered two singles setbacks on the afternoon as Ojeda dropped the No. 1 match to Mayorga (6-2, 6-3) and freshman Brooke Cordell fell to Shannon Stafford, 6-2, 6-2.