Solid play from the No. 1 through 4 singles slots propelled the 17th-ranked Lady Vols tennis team over Illinois on Sunday, February 4. The victory improved Tennessee's record to 2-0.
Juniors Alison Ojeda and Agnes Wiski, and sophomores Vilmarie Castellvi and Crystal Cleveland all captured their matches in singles play, earning the Lady Vols four out of the six points up for grabs in the singles portion of the match. The two Illinois points where won at the No. 5 and 6 singles spots.
The Fighting Illini's Carla Rosenburg defeated freshman Brooke Cordell, 3-6, 5-7, and Michelle Webb got the better of senior Catherine Hall in a 1-6, 0-6 decision.
Co-head coaches Mike Patrick and Sonia Hahn-Patrick's squad picked up the one doubles point as two out of its three pairings brought back wins.
Ojeda and Castellvi picked up their second straight victory with a 9-7 decision over Eldina Fazlic and Webb. The other triumph came at the racquets of Cleveland and Cordell. The No. 3 doubles tandem is now 4-1 as a pair.
The win at Illinois followed a 7-0 blanking of the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday afternoon.
Ojeda defeated Erika Quebe, 6-2, 6-2 at the first singles position. The co-captain teamed with Castellvi at No. 1 doubles to dominate Quebe and Lynsey Fick with an 8-0 victory. Castellvi brought home a UT triumph at the No. 3 singles position with a 6-1, 6-2 decision over Missy Wright.
Wiski opened the season in the No. 3 singles slot, defeating Melissa Iqbal (6-1, 6-4). Wiski teamed Hall to take the No. 2 doubles match from Melissa Woods and Wright.
Cleveland had no trouble at the No. 4 singles spot, defeating Fick 7-5, 6-2. As she did in the fall, Cordell made her dual-debut for UT a victorious one, downing Gretchen Haynor in straight, 6-3, 6-2.
Hall provided the closest contest of the match at No. 6 singles. She and Woods battled in a three-set thriller (6-2, 3-6, 10-8) that went to 10-8 in the third set before Hall was victorious.