Coming off a grueling four-match road trip, where the team suffered its second loss of the season, the Lady Volunteer tennis team returned to the Varsity Courts on Sunday to upset No. 7 Notre Dame, 6-1.
It was a great match for us after such a long, tiring road stretch, said co-head coach Mike Patrick. We played like champions against a very tough Notre Dame team. It was fun to watch.
The No. 9 Lady Vols took an early lead in the match by taking the doubles point. The No. 3 doubles team of Agnes Wiski and Brooke Cordell were the first off the court with an 8-3 victory over Lindsey Green and Nina Vaughan. Crystal Cleveland and Alison Ojeda delivered the No. 2 spot, getting the better of Katie Cunha and Kim Guy, 8-4. In a tight No.1 tilt the No. 46 rated pair of Vilmarie Castellvi and Kim Gates fell to ND's No. 5 ranked duo of Michelle Dasso and Becky Varnum, 8-6.
The Lady Vols took an early lead in singles portion of the match, going ahead by a set at the No. 1, 2, 3 and 5 singles positions. Castellvi would finish off Vaughan first, taking the No. 3 match, 6-3, 6-1. Moments later, Gates wrapped up another Lady Vol triumph at No. 2, dealing Varnum a 6-1, 6-2 defeat to put the Lady Vols ahead by a 3-0 margin.
Ojeda upset the No. 3 rated Dasso to seal the match for Tennessee. After taking the first set at 6-1, Ojeda dealt Dasso 6-0 blanking in the final stanza.
With the match decided, Cleveland pulled out the No. 5 match with a 6-4, 6-4 decision over Green. Wiski mounted a comeback at the No. 4 position, defeating Caylan Leslie in a third-set tie-break. Wiski prevailed, 4-6, 6-4 (6).
Co-head coaches Mike Patrick and Sonia Hahn-Patrick's squad improves to 15-2 overall.
LSU UPSETS MEN'S TEAM
The sixth-ranked Tennessee tennis team was upset Saturday by the 26th-ranked LSU Tigers 4-1. Tennessee falls to 10-3 on the season and 3-1 in SEC play, while LSU moves to 11-3 overall and 4-2 in the SEC.
All SEC road matches are tough, Tennessee head coach Michael Fancutt said. LSU is a good team and we are still a little banged up, so that makes for a tough combination. We are now just looking forward to going back home after six straight road matches.
After taking the doubles point the Tigers won three of the four completed singles matches to get the victory. Singles winners for the Tigers included No. 10 Ramaswami over No. 44 Adam Carey at No. 1. No. 64 Kiernan defeated No. 80 Mark Parsons at No. 2, while Mateljan defeated Wade Orr in the No. 6 match.
The lone winner for the Vols was Peter Handoyo, who has been the most consistent Vol as of late winning his last seven matches. Handoyo defeated Sanjin Sadovich in the No. 3 match 7-6(5), 6-2. The win also keeps Handoyo undefeated for the year in dual matches. Tennessee's Paul Podbury (No. 74) and Mario Toledo (No. 62) were both up a set in their matches before they were suspended.