The University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer tennis team took a 6-1 decision over No. 18 Notre Dame on Saturday at the Eck Tennis Pavilion. The eighth-ranked Lady Vols captured the doubles point for the first time in four matches and claimed five out of six singles contests for the second straight tilt to come away with the victory.
"The team is playing with more confidence every match," co-head coach Sonia Hahn-Patrick said. "It was good to see our doubles teams succeed." UT's tandem of Alison Ojeda and Crystal Cleveland captured the first match with an 8-5 triumph over Nina Vaughn and Katie Cunha. Seconds later, Majen Immink and Breanna Kray dropped an 8-3 decision to Sarah Jane Connelly and Alicia Salas on court three to make the doubles point dependent on the match on court one. Agnes Wiski and Vilmarie Castellvi, currently ranked No. 45, then upset No. 29 Lindsey Green and Becky Varnum to secure a 1-0 lead for Tennessee heading in to singles action.
In singles action, the Lady Volunteers won the first four matches completed to secure the victory. Castellvi, ranked 20th in singles, finished first, registering a 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Vaughn at No. 2. Sixteenth-ranked Ojeda gave Tennessee a 3-0 lead by taking 6-1, 6-3 victory from Varnum at No.1 before 66th-ranked Kim Gates clinched the Lady Vol victory by dealing Green a 6-2, 6-4 setback at No. 3. Cleveland then registered a 6-3, 7-5 win over Connelly at the sixth slot before Salas got the Irish on the board with a 6-4, 7-5 triumph over Wiski snapping the junior's eight-match win streak. Immink ended the match with a 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-3) win at No. 5.
Results from Sunday's match against Indiana were unavailable at press time.