Senior Vilmarie Castellvi of the University of Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team won her semifinal match on Saturday in the consolation tournament of the Omni Hotels Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in Farmers Branch, Texas, but fell in the final later that day.
Castellvi faced a pair of contenders from Stanford on the afternoon, matching up first with No. 15 Erin Barnikow in the semifinals. Castellvi, the nation's No. 1-ranked player, defeated Barnikow in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, before squaring off with unranked Alice Barnes in the final.
Barnes took the first set, 6-3, but Castellvi stormed back with a 6-2 win in the second set. Barnes, however, was too much for Castellvi as she took the match in the third set by a 6-3 count.
Castellvi finished the fall season with an 11-3 mark and two tournament titles to her credit at the adidas Invitational in September and the St. Mary's Fall Classic in October.
She won five matches against top 25 opponents and claimed ten victories over ranked players. Castellvi now has 106 career singles wins, which stands at fourth all-time in school history.
The Lady Vol tennis team's double tandems found a great deal of success at the SEC Coaches Tournament this weekend in Peachtree City, Ga.
The duos of junior Tammy Encina and freshman Sabita Maharaj, and senior Crystal Cleveland and sophomore Ashley Robards, each won their respective flights of doubles.
Castellvi finishes season 11-3
Published: Tue Nov 12, 2002 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 04:39 p.m.