Home proved to be a nice place to start for the Lady Volunteer tennis team.
Tennessee continued its strong showing at the St. Mary's Fall Tennis Classic, claiming four singles titles in the final day of competition at the Goodfriend Tennis Center and the UT Varsity Courts Sunday.
Senior Tammy Encina, junior Ashley Robards, sophomore Sabita Maharaj and freshman Blakeley Griffith each won their respective flights for the Lady Vols.
"I think the most important thing about this weekend was finding out where we were after graduating two of our best players ever in Vilmarie Castellvi and Crystal Cleveland," co-head coach Mike Patrick said. "The tournament showed that our players were up to that challenge, although we still have a lot to work on and improve upon.
"I am really impressed with the work ethic of our team, though. We have reason to feel positive about the season."
Encina, rated 27th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association preseason rankings, took out No. 31 Aniela Mojzis of North Carolina (6-4, 6-4) in the flight one final. It marked the third day in a row that Encina had defeated a ranked opponent, having beaten No. 36 Jessica Roland of Texas A&M in the semifinals Saturday and No. 75 Amy Walgenback of Purdue in Friday's first round.
Robards claimed the flight two title by defeating a ranked foe for the second straight day. The Kentucky native downed No. 81 Katie Martzolf of Wake Forest (6-3, 7-5) on Sunday, after having defeated No. 99 Kendall Cline of UNC a day earlier.
Meanwhile, Maharaj defeated Carolina's Caitlin Collins (6-4, 6-4) to win flight three, while Griffith breezed by Collins's teammate, Lee Bairos (6-3, 6-3) to claim flight four.
Freshman Victoria Jones of England took out Purdue's Alyssa Rodriguez in straight sets (6-2, 6-5) to place third in flight five. Junior Breanna Kray fell to Elizabeth Proctor of Wake Forest (7-5, 6-2) to place sixth in flight six.
Junior Erin Cohn lost to Ohio State's Kristin Messmer (6-4, 6-2) to place fourth in flight seven. In the flight eight championship match, junior Claudia Farace had to settle for second place, falling to Blakely Offutt of Wake Forest (6-3, 6-2).
Additionally, senior Melinda Morrow cruised by NC State's Allison Barry 6-0, 6-3 in the singles round robin.
The Lady Vols compete next at the Sept. 26-28 adidas Fall Tournament in Peachtree City, Ga.
Lady Vol netters win at home
Published: Tue Sep 23, 2003 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 05:23 p.m.