With a 4-1 loss at the hands of the top-seeded and fourth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs, the fifth-seeded University of Tennessee women’s tennis team (13-10) was eliminated in the semifinal round of the SEC Tournament Saturday afternoon at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex in Lexington, Ky. Freshman Caitlin Whoriskey picked up the lone Lady Vol point on the day with a victory at the fourth singles position.
“We competed well, but came up a little short unfortunately,” UT co-coach Mike Patrick said. “Both Sonia (Hahn-Patrick) and I are very proud of our team’s effort this week and feel like we can use the recent success we’ve had as a springboard into the NCAA Tournament.”
For the first time in seven matches, the doubles point went to the Lady Vols’ opponent, as the Bulldogs claimed victories at the first and second positions. The nation’s 13th-ranked pairing of Darya Ivanov and Yvette Hyndman avenged an earlier loss to the Tennessee tandem of freshmen Whoriskey and Zsófia Zubor, currently rated 27th, with an 8-1 triumph on the first court. Georgia then clinched the initial point of the match at the second spot, where Monika Dancevic and Kelley Hyndman downed UT’s duo of senior Blakeley Griffith and sophomore Samantha Orlin, 8-3. UGA was in the lead in the final doubles contest, as well, with Naoko Ueshima and Natalie Frazier holding a 6-4 advantage over junior Ghizela Schutte and freshman Connor Vogel.