This weekend proved to be a weekend of firsts for the No. 45 Tennessee Lady Volunteer women's tennis team.
The Lady Vols swept their pair of weekend matches against the Arkansas Razorbacks and the LSU Tigers, marking the first time they have come out of a multi-game weekend unscathed.
Sunday's contest proved to be another first, as Tennessee recorded its first shutout win of the season against Arkansas with a 4-0 victory in Fayetteville, Ark., to improve to 11-10 on the season.
It's the first time the Lady Vols have been above .500 since their victory against Purdue in their season opener on Jan. 25.
Tennessee got off to a fast start, taking the doubles point for only the third time in conference play – the second time came during Friday's match against LSU.
The momentum from doubles play carried into singles as UT took the first set on all six courts and lead in all six matches at the conclusion of the match, with Brittany Lindl (6-1, 6-3), Victoria Olivarez (6-3, 6-3) and Laurence Guevremont (7-5, 6-1) clinching the 4-0 victory with straight-set wins in their singles matches.
Friday's victory over the Tigers proved to be a little more dramatic.
With the match knotted up at three, the Lady Vols' hopes at victory relied on Caitlyn Williams, who hadn't recorded a singles victory all spring.
After getting out the gates slowly, Williams forced a tiebreak and later went on to take the first set, 7-5.
From then on, the junior dominated the second set against LSU's Noel Scott, 6-2, clinching a 4-3 victory for Tennessee.
The Lady Vols return home next weekend for their regular season finale when they take on Auburn, Alabama and Middle Tennessee State.
The weekend will begin on Friday at 4 p.m. against the Tigers and conclude on Senior Day with a doubleheader on Sunday, when the Lady Vols face the Crimson Tide at 12 p.m. and then the Blue Raiders at 5 p.m.