After a tough loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon, Tennessee women's tennis head coach Mike Patrick said his team needed to start converting and making plays.
The women's tennis team responded to their coach's post-match remarks by having a lights-out performance Sunday.
Both figuratively and literally.
After suffering a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Georgia Tech on Saturday, the Lady Vols dominated Belmont 4-0 and overcame a power outage that delayed the match to sweep Chattanooga 7-0 on Sunday at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.
While the match on Saturday against Georgia Tech was grueling, the Lady Vols won their two matches on Sunday with relative ease as the power outage was seemingly the only thing to slow Tennessee down.
"That was interesting, that has never happened before," junior Joanna Henderson said with a chuckle. "It made me more relaxed if anything."
The match against Georgia Tech was anything but relaxing. The match involved multiple tie-breakers as the Lady Vols continually put themselves in position to win sets but failed to convert.
Despite the loss, co-head coach Mike Patrick said he believes there were several important lessons his team could learn from the loss to the Yellow Jackets.
"We had a lot of tough matches; that is a good team in Georgia Tech," Patrick said. "It shows we can play with them, but it shows how much tougher we need to be to convert those matches. We need to turn to two or three of those around and we would be in good shape."
Tennessee did not need any tie-breakers for its matches on Sunday, however.
In what has been a season of learning for UT, the Lady Vols managed to pick up their first double points of the season on Sunday, helping them record their first shutout victories of the season.
"Getting the doubles point is such a huge momentum shift, and that is something that we have been struggling with," Henderson said. "It makes the singles a lot easier because you only have to do is win three out of six. For the whole team, it definitely helps to get that point."
One player that had impressive performances both Saturday and Sunday was Eve Repic. The freshman went 3-0 in her matches this weekend, recording a tough victory over Georgia Tech's Kendal Woodard 7-6 (4), 6-1 and dominating her matches against Belmont and Chattanooga Sunday 6-0, 6-0 and 6-4, 6-2.
"Every match Eve is going to play at 1 is going to be really tough," Patrick said. "She is fighting. She is going to win some, lose some, (and) as long as she competes like that, it is a good thing."
The wins on Sunday also gave coach Patrick his 499th and 500th win in his coaching career, making him only the 10th coach to win 500 games.
Patrick said the achievement wouldn't have been possible without exceptional play from his players on the court over the years.
"You don't get 500 wins without having good players," Patrick said. "We are happy to have these guys here."