Jan. 22, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. The No. 19 University of Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team (0-2) dropped its second match of the season on Sunday, falling to 14th-ranked Duke (1-0), 6-1. Tennessee highlights included a doubles win at the No. 2 position by juniors Victoria Jones (Tyne & Wear, U.K.) and Blakeley Griffith (Middleburg, Va.) and freshman Stephanie Harris' (Chattanooga, Tenn.) win in the sixth slot of singles action.
The first doubles match to be completed saw sophomore Ghizela Schutte (Ninapark, South Africa) and Harris fall to 41st-ranked Jennifer Zika and Melissa Mang on court three, 8-3. The Blue Devil duo jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the contest.
In the No. 1 doubles match, the 38th-ranked team of senior Melissa Schaub (Lexington, Ohio) and freshman Samantha Orlin (Miami, Fla.) came up short against the No. 10 duo of Daniela Bercek and Jessi Robinson, 8-6, clinching the doubles point for the Blue Devils. The Big Orange pair fell behind in the match, 7-3, before rallying for three straight games to cut the deficit to 7-6.
Getting the lone doubles win for Tennessee was Griffith and Jones, who topped Jackie Carleton and Kristin Cargill on the second court, 8-6. The duo was up 3-0 and 6-2 on its way to the win, its second in two days following an 8-2 victory on Saturday.
Schaub fell to Tara Iyer in the No. 3 singles match, 6-3, 6-0, while Jones was defeated on the first court by No. 6 Bercek, 6-2, 6-1, in the initial two matches to be completed.
In the next match to finish, being played on the fourth court, Schutte took a
5-4 lead in a close first set against Mang, but fell to the Blue Devil, 7-5,
before Mang secured the Duke victory with a 6-1 second-set win.
The next finished contest came in No. 2 singles, where Griffith came up short against No. 27 Jackie Carleton, 7-5, 6-2, in a tough, hard-fought match. In the first set, Griffith was down, 5-1, before rallying to tie the set at 5-all.
Orlin was up, 2-0, in the first set on court five, before falling, 6-2, and retiring due to an injury.
Harris completed the day's play with Tennessee's lone point, as she topped Robinson, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. The second set saw the orange-clad player secure the first two games before earning the first dual-match victory of her career.
"Today we played a really good team, probably one of the best in the country," co-head coach Mike Patrick said. "We learned a lot on what we need to do to get better. We did a good job of preparing for the teams we will play next weekend.
The 19th-ranked Lady Vols will hit the courts next weekend as they will play host to No. 53 Illinois at noon on Saturday, and 42nd-ranked Purdue at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
|#14 Duke 6, #19 Tennessee 1|
|1. #6 Daniela Bercek (DUKE) def. Victoria Jones (TN) 6-2, 6-1|
|2. #27 Jackie Carleton (DUKE) def. Blakeley Griffith (TN) 7-5, 6-2|
|3. Tara Iyer (DUKE) def. Melissa Schaub (TN) 6-3, 6-0|
|4. Melissa Mang (DUKE) def. Ghizela Schutte (TN) 7-5, 6-1|
|5. Kristin Cargill (DUKE) def. Samantha Orlin (TN) 6-2, retired|
|6. Stephanie Harris (TN) def. Jessi Robinson (DUKE) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4|
|1. #10 Daniela Bercek/Jessi Robinson (DUKE) def. #38 Melissa Schaub/Samantha Orlin (TN) 8-6|
|2. Blakeley Griffith/Victoria Jones (TN) def. Jackie Carleton/Kristin Cargill (DUKE) 8-6|
|3. #41 Jennifer Zika/Melissa Mang (DUKE) def. Ghizela Schutte/Stephanie Harris (TN) 8-3|
|Duke 1-0; National ranking #14|
|Tennessee 0-2; National ranking #19|
|Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,1,4,5,2,6)|