Jan. 29, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The 19th-ranked University of Tennessee Lady Vol tennis squad (2-2) won its second straight match, rebounding nicely from a 0-2 start to the 2006 spring campaign with a 5-2 win over Purdue (0-2). The Lady Vols set the tone of the match by taking the doubles point for the second straight day and followed that up with wins in the first three singles matches to clinch the victory with an insurmountable 4-0 lead.
Two Big Orange players recorded wins over ranked opponents. At the No. 1 position, junior Victoria Jones (Tyne & Wear, U.K.) earned the biggest win of her Lady Vol career (based on opponent's national ranking) with her first victory of 2005-06 over a ranked player, topping No. 29 Hala Sufi, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. She put away the match with a perfectly-placed shot on the line. The win in the second singles match to be completed gave Tennessee a 3-0 lead.
Prior to Jones' victory, fellow junior Blakeley Griffith (Middleburg, Va.) completed a 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 victory against 54th-ranked Randi Schuler for her third win over ranked opposition in 2005-06 and second in a four-contest span (she topped No. 46 Caitlin Collins of North Carolina, 6-1, 7-5, on Jan. 21). She rallied from 5-3 down in the first with three straight games. After Schuler tied the set, 6-6, Griffith controlled the tiebreaker by securing five of the first six points. A 3-0 run in the second set was also instrumental in her victory, breaking a 2-all tie.
On the fourth court, sophomore Ghizela Schutte (Ninapark, South Africa) clinched the team win with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 win against Purdue's Mallory Voelker. A 4-0 run in the second (extending a 2-1 edge) and a pair of 3-0 runs in the third stanza (making it 3-2 and 6-3, respectively) were pivotal to her win.
Freshman Samantha Orlin (Miami, Fla.) dropped her match on court six versus Brittany Minna when she retired due to injury in the first set with the score tied, 1-1.
Senior Melissa Schaub (Lexington, Ohio) dropped her contest, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, to Brooke Beier at the third court. Schaub rallied in the second set from 2-1 down with four straight games (on the way to her 6-3 win) and 5-3 down in the third with a pair of tallies to tie it, 5-5, before falling.
In the final contest to finish, freshman Stephanie Harris (Chattanooga, Tenn.) claimed her match at No. 5 over Anna Dzeva, 6-2, 6-2. She was also down, 2-1, before rallying with 10 straight games, claiming the first stanza and jumping to a 5-0 lead in the second.
The three doubles matches were completed within moments of each other. At court three, Harris and Orlin earned a dominating 8-2 win, finishing off their victory over Minna and Dzeva with four straight games. At one, Schaub and Schutte fell to Sufi and Voelker, 8-3. Tennessee clinched the doubles tally when Griffith and Jones topped Beier and Schuler, 8-1, at No. 2 after taking the final five games.
"It was a really good win for our team because this is the best team that Purdue has had since we've been playing them (series started in 1994 - UT now leads, 13-0)," co-head coach Mike Patrick said. "We fought hard every match and competed well. I am real proud of our effort.
Tennessee now plays five straight matches on the road, not returning for a home contest until March 3, when UT takes on No. 43 LSU at 5 p.m. The beginning of the month on the road begins at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 with a contest at No. 24 Wake Forest (1-0 entering a match on Saturday versus Charlotte).
#19 Tennessee 5, #42 Purdue 2
|1.||Victoria Jones (TN) def. #29 Hala Sufi (PUR)||6-1, 3-6, 6-3|
|2.||Blakeley Griffith (TN) def. #54 Randi Schuler (PUR)||7-6 (7-3), 6-3|
|3.||Brooke Beier (PUR) def. Melissa Schaub (TN)||6-3, 3-6, 7-5|
|4.||Ghizela Schutte (TN) def. Mallory Voelker (PUR)||2-6, 6-1, 6-3|
|5.||Stephanie Harris (TN) def. Anna Dzeva (PUR)||6-2, 6-2|
|6.||Brittany Minna (PUR) def. Samantha Orlin (TN)||1-1, retired|
|1.||Hala Sufi/Mallory Voelker (PUR) def. Melissa Schaub/Ghizela Schutte (TN)||8-3|
|2.||Blakeley Griffith/Victoria Jones (TN) def. Brooke Beier/Randi Schuler (PUR)||8-1|
|3.||Samantha Orlin/Stephanie Harris (TN) def. Brittany Minna/Anna Dzeva (PUR)||8-2|
Purdue 0-2; National ranking #42
Tennessee 2-2; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,1,4,6,3,5)