Jan. 30, 2004

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The No. 23 University of Tennessee women's tennis team opened its home season with a 6-1 victory over 42nd-ranked Purdue at the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center on Friday evening. With the win, the Lady Vols improve to 2-1 this season, while the Boilermakers fall to 2-1.

The match started off with UT senior Tammy Encina (Miami Beach, Fla.) and sophomore Melissa Schaub (Lexington, Ohio) cruising to an easy 8-0 win over Gretchen Haynor and Melissa Woods in No. 1 doubles. The next two tandem matches, however, would be much closer as Purdue did not want to surrender the doubles point without a fight. The Lady Vol duo of juniors Majen Immink (Kent, U.K.) and Breanna Kray (Surrey, B.C., Canada), though, recorded an 8-6 win in the No. 3 position to clinch the doubles point for Tennessee.

The Orange and White got off to a quick start in singles play, as 13th-ranked Encina and freshman Blakeley Griffith (Middleburg, Va.) both cruised to straight-set victories, giving UT a 3-0 lead in the match. Encina downed Haynor, 6-0, 6-4, in the No. 1 singles spot, while Griffith breezed by Alyssa Rodriguez, 6-2, 6-3, at the No. 4 position. Griffith now boasts a 14-4 singles record in her initial season of collegiate competition, while Encina holds an 11-6 mark.

Purdue got a point back and drew the score to 3-1 after Hala Sufi defeated 96th-ranked junior Ashley Robards (Henderson, Ky.), 6-3, 6-2, in No. 3 singles.



Sophomore Sabita Maharaj, however, would clinch the match for the Big Orange with a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 triumph over Walgenbach at the No. 2 position. With the win, the 86th-ranked Gainesville, Fla., native improved to 3-0 in dual match play and 12-5 overall this season.

With the match already in hand for the Lady Vols, Immink gave UT its fifth point of the day with a victory over Purdue's Shawna Zuccarini. After Zuccarini took the first set, 6-3, Immink battled back to take a 4-1 advantage in the second set before Zuccarini retired with an injury.

Finally, UT freshman Victoria Jones (Tyne & Wear, U.K.) closed out the match on a strong note for Tennessee with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Lara Burgarello. Jones now owns a 7-6 singles record this season.

"I thought all our players competed well," UT Co-Head Coach Sonia Hahn-Patrick said. "Tonight, we were able to utilize many of the things we learned in our loss to Indiana last week. Hopefully, we can continue to learn and improve with each match we play."

Thanks to the victory, Tennessee now boasts an 11-0 record all-time against Purdue, as the Lady Vols and Boilermakers have met annually since the 1994 season.

The Lady Vols will continue their weekend homestand against the 24th-ranked Illinois Fighting Illini on Sunday at 1 p.m. After that match, the Lady Vols next will face some stiff competition at the ITA National Indoor Team Championships in Madison, Wis., over Feb. 5-8.

#23 Tennessee vs #42 Purdue
January 30, 2004
Final score: UT 6, PU 1

No. 1#13 Tammy Encina (UT) def. Gretchen Haynor (PU)6-0, 6-4
No. 2#86 Sabita Maharaj (UT) def. Amy Walgenbach (PU)6-0, 4-6, 6-1
No. 3Hala Sufi (PU) def. #96 Ashley Robards (UT)6-3, 6-2
No. 4Blakeley Griffith (UT) def. Alyssa Rodriguez (PU)6-2, 6-3
No. 5Majen Immink (UT) def. Shawna Zuccarini (PU)3-6, 4-1, retired
No. 6Victoria Jones (UT) def. Lara Burgarello (PU)6-3, 7-5
Order of finish: 1, 4, 3, 2*, 5, 6
No. 1Encina/Schaub (UT) def. Haynor/Woods (PU)8-0
No. 2Sufi/Zuccarini (PU) def. Maharaj/Robards(UT)8-6
No. 3Immink/Kray (UT) def. Burgarello/Rodriguez (PU)8-6
Order of finish: 1, 3*, 2
* Clinching point


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