Feb. 2, 2014
KNOXVILLE - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team took on a tough opponent in No. 11 Michigan Sunday at Goodfriend Tennis Center, falling 6-1 to the Wolverines in their home opener.
The Michigan win marked its first victory in Knoxville in the series history.
With the loss, Tennessee drops to 1-2 on the season while Michigan improves to 3-0.
Though freshman Laurence Guevremont was the lone Lady Vol to garner a singles win on the day, each member of the squad fought hard in their respective matches.
"We are battlers," said co-head coach Mike Patrick. "We have to get a lot more disciplined in what we are doing out there. We have to get a lot more comfortable, for a lot of them it was their first home match and they were looking up in the stands and seeing people and getting a little nervous. That is to be expected, that is over now and hopefully we will build off of it and be better for our next home match."
Eve Repic and Guevremont fell 6-1 on court two to even things up and despite a hard fought battle, Joanna Henderson and Brittany Lindl dropped a 6-3 set to the nation's No. 9 ranked doubles pair of Emina Bektas and Brooke Bolender.
Michigan jumped out to a 3-0 lead after No. 21 ranked Bektas defeated No. 53 ranked Repic 6-0, 6-4 on court one while Lindl fell 6-4, 6-1 to Bolender on court three.
The Lady Vols got on the board as freshman Laurence Guevremont came back from a tough second set to dominate in the third set tiebreak 6-3, 0-6, 1-0 (3) to give the Lady Vols their first point of the day.
But the Wolverines would clinch the match on court six as Kristen Dodge edged Pande 6-2, 6-3 in Pande's first singles action of the spring season.
Michigan added to the lead when Amy Zhu bested Tavares 6-0, 7-5 on court four and the day rounded out as No. 99 Henderson fell 6-3, 7-5 in a highly contested battle on court two to No. 100 Sarah Lee.
"[Playing against tough opponents] gives us opportunities to see where we are at. We played a good Michigan team today, we had some chances in spots but we didn't capitalize very often. This group wants to learn, I think they all learned something today."
The Lady Vols will have the following weekend off from competition and will return to action on Saturday, February 15 vs. Georgia Tech at the Goodfriend Tennis Center in a match that will begin at 12 p.m.
Tennis Match Results
Michigan vs Tennessee
Feb 2, 2014 at Knoxville, Tenn.
(Goodfriend Tennis Center)
#11 Michigan 6, #26 Tennessee 1
1. #21 Emina Bektas (MICH) def. #53 Eve Repic (UT) 6-0, 6-4
2. #100 Sarah Lee (MICH) def. #99 Joanna Henderson (UT) 6-3, 7-5
3. Brooke Bolender (MICH) def. Brittany Lindl (UT) 6-4, 6-1
4. Amy Zhu (MICH) def. Tiffany Tavares (UT) 6-0, 7-5
5. Laurence Guevremont (UT) def. Sara Remynse (MICH) 6-3, 0-6, 1-0 (10-3)
6. Kristen Dodge (MICH) def. Ambika Pande (UT) 6-2, 6-3
1. #9 Emina Bektas/Brooke Bolender (MICH) def. Joanna Henderson/Brittany Lindl (UT) 6-3
2. Amy Zhu/Sarah Lee (MICH) def. Eve Repic/Laurence Guevremont (UT) 6-1
3. Tiffany Tavares/Ambika Pande (UT) def. Laura Ucros/Kristen Dodge (MICH) 6-0
Michigan 3-0; National ranking #11
Tennessee 1-2; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,3,5,6,4,2)