Melissa Schaub defeated Tulsa's Daniela Muscolina
Feb. 7, 2003
After suffering its first loss of the season to No. 9 UCLA yesterday, the 11th-ranked University of Tennessee Lady Vol tennis squad responded with a 7-0 blanking of No. 59 Tulsa at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships on Friday in Madison, Wis. The Big Orange improved to 5-1 with the victory, while the Golden Hurricane dropped to 2-3 on the year.
The Lady Vols rolled through the doubles, sweeping all three positions. At the No. 1 slot, the 22nd-ranked duo senior Vilmarie Castellvi and freshman Melissa Schaub chalked up their 12th-straight mark in the win column by an 8-6 count over seniors Aleksandra Durska and Alicia Pillay. At the No. 2 hole, junior Tammy Encina and sophomore Breanna Kray picked up an 8-5 decision over freshman Daniela Muscolina and junior Mariana Barrios. Senior Crystal Cleveland and sophomore Ashley Robards moved their overall record to 11-2 with a victory at three doubles over junior Donata Majauskaite and freshman Tiffany Smith.
With her victory at the No. 3 slot, Cleveland notched her 99th career win in doubles. Should she reach the century mark she would become only the fourth Lady Vol in school history to post 100 wins in both singles and doubles.
Schaub was the first UT contender to post a victory in singles play with a 6-2, 6-0, decision over Muscolina at No. 3. The win upped the Lexington, Ohio, native's record to 11-8 and 5-1 in dual match play.
Cleveland gave Tennessee an imposing 3-0 lead with a straight set, 6-3, 6-1, showing over freshman Timberly Green at five singles. It was her first match in her last five contests that did not require a third and decisive set. Cleveland stands at 13-7 for the 2002-03 campaign and has now won three straight.
UT's Castellvi finalized the Lady Vol victory when she won her 19th match over a ranked opponent. The fourth-ranked Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, native defeated No. 20 Pillay at one singles in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Castellvi is 19-2 against ranked foes this season and owns a 21-3 singles mark and a 13-1 doubles slate with Schaub. She is also a combined 19-0 this spring in singles and doubles play. Castellvi's win also gave her sole possession of second-place on UT's all-time career wins list as she surpassed Wendy Anderson with her 116th victory.
Surrey, British Columbia, native Kray was the next finisher for the Orange and White after she disposed of Majauskaite at No. 4 singles, 6-4, 6-3. Kray moved her dual match record to 4-2 with the win.
The next bit of icing on the Lady Vols' cake was put on by Encina when she handled No. 102-ranked Durska at two singles, 4-6, 7-5, (10-8). The win snapped Encina's two-match losing streak and served as her third triumph over a ranked opponent this season.
Injured-ridden sophomore Majen Immink delivered the final point for the Lady Volunteers at six singles with a 3-6, 6-2, (10-6), win over Smith. It was Immink's first singles match of the 2002-03 season. A native of Kent, U.K., Immink underwent surgery at the conclusion of last fall after nagging injuries kept her out of competition.
Tennessee will wrap up its stay in Madison tomorrow when it faces off with No. 14 Northwestern at 9 a.m. CST. The Lady Vols then return home for a five-match home stand beginning Feb. 15 against 28th-ranked Wake Forest at 1 p.m.
Final Score: #11 Tennessee (5-1) 7, #59 Tulsa (2-3) 0
|No. 1||#4 Vilmarie Castellvi (UT) def. #20 Alicia Pillay (Tulsa)||6-3, 4-6, 6-3|
|No. 2||Tammy Encina (UT) def. #102 Aleksandra Durska (Tulsa)||4-6, 7-5, (10-8)|
|No. 3||Melissa Schaub (UT) def. Daniela Muscolina (Tulsa)||6-2, 6-0|
|No. 4||Breanna Kray (UT) def. Donata Majauskaite (Tulsa)||6-4, 6-3|
|No. 5||Crystal Cleveland (UT) def. Timberly Green (Tulsa)||6-3, 6-1|
|No. 6||Majen Immink (UT) def. Tiffany Smith (Tulsa)||3-6, 6-2, (10-6)|
|Order of Finish: 3, 5, 1*, 4, 2, 6|
|No. 1||#22 Castellvi/Schaub (UT) def. Durska/Pillay (Tulsa)||8-6|
|No. 2||Encina/Kray (UT) def. Muscolina/Mariana Barrios (Tulsa)||8-5|
|No. 3||Cleveland/Ashley Robards (UT) def. Majauskaite/Smith (Tulsa)||8-2|
|Order of Finish: 3, 2*, 1|
|* clinching point|