Feb. 9, 2006

Box Score

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The No. 20 University of Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team (2-3) saw its two-match winning streak come to a close on Thursday, falling to 23rd-ranked Wake Forest (3-0) by a 6-1 score.

The Big Orange doubles tandem of juniors Blakeley Griffith (Middleburg, Va.) and Victoria Jones (Tyne & Wear, U.K.) earned an 8-4 victory over the WFU pair of Christian Tara and Ana Jerman at the No. 2 position, but Demon Deacon tandems earned wins in the other two contests to claim the doubles point.

The No. 1 Lady Vol team of senior Melissa Schaub (Lexington, Ohio) and sophomore Ghizela Schutte (Ninapark, South Africa) fell to Alex Hirsch and Ashlee Davis, 8-4, while freshmen Stephanie Harris (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Samantha Orlin (Miami, Fla.) were defeated at No. 3 by Wake Forest's Sierra Poske and Christine Simpson, 8-3.

Earning Tennessee's team point was Orlin, who claimed a tight 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 win at court six over Poske. Harris fell in a close contest of her own, losing at No. 5 to Jenna Loeb, 5-7, 7-5, (10-2). Schutte dropped her match at court four, 6-2, 6-4, to Tara. The third court saw Schaub fall short of Jerman, 6-3, 6-3.

Two nationally-ranked Demon Deacon players claimed contests on the first two courts. Griffith fell to No. 64 Davis on the second court, 6-3, 6-1, while Jones dropped her decision at court one, 6-2, 6-1, to 42nd-ranked Hirsch.

Tennessee continues its stretch of five straight matches on the road on Feb. 18, as the Big Orange takes on No. 22 Notre Dame at noon. The Lady Vols then travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., and a battle with 29th-ranked Michigan, which begins at noon on Feb. 19.



#23 Wake Forest 6, #20 Tennessee 1

Singles competition
1.#42 Alex Hirsch (WFU) def. Victoria Jones (TN)6-2, 6-1
2.#64 Ashlee Davis (WFU) def. Blakeley Griffith (TN)6-3, 6-1
3.Ana Jerman (WFU) def. Melissa Schaub (TN)6-3, 6-3
4.Christian Tara (WFU) def. Ghizela Schutte (TN)6-2, 6-4
5.Jenna Loeb (WFU) def. Stephanie Harris (TN)5-7, 7-5, (10-2)
6.Samantha Orlin (TN) def. Sierra Poske (WFU)6-3, 4-6, 7-5
Doubles competition
1.Alex Hirsch/Ashlee Davis (WFU) def. Melissa Schaub/Ghizela Schutte (TN)8-4
2.Victoria Jones/Blakeley Griffith (TN) def. Christian Tara/Ana Jerman (WFU)8-4
3.Sierra Poske/Christine Simpson (WFU) def. Stephanie Harris/Samantha Orlin (TN)8-3

Match Notes:
Tennessee 2-3; National ranking #20
Wake Forest 3-0; National ranking #23



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