Feb. 18, 2006


NOTRE DAME, Ind. - ­ The No. 22 University of Tennessee Lady Vol tennis squad (2-4) fell in a Saturday match against host and 15th-ranked Notre Dame (6-0) by a 7-0 score. Two of the Big Orange losses came in supertiebreakers, which were played in lieu of third sets, as the team decision had been decided by that point in the match.

The Fighting Irish has three nationally-ranked doubles squads and the trio came away with wins over their Lady Vol counterparts. The Big Orange duo of senior Melissa Schaub (Lexington, Ohio) and sophomore Ghizela Schutte (Ninapark, South Africa) fell to the No. 1-ranked Fighting Irish tandem of twin sisters Catrina and Christian Thompson, 8-1.

UND clinched the doubles point when Tennessee juniors Blakeley Griffith (Middleburg, Va.) and Victoria Jones (Tyne & Wear, U.K.) dropped an 8-5 decision to No. 35 Brooke Buck and Kelcy Tefft. The No. 3 court saw freshmen Stephanie Harris (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Samantha Orlin (Miami, Fla.) fall to 45th-ranked Lauren Connelly and Kristina Stastny, 8-2.

Jones dropped a 6-1, 6-2 decision on court one in the first singles match to be completed to No. 24 Catrina Thompson. Quickly following was a Harris loss to Stastny at No. 5 by 6-3, 6-1 scores. UND clinched the team contest when the third court saw Schaub drop a 6-4, 6-0 decision to Buck.

Schutte lost her match in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, to Tefft at No 4, while Orlin dropped a tight contest, 7-5, 5-7, (12-10), to Potts at court six. The action was completed at the second court, as Griffith failed in her attempt for a third win over ranked opposition since the dual-match portion of the schedule was commenced, dropping a tight 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), (10-3) decision to No. 44 Catrina Thompson.



The Lady Vols look to bounce back on Sunday, as they take on No. 30 Michigan (2-3) in Ann Arbor at noon.

#15 Notre Dame 7, #22 Tennessee 0
Feb 18, 2006 at Notre Dame, Ind.
Singles competition
1. #24 Catrina Thompson (UND) def. Victoria Jones (TN) 6-1, 6-2
2. #44 Christian Thompson (UND) def. Blakeley Griffith (TN) 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 10-3
3. Brooke Buck (UND) def. Melissa Schaub (TN) 6-4, 6-0
4. Kelcy Tefft (UND) def. Ghizela Schutte (TN) 6-3, 6-4
5. Kristina Stastny (UND) def. Stephanie Harris (TN) 6-3, 6-1
6. Katie Potts (UND) def. Samantha Orlin (TN) 7-5, 5-7, 12-10
Doubles competition
1. #1 Catrina Thompson/Christian Thompson (UND) def. Melissa Schaub/Ghizela Schutte (TN) 8-1
2. #35 Brooke Buck/Kelcy Tefft (UND) def. Blakeley Griffith/Victoria Jones (TN) 8-5
3. #45 Lauren Connelly/Kristina Stastny (UND) def. Stephanie Harris/Samantha Orlin (TN) 8-2
Match Notes
Tennessee 2-4; National ranking #22
Notre Dame 6-0; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,5,3,4,6,2)


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