Feb. 20, 2010
By: Lindsey Williford, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Paced by a strong doubles performance, the No. 10 University of Tennessee women's tennis team dominated No. 21 Ohio State, 5-2, on Saturday afternoon at the Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio. The Lady Vols won two of three doubles matches and picked up four singles triumphs en route to their sixth victory of the year.
For the fifth time this season, the Big Orange notched the doubles point with victories at the first and second lineup positions. Senior Caitlin Whoriskey, who normally pairs with sophomore Natalie Pluskota, was instead matched with junior Maria Sorbello. The two have not played together in more than a year but still breezed by OSU's Kelsey Haviland and Cami Hubbs, 8-1.
Ohio State quickly tied the team score 1-1 when Meredith defaulted in her singles match against Manashirova. Meredith is still not 100 percent after injuring her foot during tournament play last fall.
The momentum, however, was still on UT's side as it continued to apply the pressure on OSU with No. 37 Sorbello quickly adding another point on the scoreboard for the Orange and White when she defeated Escobedo 6-2, 6-0 on the second court. Just moments later, Whoriskey, ranked seventh in singles, put the Lady Vols up by two with a 6-3, 6-1 win over No. 67 Kirsten Flower.
Steele was able to pick up a Buckeye point by downing UT's Lee 6-2, 6-3 but the Big Orange snagged the final two points of the afternoon. On court three, Alda was in a close contest with Keesey after winning the first set by a score of 6-3 and then dropping the second stanza 6-2. The Round Rock, Texas, native rallied, however, to claim the third frame 7-5 to seal the match victory for Tennessee.
Even with the outcome of the match already decided, the battle between Zubor and OSU's Haviland still raged on court four. Much like her teammate, Zubor won the first set 6-4, before losing the second set by the same score. Moving on to super-tiebreaker format, Zubor defeated Haviland 10-3, giving the Lady Vols their fifth and final point.
Tennessee will continue its road trip tomorrow when it travels to Bloomington, Ind., where it square off with Indiana at 10:30 a.m. at the IU Tennis Center. The Hoosiers are 8-2 on the season and defeated Kentucky 5-2 on Saturday.
Live scoring for the match will be available at www.UTLadyVols.com or www.IUHoosiers.com.
No. 10 Tennessee 5, No. 21 Ohio State 3
1: No. 7 Caitlin Whoriskey (UT) def. No. 67 Kirsten Flower (OSU) - 6-3, 6-1
2: No. 37 Maria Sorbello (UT) Paloma Escobedo (OSU) - 6-2, 6-0
3: Rosalía Alda (UT) Christina Keesey (OSU) - 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
4: Zsófia Zubor (UT) Kelsey Haviland (OSU) - 6-4, 4-6, 10-3
5: Gabby Steele (OSU) def. Katie Lee (UT) - 6-2, 6-3
6: Fidan Manashirova (OSU) def. Jennifer Meredith (UT) - Win by Default
Order of finish: (6, 2, 1, 5, 3*, 4)
1: Caitlin Whoriskey/Maria Sorbello (UT) def. Kelsey Haviland/Cami Hubbs (OSU) - 8-1
2: No. 20 Rosalía Alda/Zsófia Zubor (UT) def. Paloma Escobedo/Christina Keesey (OSU) - 9-7
3: Fidan Manashirova/Gabby Steele (OSU) def. Katie Lee/Jennifer Meredith (UT) - 8-5
Order of finish: (1, 3, 2)
* Clinching point