Feb. 25, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 28 University of Tennessee Lady Vol tennis squad dropped to 2-6 on the season with a 5-2 loss to 31st-ranked Indiana (9-2) on Saturday morning. The Lady Vols saw a pair of singles wins come from senior Melissa Schaub (Lexington, Ohio), who rallied from a first-set loss, and freshman Samantha Orlin (Miami, Fla.), in the contest.
The Hoosiers grabbed the doubles point after claiming all three matches. The 56th-ranked junior pair of Blakeley Griffith (Middleburg, Va.) and Victoria Jones (Tyne & Wear, U.K.), playing its first match as a nationally-ranked duo, saw defeat befall them for just the second time in eight dual matches, dropping an 8-2 decision to Sigrid Fischer and Brianna Williams at the No. 2 position.
On the first court, Schaub and sophomore Ghizela Schutte (Ninapark, South Africa) dropped their match against Sarah Batty and Laura McGaffigan, 8-4, while the freshman duo of Stephanie Harris (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Orlin dropped their contest by an 8-6 score. The two battled from a 4-1 deficit, but were not able to prevail. The trio of doubles wins claimed for Indiana the doubles point for the 10th time in 11 contests.
The Lady Vols tied the team score, 1-1, when Orlin earned a quick 6-1, 6-4 victory against Fischer at No. 5, her third win in four contests, but the Hoosiers tallied the next three points to clinch the team result. At court one, Jones dropped her match to Batty, 6-2, 6-2. Court four saw Schutte lose to Berdala, 6-4, 6-2. Griffith fell to McGaffigan in the second position, 7-5, 6-0.
The second Big Orange player to prevail was Schaub, who rallied from a loss in the first set at the third court for a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory. She ended a personal four-match losing streak with the win. The final contest to be completed was extremely close as Harris fell just short in a pair of tiebreakers at No. 6 to Perton, 7-6, 7-6.
Tennessee completes its challenging stretch of five straight road matches throughout February with a contest at Ohio State (5-2 entering Saturday's match versus Louisville) to begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The Lady Vols then return home and open Southeastern Conference play the following weekend, taking on No. 43 LSU (currently 5-1) at 5 p.m. on Friday and 60th-ranked Arkansas (currently 3-1) at 1 p.m. on March 5.