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#10 Lady Vols Stifle UCF, 7-0



Feb. 25, 2012


ORLANDO - Disney World was nearby, but the 10th-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols tennis team didn't need any of Mickey's magic to record its fourth shutout of 2012, defeating UCF, 7-0, in the UT's first outdoor match of the season Saturday.

"Under the circumstances, they played pretty well," co-head coach Sonia Hahn-Patrick said. "It was really windy here. Central Florida is a team that has been playing outside the whole time and this was our first match outside. Considering that, it was good."

For the fourth consecutive time and ninth in their last 10 outings, the Lady Vols walked away winners, improving their overall record to 9-3.

Playing their previous 11 matches inside, the outdoor elements were a concern, but the Lady Vols took care of business.

"I thought that they actually handled it with a lot of maturity," Hahn-Patrick said. "The last couple days that we practiced outside it's been windy anyway. I think they knew what to expect as far as actually executing and producing what you need to despite the wind. They did a good job."

Extending its program record to open a season, Tennessee locked up the doubles point for the 12th consecutive time, via victories from its top two tandems of Brynn Boren and Sarah Toti and Joanna Henderson and Kata Szekely.

The Lady Vols registered straight-set singles wins from No. 34 Boren, Toti and Caitlyn Williams to clinch the win, while also picking up victories from No. 37 Szekely, Henderson and Grace.

In doubles, Henderson and Szekely used an 8-1 decision over Jenna Doerfler and Courtney Griffith to improve to 8-1 and win their fourth straight together, all of which have come by an 8-3 advantage or better.

For the eighth time this season, the second-ranked duo in the country (Boren/Toti) clinched the doubles point for UT. Winners of 15 consecutive matches dating back to the fall and 12-0 in dual-match play, Boren and Toti used an 8-3 tilt over Genevieve Lorbergs and Alexis Rodriguez for their latest triumph.

Jesse Grace and Williams lost, 8-3, to cap doubles action - but the Lady Vols still maintained a 1-0 lead.

In singles, UT got off to a fast start winning five of six opening sets.

Boren parlayed hers into a third consecutive win from the No. 1 spot, recording a 6-2, 6-3 score over Lorbergs to give the Lady Vols a 2-0 lead.

Her doubles partner, Toti, returned to the win column with a 6-4, 6-3 mark over Taylor Dubins to put the Lady Vols ahead 3-0.

For the third consecutive match, the match-clinching point came from Williams, who has now won a team-high four consecutive contests. The Knoxville native moved to 5-0 in weekend openers with a 6-4, 6-1 advantage over Doerfler.

Szekely quickly followed suit, winning her third straight and moving to 5-0 this season from the No. 2 position with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Rodriguez.

The top-half of the lineup (Boren, Szekely and Williams) is a combined 6-0 in the last three matches in senior Natalie Pluskota's absence.

Celebrating her 18th birthday in style, Henderson snapped a two-match losing skid to win her first match from the No. 5 spot. Henderson defeated Josephine Haraldson 7-6 (5), 6-4, to improve to 6-4 in dual-match play.

It was down to Grace to determine whether the Lady Vols would pick up another shutout. Playing in just her third career match, the South Africa native had lost her first set, 3-6, and battled back to win her second stanza, 6-4.

Deciding the match in a 10-point tiebreaker, Grace jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the final set. After Germantown, Tenn., native Allison Hodges retaliated to tie it at seven, Grace took three of the next four points to notch her first career victory and ensure Tennessee's shutout.

The Lady Vols will bring momentum back to Knoxville to open SEC play next weekend. Tennessee hosts No. 2 Florida on Friday at 5 p.m. ET and No. 26 South Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Admission to both matches is free. The first 200 students to arrive at Friday's match vs. Florida will receive free Moe's.

#10 Tennessee 7, UCF 0
Singles

1. #34 Brynn Boren (UT) def. Genevieve Lorbergs (UCF) 6-2, 6-3
2. #37 Kata Szekely (UT) def. Alexis Rodriguez (UCF) 6-2, 6-4
3. Caitlyn Williams (UT) def. Jenna Doerfler (UCF) 6-4, 6-1
4. Sarah Toti (UT) def. Taylor Dubins (UCF) 6-4, 6-3
5. Joanna Henderson (UT) def. Josephine Haraldson (UCF) 7-6 (5), 6-4
6. Jesse Grace (UT) def. Allison Hodges (UCF) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8)

Doubles
1. #2 Brynn Boren/Sarah Toti (UT) def. Genevieve Lorbergs/Alexis Rodriguez (UCF) 8-3
2. Kata Szekely/Joanna Henderson (UT) def. Jenna Doerfler/Courtney Griffith (UCF) 8-1
3. Taylor Dubins/Andrea Yacaman (UCF) def. Caitlyn Williams/Jesse Grace (UT) 8-3

Order of finish: Doubles (2, 1, 3); Singles (1, 4, 3, 2, 5, 6)
Records: Tennessee (9-3), UCF (3-7)

 

 

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