Feb. 26, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A 5-2 win over Ohio State (6-3) earned the 28th-ranked University of Tennessee Lady Vol tennis squad (3-6) a good ending to its challenging February stretch of five matches on the road. The Lady Vols claimed all three doubles match-ups for just the second time this season to gain momentum by earning the doubles point, and won the first four singles matches to be completed to quickly clinch the team win.
The No. 1 doubles team of senior Melissa Schaub (Lexington, Ohio) and junior Ghizela Schutte (Ninapark, South Africa) got things off to a good start for the Lady Vols with an 8-4 victory over Julie Blackmore and Caitlin O'Keefe.
The freshman duo of Stephanie Harris (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Samantha Orlin (Miami, Fla.) then topped Ciara Finucana and Kristin Messmer, 8-5, which was followed by the 56th-ranked pair of Blakeley Griffith (Middleburg, Va.) and Victoria Jones (Tyne & Wear, U.K.) defeating Angela DiPastina and Sonia Ruzimovsky by an 8-6 score.
The first singles match to finish play saw Jones claim a 7-5, 6-0 victory over O'Keefe at the No. 1 position. The love win in the second set was her second of the dual-match season, as she defeated Illinois' Momei Qu, 6-3, 6-0, on Jan. 28.
Schaub, in her first match at the No. 2 position this season after playing the first eight contests at 3, won for the second time in a row with a 7-5, 7-5 defeat of Ruzimovsky.
Orlin moved up as well, playing at No. 4 for the initial time in 2006 after splitting the season so far between 5 (five times) and 6 (three times), and acclimated well, rebounding from a second-set loss for a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Finucana. That win clinched the team victory for the Lady Vols, ending a four-match losing streak.
At court three, Griffith dropped her second set in a tiebreaker, but responded strongly with a dominating victory in the succeeding supertiebreaker to prevail over Blamore, 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), 1-0 (10-2).
In the final two contests, Schutte dropped her match at court five to Messmer, 6-3, 6-2, and Harris won her first set comfortably, but fell in a supertiebreaker in the third stanza to fall to DiPastina at court six, 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (11-9).
The Lady Vols now return home and open up Southeastern Conference play next weekend, taking on LSU (6-1 entering a match versus Houston on Wednesday) at 5 p.m. on Friday and Arkansas (4-1 with its SEC opener at Georgia on Friday) at
1 p.m. next Sunday.
#28 Tennessee 5, Ohio State 2
|1.||Victoria Jones (TN) def. Caitlin O'Keefe (OSU)||7-5, 6-0|
|2.||Melissa Schaub (TN) def. Sonia Ruzimovsky (OSU)||7-5, 7-5|
|3.||Blakeley Griffith (TN) def. Julie Blackmore (OSU)||7-5, 6-7 (3-7), 1-0 (10-2)|
|4.||Samantha Orlin (TN) def. Ciara Finucana (OSU)||6-2, 3-6, 6-3|
|5.||Kristin Messmer (OSU) def. Ghizela Schutte (TN)||6-3, 6-2|
|6.||Angela DiPastina (OSU) def. Stephanie Harris (TN)||2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (11-9)|
|1.||Melissa Schaub/Ghizela Schutte (TN) def. Julie Blackmore/Caitlin O'Keefe (OSU)||8-4|
|2.||#56 Blakeley Griffith/Victoria Jones (TN) def. Angela DiPastina/Sonia Ruzimovsky (OSU)||8-6|
|3.||Stephanie Harris/Samantha Orlin (TN) def. Ciara Finucana/Kristin Messmer (OSU)||8-5|
Tennessee 3-6; National ranking #28
Ohio State 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,2,4,3,5,6)