March 1, 2002


The ninth-rated University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer tennis team opened its Southeastern Conference portion of its schedule in fine fashion on Friday, taking a 5-2 victory from the 11th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington, Ky. After dropping the doubles point, UT seized five of the six singles contests to extend it winning streak to six straight.

Senior Agnes Wiski and junior Vilmarie Castellvi upset the third-rated doubles pairing of Carolina Mayorga and Sarah Witten with an 8-6 decision. However, the Lady Vols were unable to come up with another doubles victory and headed into the singles portion of the match down 1-0.

Castellvi captured the No. 2 match with a 6-2, 6-3 decision over No. 44 Sarah Witten and senior Alison Ojeda took a 7-5, 6-3 triumph from Mayorga at the top spot to give Tennessee the lead. On court three, senior Kim Gates came from behind to score a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory over No. 77 Lauren Rookledge and put the Lady Vols within one point of taking the match. Wiski clinched the win for the Orange and White at No. 4 seizing a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 decision over Amy Trefethen.

With the match decided, junior Crystal Cleveland claimed the No. 5 match in the super tiebreak, after she and Leigh Bradwell split the first two sets. UK's Jill Buckley prevented a singles shutout by dealing Brooke Cordell a 6-2, 6-0 loss at No. 6.

"The team played hard at every position in this match," said co-head coach Sonia Hahn-Patrick. "The SEC is stacked as far as talent goes, so every match you have to compete hard to win. Our veterans are really playing well right now and that has made the difference."



The Lady Vols improve to 10-3 overall, 1-0 in the SEC, while Kentucky falls to 7-2 overall, 0-1 in league play. Tennessee will take on No. 2 Vanderbilt on Sunday in Nashville. The match is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. CT.

1.#17 Alison Ojeda, UT def. #31 Carolina Mayorga, UK7-5, 6-3
2.#8 Vilmarie Castellvi, UT def. #44 Sarah Witten, UK6-2, 6-3
3.Kim Gates, UT def. #77 Lauren Rookledge, UK3-6, 6-4, 6-1
4.#62 Agnes Wiski, UT def. Amy Trefethen, UK6-4, 5-7, 6-4
5.Crystal Cleveland, UT def. Leigh Bradwell, UK 6-1, 2-6, 1-0
6.Jill Buckley, UK def. Brooke Cordell, UT6-2, 6-0
1.#19 Wiski/Castellvi, UT def. #3 Witten/Mayorga, UK8-6
2.#60 Bradwell/Rookledge, UK def. #45 Ojeda/Cleveland, UT 9-8
3.#25 Trefethen/Jill Buckley, UK def. Cordell/Gates, UT8-2


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