March 9, 2007
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The 16th-ranked University of Tennessee women's tennis team (6-4, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) was unable to overcome a deep and talented Florida squad (11-0, 2-0 SEC) rated No. 1 in the nation, as it was defeated, 4-0, Friday afternoon on the UT Varsity Courts. The match was the Lady Vols' first against a top-ranked opponent since the 2001-02 campaign.
"There is a reason Florida is ranked No. 1 in the country," UT co-head coach Mike Patrick said. "Everyone in the SEC is a quality team and Florida is a perfect example of how talented this conference is. We learned a lot today and I am extremely proud of how well our young players competed.
"We have to bounce back and get ready for another tough opponent in South Carolina on Sunday," Patrick said. They have a lot of experience on their team and we will have to come ready to play."
The Gators were the first to crack the scoreboard, picking up the initial point of the match with wins in two of the three doubles contests. The UF tandem of Lolita Frangulyan and Anastasia Revzina used a streak of six straight points to close out an 8-2 victory over the UT pairing of senior Victoria Jones and freshman Zsófia Zubor. Florida clinched the doubles point with an 8-4 win by Whitney Benik and Nina Suvak at the top position over Lady Vol freshmen Connor Vogel and Caitlin Whoriskey.
Senior Blakeley Griffith and sophomore Samantha Orlin were leading, 7-4, at the second doubles spot over the 31st-ranked duo of Megan Alexander and Diana Srebrovic when the match was stopped due to the Gator's win on center court.
Florida quickly took control in singles play and never looked back, as it used a trio of victories to pick up its 11th win of the year. At the No. 2 spot in the lineup, Alexander, the 19th-ranked singles player in the nation, downed Vogel, 6-4, 6-2, to keep the momentum in the Gator's favor.
Benik then increased the UF lead to three with a 6-2, 6-3, win over Jones at the fifth slot before Suvak ensured the Gator triumph with a 7-5, 6-2, victory over Whoriskey on court three. Soon after Suvak clinched the match for Florida, the final three singles contests were halted prior to their completion.
No. 28 Srebrovic was leading the 22nd-ranked Griffith, 6-3, 5-2, on center court, while Revzina was ahead 7-5, 5-2, on Orlin at the No. 4 position. Zubor and No. 121 Frangulyan had just begun play in a third set, after splitting the first two. The score stood slightly in favor of Frangulyan, who led 7-5, 2-6, 1-0.
UT will close out this weekend's action with a home contest against South Carolina scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Orange and White will then travel to San Diego, Calif., to finish off the non-conference portion of their schedule with matches against No. 21 Duke and No. 2 Notre Dame at the San Diego Invitational. Tennessee will face the Blue Devils on March 14 and the Fighting Irish two days later, with first serve set for 1 p.m. ET in both contests.
|Florida 4, Tennessee 0|
|1. No. 22 Blakeley Griffith (UT) vs. No. 28 Diana Srebrovic (UF)||3-6, 2-5, unfinished|
|2. No. 19 Megan Alexander (UF) def. Connor Vogel (UT)||6-4, 6-2|
|3. Nina Suvak (UF) def. Caitlin Whoriskey (UT)||7-5, 6-2|
|4. Samantha Orlin (UT) vs. Anastasia Revzina (UF)||5-7, 2-5, unfinished|
|5. Whitney Benik (UF) def. Victoria Jones (UT)||6-2, 6-3|
|6. Zsófia Zubor (UT) vs. No. 121 Lolita Frangulyan (UF)||5-7, 6-2, 0-1, unfinished|
|1. Benik/Suvak (UF) def. Vogel/Whoriskey (UT)||8-4|
|2. Griffith/Orlin (UT) vs. No. 31 Alexander/Srebrovic (UF)||7-4, unfinished|
|3. Frangulyan/Revzina (UF) def. Jones/Zubor (UT)||8-2|