March 10, 2006


GAINESVILLE, Fla. ­- The 31st-ranked University of Tennessee Lady Vol tennis squad (5-7, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) dropped its first league match of the season on Friday evening, falling to No. 6 Florida (9-1, 3-0 SEC) by a 7-0 score.

The three Gator doubles teams claimed their trio of contests by identical 8-3 scores to help Florida garner the doubles point. At No. 3, Lady Vol freshmen Stephanie Harris (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Samantha Orlin (Miami, Fla.) fell to Keri Robison and Nina Suvak.

Juniors Blakeley Griffith (Middleburg, Va.) and Victoria Jones (Tyne & Wear, U.K.) lost to 40th-ranked Lolita Frangulyan and Diana Srebrovic at court two. On the first court, senior Melissa Schaub (Lexington, Ohio) and sophomore Ghizela Schutte (Ninapark, South Africa) dropped their contest to Whitney Benik and Alexis Gordon.

Florida took a 2-0 lead when its No. 1 player, 35th-ranked Gordon, topped Jones by 6-1, 6-1 scores. The next match to finish saw Orlin drop a 6-4, 6-3 decision on the fifth court to Alex Liles.

Clinching the result for the Gators was No. 90 Benik, who rallied from a first-set loss to Griffith for a 3-6, 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 3. In the sixth position, Harris fell to Frangulyan, 6-1, 7-5.

At No. 4, Schutte lost in a tight match to Suvak, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7). The final match to finish came at court two, where Schaub fell to No. 6 Srebrovic, 6-4, 7-5.

The 2006 season marks the fifth consecutive in which UT has begun the SEC campaign with a 2-1 mark.



The Lady Vols continue their SEC road trip, heading north to Columbia, S.C., and a match with No. 19 South Carolina on Sunday. First serve will be at 1 p.m.

#6 Florida 7, #31 Tennessee 0
Singles competition
1. #35 Alexis Gordon (UF) def. Victoria Jones (TN) 6-1, 6-1
2. #6 Diana Srebrovic (UF) def. Melissa Schaub (TN) 6-4, 7-5
3. #90 Whitney Benik (UF) def. Blakeley Griffith (TN) 3-6, 6-1, 6-0
4. Nina Suvak (UF) def. Ghizela Schutte (TN) 6-3, 7-6 (9-7)
5. Alex Liles (UF) def. Samantha Orlin (TN) 6-4, 6-3
6. Lolita Frangulyan (UF) def. Stephanie Harris (TN) 6-1, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. Whitney Benik/Alexis Gordon (UF) def. Melissa Schaub/Ghizela Schutte (TN) 8-3
2. #40 Lolita Frangulyan/Diana Srebrovic (UF) def. Blakeley Griffith/Victoria Jones (TN) 8-3
3. Keri Robison/Nina Suvak (UF) def. Stephanie Harris/Samantha Orlin (TN) 8-3
Match Notes:
Tennessee 5-7, 2-1 SEC; National ranking #31
Florida 9-1, 3-0 SEC; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,5,3,6,4,2)


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