March 10, 2013
KNOXVILLE - It was a tough battle, but the University of Tennessee women's tennis team came away with the hard fought 4-3 victory over Ole Miss Sunday afternoon in its first outdoor match of the 2013 season at Barksdale Stadium.
Tennessee closed out its five-game home stand with a 4-1 record.
"We played good doubles at all three spots and No. 1 has just been unbelievable so hopefully we keep that up as we go on the road next weekend," said co-head coach Mike Patrick. "They had a good weekend and doubles was key for us today for sure."
The Lady Vols improved to 4-5 on the year and 2-1 in the SEC with the victory also winning their fourth-straight meeting in Knoxville over the Rebels. Ole Miss dropped to 2-8 on the season and are still winless in SEC play (0-4) falling for the fifth consecutive match.
Tennessee started the day off with a doubles sweep for the second match in a row. Brynn Boren and Kata Szkeley continued to dominate at No. 1 doubles as the nation's fifth-ranked team routed their opponent for the second consecutive match 8-0.
With the win, Szekely took sole control of 12th place on the all-time doubles wins list with 89.
Joanna Henderson and Caitlyn Williams secured the doubles point for the Lady Vols with a 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles and Mimi Fotopoulos and Sarah Toti sealed the sweep with a comeback 8-6 win on court three.
Though the doubles were a clean sweep, the singles competition was a battle.
Ole Miss tied things up at one-all when Julia Jones defeated Williams in straight sets 6-0, 6-3 at No. 3 doubles. However, Tennessee regained its lead after No. 43 ranked Szekely downed her No. 2 singles opponent Mai El Kamash 6-4, 6-3 to give the Lady Vols a 2-1 lead.
Ole Miss netted the next two points of the match as Vief Vlaar came back to defeat Tiffany Tavares in a three set, fast-paced victory 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 on court six while Fotopoulos fell 7-5, 6-1 at No. 5 singles to Marija Milutinovic giving the Rebels a 3-2 match lead.
But the Lady Vols were not done. Henderson who took her first set on court four by a 6-4 score, fell 6-0 in the second set. She started the third set behind, but battled and came away with a 6-4 victory to even the match score at three-all.
Just a mere minutes later, the match was decided by Boren on court one as the 21st ranked player in the nation defeated her 39th ranked opponent Rhode-Moe 7-6 (5), 6-4 as the Lady Vols earned their second-straight win.
"This was a great team confidence booster," said Boren. "For Jo [Henderson] to pull that match out, Kata [Szekey] to pull hers out, win the doubles point, to win this match it just meant everything to the team to be 4-5, one game away from .500. It is just awesome. I can't wait for next weekend."
Tennessee will head out on the road for the first time in nearly a month when they travel to face No. 35 South Carolina and No. 5 Florida next weekend. Action begins in Columbia on Friday, March 15 at 5 p.m.
Tennis Match Results
Ole Miss vs Tennessee
Mar 10, 2013 at Knoxville, Tenn.
#62 Tennessee 4, #50 Ole Miss 3
1. #21 Brynn Boren (UT) def. #39 Caroline Rohde-Moe (OM) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
2. #43 Kata Szekely (UT) def. Mai El Kamash (OM) 6-4, 6-3
3. Julia Jones (OM) def. Caitlyn Williams (UT) 6-0, 6-3
4. Joanna Henderson (UT) def. Erin Stephens (OM) 6-4, 0-6, 6-4
5. Marija Milutinovic (OM) def. Mimi Fotopoulos (UT) 7-5, 6-1
6. Vief Vlaar (OM) def. Tiffany Tavares (UT) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
1. #5 Brynn Boren/Kata Szekely (UT) def. #46 Caroline Rohde-Moe/Marija Milutinovic (OM) 8-0
2. Joanna Henderson/Caitlyn Williams (UT) def. Mai El Kamash/Erin Stephens (OM) 8-2
3. Mimi Fotopoulos/Sarah Toti (UT) def. Julia Jones/Iris Verboven (OM) 8-6
Ole Miss 2-8, 0-4 SEC; National ranking #50
Tennessee 4-5, 2-1 SEC; National ranking #62
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,2,6,5,4,1)