March 11, 2004
The Lady Vols rolled to victory in each of the six singles and three doubles matches, giving the 36th-ranked University of Tennessee women's tennis team a 7-0 win over the University of Hawai'i on Wednesday afternoon. With their third victory in a row, the Lady Vols improve to 8-7 overall and 3-1 in the Southeastern Conference, while the Rainbow Wahine fall to 7-6 on the year.
UT started doubles play in dominant fashion, as the tandem of senior Tammy Encina (Miami Beach, Fla.) and sophomore Melissa Schaub (Lexington, Ohio) blanked UH's Lauren Fitzgerald and Paige Mainor, 8-0, at the No. 1 position. Sophomore Sabita Maharaj (Gainesville, Fla.) and junior Ashley Robards (Henderson, Ky.) then seized the doubles point for Tennessee with an 8-2 triumph over Justine Boutet and Kimberly Curtis at the No. 2 spot.
Completing the Big Orange doubles sweep, juniors Majen Immink (Kent, U.K.) and Breanna Kray (Surrey, B.C., Canada) posted an 8-2 win against Samantha Cappella and Sylvia Jaros at the No. 3 slot. The Immink/Kray tandem now boasts a record of 7-2 this season.
Tennessee continued to roll in singles play, as freshman Blakeley Griffith (Middleburg, Va.) started the Lady Vols off by downing Paige Mainor, 6-1, 6-2, at the No. 4 position. The victory, which was Griffith's ninth in the last 10 matches, gives her a team-best record of 24-6 this season.
Another UT freshman wasted little time taking care of her opponent, as Victoria Jones (Tyne & Wear, U.K.) handed UH's Kana Aikawa a 6-1, 6-1 defeat at No. 6 singles. With her fourth win in a row, Jones improves to 15-9 on the season.
Encina, currently ranked 24th in the nation, then clinched the match for Tennessee by taking out Boutet, 6-1, 6-1, at the No. 2 spot. After claiming All-America honors last year as a junior, Encina has played at No. 2 for the past three matches while trying to return to form from an injury that put her out of the Lady Vols' lineup earlier this spring. So far, the senior is undefeated with a 3-0 mark at the No. 2 position.
Next, Immink notched her sixth consecutive singles win with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Curtis in the No. 5 slot. Immink's record currently stands at 15-6 this year.
At the No. 1 singles position, 73rd-ranked Maharaj registered a 6-3, 3-6, (10-0) win against Fitzgerald to increase the match score to 6-0 in favor of the Orange and White. After having a four-match win streak snapped last Sunday against LSU, Maharaj's win against Hawai'i improves her record to 19-9.
Finally, UT's Robards downed Jaros by a count of 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 3 spot, completing the 7-0 sweep. The Lady Vols have defeated the Rainbow Wahine in each of the three meetings between the squads. Tennessee also claimed victories over UH in 2000 and 1996.
UT will continue its Hawaiian stay, as the Lady Vols head back to Hilo on the Big Island to battle No. 6 Duke on Fri., March 12 and No. 18 Notre Dame on Sat., March 13. After returning from the Aloha State, Tennessee continues a string of six matches in 12 days, as it plays host to 10th-ranked Texas on Wed., March 17, 33rd-ranked Mississippi on Fri., March 19 and Mississippi State on Sun., March 21
#36 Tennessee vs. Hawai'i
Honolulu, Hawai'i. - March 10, 2004
Final score: UT 7, UH 0
No. 1 Sabita Maharaj (UT) def. Lauren Fitzgerald, 6-3, 3-6, (10-0)
No. 2 Tammy Encina (UT) def. Justine Boutet, 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 Ashley Robards (UT) def. Sylvia Jaros, 6-4, 6-2
No. 4 Blakeley Griffith (UT) def. Paige Mainor, 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 Majen Immink (UT) def. Kimberly Curtis, 6-2, 6-1
No. 6 Victoria Jones (UT) def. Kana Aikawa, 6-1, 6-1
Order of finish: 4, 6, 2*, 5, 1, 3
No. 1 Encina/ Melissa Schaub (UT) def. Fitzgerald/Mainor, 8-0
No. 2 Robards/ Maharaj (UT) def. Boutet/Curtis, 8-2
No. 3 Immick/ Breanna Kray (UT) def. Jaros/Samanta Capella, 8-2
Order of finish: 1, 2*, 3