Senior Zsofia Zubor
March 12, 2010
By: Lindsey Williford, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The No. 12 University of Tennessee women's tennis team (8-5, 2-1 SEC) fought hard, but was unable to pick up the win over Southeastern Conference foe and No. 25 Vanderbilt (5-3, 2-1 SEC) on Friday evening at the Brownlee O'Curry, Jr. Tennis Center in Nashville, Tenn. The Commodores won the 5-2 decision and handed the Lady Vols their first conference loss of the season.
The Orange and White was first to crack the scoreboard, despite forfeiting the third doubles contest and being within one game of dropping the match on court one. Senior Caitlin Whoriskey and junior partner Maria Sorbello were able to come back, however, and pull out the win. Their opponents, Vanderbilt's Rachael Dillon and Heather Steinbauer, jumped out to a 7-4 lead, only needing one more game to close out the set, the match and claim the doubles point for the Commodores. The Lady Vol combo wasn't ready to stop playing just yet, winning the next three games to tie the score at 7-7. Both pairs went on to win one of the next two games, forcing a tiebreaker which UT won to emerge victorious, 9-8.
With that exciting match complete, all eyes turned to court two where Tennessee's 33rd-rated combo of junior Rosalía Alda and senior Zsófia Zubor was also locked in a tight battle with VU's Catherine Newman and Erica Robertson. With the outcome of games going back-and-forth, it would eventually stop with the score tied at 5-5. From then on, it was all in favor of the Lady Vols who collected the next three games to clinch the match, 8-5, and the team's 11th doubles point of the season.
For Whoriskey and Zubor, the wins marked career victories No. 97 and No. 98, respectively.
Singles play began with the score tied at 1-1 after UT also had to forfeit the last singles position. That seemed to spark Vanderbilt's fire as the Commodores won five of the six matches. The only Lady Vol who didn't suffer a setback was Zubor playing at the No. 4 roster spot. The Hungary native snagged an easy, 6-3, 6-4, victory over Keilly Ulery.
Shortly after Zubor finished, sophomore Katie Lee walked off the court after suffering a 7-5, 6-3 defeat at the hands of Dillon. VU's No. 107 Steinbauer then dropped Alda, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), and 67th-ranked Newman took out No. 10 Whoriskey, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), to clinch the team win for Vanderbilt.
The last to fall for Tennessee was the 47th-ranked Sorbello. After taking the first stanza, 6-3, over No. 85 Preeg, Sorbello couldn't snag the second, losing 7-5. From there, it was all Preeg, who took the third set with her own 6-3 score.
Tennessee will look to get past its first conference loss when it travels to face Kentucky on Sunday, March 14. First serve is set for 3 p.m. ET at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center in Lexington, Ky.
Live scoring for the contest will be available at www.UTLadyVols.com or at www.UKAthletics.com.
No. 25 Vanderbilt 5, No. 12 Tennessee 2
1: No. 67 Catherine Newman (VU) def. No. 10 Caitlin Whoriskey (UT) - 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
2: No. 85 Chelsea Preeg (VU) def, No. 47 Maria Sorbello (UT) - 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
3: No. 107 Heather Steinbauer (VU) def. Rosalía Alda (UT) - 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
4: Zsófia Zubor (UT) def. Keilly Ulery (VU) - 6-3, 6-4
5: Rachael Dillon (VU) def. Katie Lee (UT) - 7-5, 6-3
6: Hannah Blatt (VU) - Win by Forfeit
Order of finish: (6, 4, 5, 3, 1*, 2)
1: Caitlin Whoriskey/Maria Sorbello (UT) def. Rachael Dillon/Heather Steinbauer (VU) - 9-8
2: No. 33 Rosalía Alda/Zsófia Zubor (UT) def. Catherine Newman/Erica Robertson (VU) - 8-5
3: Chelsea Preeg/Keilly Ulery (VU) - Win by Forfeit
Order of finish: (3, 1, 2)
* Clinching point