March 14, 2010
By: Lindsey Williford, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The 12th-rated University of Tennessee Lady Vol tennis squad claimed its third Southeastern Conference win on Sunday afternoon with a 7-0 sweep of the Kentucky Wildcats at the Boone Tennis Complex in Lexington, Ky. With the win, the Orange and White improved to 9-5 and 3-1 in conference play. The Wildcats dropped to 1-11 and remained winless in the SEC at 0-4 with the loss.
Tennessee got started with business as usual by claiming the doubles point for the 12th time this season. The first victory came at the No. 1 slot, where the duo of senior Caitlin Whoriskey and junior Maria Sorbello won their seventh match in a row, defeating Caroline Lilley and Minnette Pienaar, 8-0. The win kept the UT duo's perfect 7-0 record intact, as well. Clinching the doubles point for Tennessee was sophomore Katie Lee and her rookie partner Kata Szekely. This match marked the first time Szekely has played competitively since a foot injury she suffered late last fall. The pair dropped only one game en route to the 8-1 win over UK's Elle Coldiron and Nicole Scats on court three.
The Big Orange dominated the singles portion of the contest, winning all but two matches in straight sets. Zubor gave UT its second point of the day at the No. 5 lineup spot by defeating Pienaar, 6-2, 6-0.
Within minutes of Zubor's victory, Whoriskey collected her own at the top roster position. The nation's 10th-ranked singles player dispatched No. 114 Broderick, 6-3, 6-1. With the triumph, Whoriskey increased her overall record to 22-9 and her conference mark to 3-1.
No. 47 Sorbello secured the Lady Vol's ninth win at the No. 2 slot, after her match with the Wildcat's Lilley went into three sets. Sorbello took the first set, 6-0, but Lilley grabbed the second stanza, 6-4. The third frame was pushed to a 4-4 tie before Sorbello broke loose to claim games five and six and ultimately win, 6-4. This was the third time the Big Orange junior has clinched the team triumph this season.
Also returning from injury and fill the spot on court six was junior Jennifer Meredith. The Marietta, Ga., native gave up only one game in her easy defeat over UK's Scates, 6-1, 6-0.
The next point for Tennessee came courtesy of Lee at the No. 5 position. She took out Coldiron in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1, for her sixth win of the year and put UT within one point of completing its first sweep of the season.
The No. 3 singles contest between Alda and Johnston was the last to conclude, after being pushed into an extra set. Alda quickly took set one, 6-3, but Johnston edged the Lady Vol for the 7-5 win in the second set. Behind another 6-3 score, Alda was able to claim the triumph and finish off the 7-0 whitewashing of the Kentucky Wildcats.
Tennessee will have over a week's worth of rest from competition before making the trek to Baton Rouge, La., on Friday, March 26, for a 4 p.m. ET matchup with LSU. The Lady Vols will then quickly head home to square off against Arkansas on Sunday, March 28. First serve is scheduled for Noon at the Varsity Tennis Courts. Live scoring will be available for both contests.
No. 12 Tennessee 7, Kentucky 0
1: No. 10 Caitlin Whoriskey (UT) def. Megan Broderick (UK) - 6-3, 6-1
2: No. 47 Maria Sorbello (UT) def. Caroline Lilley (UK) - 6-0, 4-6, 6-4
3: Rosalía Alda (UT) def. Christine Johnston (UK) - 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
4: Zsófia Zubor (UT) def. Minnette Pienaar (UK) - 6-2, 6-0
5: Katie Lee (UT) def. Elle Coldiron (UK) - 6-0, 6-1
6: Jennifer Meredith (UT) def. Nicole Scates (UK) - 6-1, 6-0
Order of finish: (4, 1, 2*, 6, 5, 3)
1: Caitlin Whoriskey/Maria Sorbello (UT) def. Caroline Lilley/Minnette Pienaar (UK) - 8-0
2: Megan Broderick/Christine Johnston (UK) def. No. 33 Rosalía Alda/Zsófia Zubor (UT) - 8-6
3: Katie Lee/Kata Szekely (UT) def. Elle Coldiron/Nicole Scates (UK) - 8-1
Order of finish: (1, 3, 2)
* Clinching point