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LADY VOL TENNIS DEALS LOUISIANA STATE A 6-1 LOSS
Castellvi was successful in both doubles and singles action.

Castellvi was successful in both doubles and singles action.

March 15, 2002

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.

The 10th-rated University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer tennis team improved to 4-1 in Southeastern Conference play on Friday with a 6-1 triumph over No. 33 Louisiana State. Co-head coaches Mike Patrick and Sonia Hahn-Patrick mixed things up in doubles, playing two new pairs to tally the win.

"We decided that it was time to try some new things," said Hahn-Patrick. "Our other lineup had two solid pairs, but between injuries and inconsistency, we were having trouble finding a combination that could score. This may not be the answer, but it's a step in the right direction."

UT's tandem of Vilmarie Castellvi and Agnes Wiski, currently rated No. 19 in the Omni Hotel Collegiate Doubles Rankings, took the No. 1 doubles tilt with an 8-3 decision. Crystal Cleveland and Majen Immink, who were playing together for the first time in the dual season, then clinched the doubles point by dealing Amy McIlhaney and Amanda Ming an 8-5 setback. Cleveland and Immink had a brief, but successful pairing this fall, and today's win improves their record to 5-0. At No. 3 Ashley Robards and Brooke Cordell, who have played together just once before, dropped a close 8-7 decision to Tami Botts and Perri Budd.

 

 

In singles action, Tennessee dropped only one of six outings to prevail. Senior Kim Gates raced off court two with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Botts. Cleveland then completed a 6-0, 6-2 win over Amy McIlhaney at No. 5 to extend UT's edge to 3-0. Robards clinched the match with a straight-set win at No. 6. Soon after, Ming downed Immink at No. 4 to tally LSU lone point. Castellvi and Wiski capped UT's evening by delivering the No. 1 and 3 tilts.

"The team is really playing well in singles right now," Patrick said. "There are about four players that have come through for us this season. Tonight, Kim Gates played great. Vilmarie Castellvi, Agnes Wiski and Crystal Cleveland are playing like the experienced veteran they are, and Ashley Robards has started to build her confidence at No. 6."

The Lady Vols, now 13-4, will play host to No. 55 Arkansas at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Lady Razorbacks bring a 5-8 record into Knoxville and are coming off a 7-0 loss to No. 1 Georgia.

AGATE RESULTS
Tennessee 6, LSU 1
Singles
1.#10 Vilmarie Castellvi (UT) def. Bruna Colosio (LSU)7-6(2), 6-4
2.Kim Gates (UT) def. Tami Botts (LSU)6-1, 6-1
3.#83 Agnes Wiski (UT) def. Rocio Fantilli (LSU)2-6, 6-0, 7-5
4.Amanda Ming (LSU) def. Majen Immink (UT)2-6, 4-6
5.Crystal Cleveland (UT) def. Amy McIlhaney (LSU)6-0, 6-2
6.Ashley Robards (UT) def. Perri Budd (LSU)6-2, 6-2
Doubles
1.No. 19 Castellvi/ Wiski (UT) def. Colosio/Fantilli (LSU)8-3
2.Cleveland/Immink (UT) def. McIlhaney/Ming (LSU)8-5*
3.Budd/Botts (LSU) def. Cordell/Robards (UT)8-7

*-clinched doubles point

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