March 15, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The University of Tennessee womens' tennis team earned its third-straight SEC match win after defeating No. 32 South Carolina 4-2 Friday night.
With the win, the Lady Vols even their record out at 5-5 and improve to 3-1 in SEC action while South Carolina fell to 8-6 and 1-3 in conference play.
"This was a great team match today," said co-head coach Mike Patrick. "We came back after doubles with a tough competitive spirit and fought hard on every court and sealed a team win.
Despite No. 4 Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely earning their 28th doubles victory of the season and third in SEC play with a 8-6 win over their South Carolina counterparts, the Lady Vols dropped the doubles point to begin the match Friday.
The defeat made no mark on the Lady Vols' single game as Tennessee took four of six matches to earn their third-straight victory, and third in SEC play.
No. 20 ranked Boren evened things up at one-all with a brisk 6-2, 6-2 victory over No. 78 Jaklin Alawi at No. 1 singles.
Szekely, the 40th ranked player in the country gave the Lady Vols a 2-1 lead with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over No. 102 Katerina Popova, but the Gamecocks battled back to even things at two-all as Tiffany Tavares fell on court six 6-2, 6-4 to Josefin Anderson at No. 6 singles.
The Lady Vols gained the edge once again as Joanna Henderson finished with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Dominika Kanakova and Tennessee clinched the game-winning point as Mimi Fotopoulos finished with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over South Carolina's Ximena Siles Luna.
Caitlyn Williams' No. 3 singles match against Elixane Lechmia was halted at three-all in the third set (6-3. 1-6, 3-3) after Fotopoulos earned the match win.
The Lady Vols will look to keep the win-streak going on Sunday, March 17 at 1 p.m. against the No. 4 Florida Gators in Gainesville.
Tennis Match Results
Tennessee at South Carolina
Mar 15, 2013 Columbia, S.C.
(South Carolina Stadium)
#44 Tennessee 4, #32 South Carolina 2
1. #20 Brynn Boren, UT, def. #78 Jaklin Alawi, USC, 6-2, 6-2
2. #40 Kata Szekely, UT, def. #102 Katerina Popova, USC, 6-3, 6-2
3. Elixane Lechemia, USC, vs. Caitlyn Williams, UT, 3-6, 6-1, 3-3 unf.
4. Joanna Henderson, UT, def. Dominika Kanakova, USC, 6-3, 6-4
5. Mimi Fotopoulos, UT, def. Ximena Siles Luna, USC, 6-1, 6-3
6. Josefin Andersson, USC, def. Tiffany Tavares, UT, 6-2, 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 6, 4, 5
1. #4 Boren/Szekely, UT, def. Alawi/Kanakova, USC, 8-6
2. Popova/Andersson, USC, def. Henderson/Williams, UT, 8-6
3. Lechemia/Siles Luna, USC, def. Sarah Toti/Fotopoulos, UT, 8-1
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2