Sabita Maharaj was victorious at No. 5 singles
March 16, 2003
The 11th-rated University of Tennessee Lady Vol tennis squad claimed its fifth-straight victory Sunday afternoon with a 7-0 whitewashing of the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks in Fayetteville, Ark. With the win, the Orange and White improved to 13-3 and 5-1 in conference play. The Lady'Backs dropped to 7-7 and remained winless in the SEC at 0-6 with the loss.
Tennessee got started on the right foot by winning the doubles point for the 14th time this season. The first victory came at the No. 2 slot, where the 36th-rated duo of junior Tammy Encina and sophomore Majen Immink won their ninth match in a row, defeating sophomore Simona Arghire and rookie Melissa Cornett, 8-6. The win kept their perfect 9-0 record in tact as well. Senior Crystal Cleveland and freshman Sabita Maharaj clinched the point at the third position over junior Megan Ferreira and sophomore Whitney Morton by virtue of an 8-6 margin. Cleveland and Maharaj are undefeated on the year as well at 5-0.
Arkansas got their lone victory on the day at the No. 1 doubles slot. UT senior Vilmarie Castellvi teamed with sophomore Breanna Kray and fell, 8-6, to junior Anna Dybicz and sophomore Iliana Pacheco. Castellvi normally pairs up with freshman Melissa Schaub to form the nation's No. 5-ranked duo, but Co-Head Coaches Mike Patrick and Sonia Hahn-Patrick decided to give the rookie a rest.
In the singles, the No. 3-tabbed Castellvi registered her ninth consecutive victory, defeating Arghire in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2. The win gave the Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, native her 30th win of the year and upped her overall mark to 30-4 and 15-1 in dual matches. It marked her third-straight season with at least 30 wins as well.
Kray gave UT a 3-0 advantage when she disposed of sophomore Katie Horne, 6-2, 6-1, for her ninth triumph of the year. It also marked Kray's first appearance in singles since Feb. 8 when she filled the No. 4 hole against Northwestern.
Maharaj secured the victory for UT when she upended Ferreira at three singles, 6-1, 6-2. It was Maharaj's third win in a row and moved her back over the .500 mark on the season at 10-9.
The next point for the Big Orange came courtesy of Immink at the No. 5 spot. She took out Cornett in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, for her third win of the year.
Tennessee held a 6-0 lead after No. 56 Cleveland won her 13th-straight match, cruising by Dybicz, 6-2, 6-4, at two singles. Her record improved to 23-7 and 14-2 in dual match play with the win. Cleveland's victory also tied her with Wendy Anderson for third on the school's all-time list with 115.
Sophomore Ashley Robards finished up the singles sweep for the Lady Vols with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Pacheco at No. 4 singles. Like Maharaj, Robards moved back over .500 to 12-11 with the victory. It was also her fourth-straight triumph.
Tennessee will head to Provo, Utah, for its next matchup with No. 49 BYU on March 18. The match is scheduled to begin at noon MST.
Final Score: #11 Tennessee (13-3, 5-1 SEC) 7, Arkansas (7-7, 0-6) 0
|No. 1||#3 Vilmarie Castellvi (UT) def. Simona Arghire (ARK)||6-1, 6-2|
|No. 2||#56 Crystal Cleveland (UT) def. Anna Dybicz (ARK)||6-2, 6-4|
|No. 3||Sabita Maharaj (UT) def. Megan Ferreira (ARK)||6-1, 6-2|
|No. 4||Ashley Robards (UT) def. Iliana Pacheco (ARK)||6-3, 6-3|
|No. 5||Majen Immink (UT) def. Melissa Cornett (ARK)||6-3, 6-4|
|No. 6||Breanna Kray (UT) def. Katie Horne (ARK)||6-2, 6-1|
|Order of Finish: 1, 6, 3*, 5, 2, 4|
|No. 1||Dybicz/Pacheco (ARK) def. Castellvi/Kray (UT)||8-6|
|No. 2||#36 Immink/Tammy Encina (UT) def. Arghire/Cornett (ARK)||8-6|
|No. 3||Cleveland/Maharaj (UT) def. Ferreira/Whitney Morton (ARK)||8-6|
|Order of Finish: 2, 3*, 1|
|* clinching point|