Crystal Cleveland moved into 3rd on the all-time Lady Vol singles win list
March 18, 2003
The No. 11 University of Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team extended its unbeaten streak to six matches on Tuesday by steamrolling 49th-rated BYU, 7-0, in Provo, Utah. The match was played indoors due to inclement weather. The Lady Vols moved to 14-3 on the year with the victory, while the Cougars fell further to 4-8.
"Coming here and playing at a high altitude is tough," said UT Co-Head Coach Mike Patrick. "We came out and played well, despite having some players that are sick. It was an impressive performance. We need to rest up now because two fine teams in North Carolina and Duke are next on our schedule. Those matches will be a big challenge for us."
The Orange and White got the match rolling by sweeping all three doubles matches from the Cougars. The first win came at the No. 2 slot, where junior Tammy Encina and sophomore Majen Immink remained undefeated on the year by disposing of freshman Hadley MacFarlane and sophomore Nicole Schneider, 8-3. The No. 36-rated duo is now 10-0 on the year at the second position.
Senior Vilmarie Castellvi and rookie Melissa Schaub, tabbed fifth nationally, secured the 1-0 UT lead after they registered an 8-5 decision over Leeza Klempner and senior Dominique Reynolds at the top of the doubles ladder. It was the tandem's 20th victory of the season, moving their record to 20-4 and 13-3 at the top slot.
At three doubles, senior Crystal Cleveland and freshman Sabita Maharaj disposed of the remaining Cougars with a 9-7 triumph over freshman Olga Boulytcheva and sophomore Rebecca Pike. Like the Lady Vols' No. 2 doubles team, Cleveland and Maharaj have yet to lose a match since joining forces at the No. 3 slot with a 6-0 record.
Third-ranked Castellvi was the first Lady Vol to finish in singles, as she dropped only one game to Reynolds at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-0. The win was her 10th in a row, equaling her longest streak of the 2002-03 campaign. Castellvi owns a remarkable 16-1 record at the top singles slot and is 31-4 overall.
The No. 56-rated Cleveland gave UT a 3-0 advantage when she won her 14th-straight match thanks to a 6-4, 6-2 decision at the expense of Boulytcheva. Cleveland's 14 wins in a row is a season-high for the team. Her last loss occurred on Feb. 1 versus Purdue. The Delray Beach, Fla., native currently stands at 24-7 on the season and 15-2 in dual match play.
Cleveland's victory also gave her sole possession of third place on Tennessee's all-time victories list. She overtook Wendy Anderson's mark of 115 and now owns a career record of 116-33.
Encina notched the Big Orange's 14th triumph of the season when she defeated Klempner in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 2 slot. Encina had not played singles for the Lady Vols the last three matches due to shin splints. She upped her record to 16-11 and 8-6 at two singles with the win.
Schaub's contest at four singles with Pike concluded soon after Encina clinched the match. The first stanza was decided in a tiebreaker, which Schaub won, 7-3. In the second frame, Schaub prevailed by a 6-3 count to move to 17-12 on the season. It was the first time in her career that she played at a position lower than No. 3 singles.
UT's other rookie in the lineup, Maharaj, added to Tennessee's point total with a conquest of senior Tara Porter, 6-2, 6-2, at the fifth slot. It marked Maharaj's fourth-straight win, improving her ledger to 11-9 and 5-4 in duals.
Lady Vol sophomore Ashley Robards continued her hot stretch of play by posting her fifth consecutive win, defeating MacFarlane at the No. 6 hole, 6-2, 7-5, to close out UT's stay in Provo. All five of Robards' victories have come in straight sets. She is 13-11 on the year and 8-4 in dual match action.
Next up on the Lady Vols' docket is a pair of matches in the Tar Heel State with No. 12 North Carolina and No. 6 Duke on March 22 and 23. UNC and Duke will square off in Chapel Hill at 3 p.m. on March 20 before facing UT. Both of Tennessee's matches will be contested at noon.
Final Score: #11 Tennessee (14-3) 7, #49 BYU (4-8) 0
|No. 1||#3 Vilmarie Castellvi (UT) def. Dominique Reynolds (BYU)||6-1, 6-0|
|No. 2||Tammy Encina (UT) def. Leeza Klempner (BYU)||6-4, 6-4|
|No. 3||#56 Crystal Cleveland (UT) def. Olga Boulytcheva (BYU)||6-4, 6-2|
|No. 4||Melissa Schaub (UT) def. Rebecca Pike (BYU)||7-6(3), 6-3|
|No. 5||Sabita Maharaj (UT) def. Tara Porter (BYU)||6-2, 6-2|
|No. 6||Ashley Robards (UT) def. Hadley MacFarlane (BYU)||6-2, 7-5|
|Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2*, 4, 5, 6|
|No. 1||#5 Castellvi/Schaub (UT) def. Klempner/Reynolds (BYU)||8-5|
|No. 2||#36 Encina/Immink (UT) def. MacFarlane/Nicole Schneider (BYU)||8-3|
|No. 3||Cleveland/Maharaj (UT) def. Boulytcheva/Pike (BYU)||9-7|
|Order of Finish: 2, 1*, 3|
|* clinching point|