March 24, 2013
KNOXVILLE - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team jumped out to a 3-0 lead and closed the match with a three-set, comeback victory at the hands of freshman Tiffany Tavares to upset in-state rival No. 16 Vanderbilt 4-2 Sunday.
Up 3-2 and looking for the match point, Tavares came back from a 1-6 set one loss to rally to a 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Frances Altick sealing the upset for the Lady Vols over Vanderbilt.
"We came out and played great doubles and had good intensity," said co-head coach Mike Patrick. "We came out in singles and Vandy was taking it to us on a lot of courts. But we settled down, got back into the match. I am just proud of Tiffany. That is probably the best match that she has played since she has been here."
The Lady Vols, ranked 28th in the nation, improve to 7-6 overall and 5-2 in SEC play with the victory while Vanderbilt drops to 11-8 and 4-4 in SEC play.
"We have had great matches with Vandy for the last 20-something years," said Patrick. "They always have a quality team and we have had some great battles, but I am glad that we got this one."
The Lady Vols jumped out to a 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point for the second straight match.
Once again, Joanna Henderson and Caitlyn Williams got Tennessee off to a winning start with an 8-2 victory at No. 2 doubles while the nation's fourth-ranked doubles team of Brynn Boren and Kata Szkeley won its sixth-straight doubles match with an 8-2 win over No. 29 Lauren Mira and Courtney Colton.
Szekely and Boren kept the momentum going and helped to add to the Tennessee lead in singles play. Szekely gave UT its second point of the match with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Marie Casares at No. 2 singles.
A few minutes later No. 20 Boren defeated No. 46 Mira giving up just one game all match with a 6-0, 6-1 victory. The win put the Lady Vols up 3-0.
Vandy got a couple of points back with wins at No. 4 and 5 singles, but it was Tavares' comeback , three-set victory for the Lady Vols on court six that sealed the deal for Tennessee.
UT will look to use this weekend's sweep as momentum when they head to Texas A&M and Missouri this upcoming weekend.
"We aren't familiar with them, but everyone in the conference is good," said Patrick. "Texas A&M has beaten Florida so we have some opportunity there. We are looking forward to the trip."
The Lady Vols will face Texas A&M and Missouri for the first time as SEC opponents. UT will first take on A&M Friday night at 7 p.m. followed by a Sunday afternoon meeting with Missouri.
Tennis Match Results
Vanderbilt University vs Tennessee
Mar 24, 2013 at Knoxville, Tenn.
(Goodfriend Tennis Center)
#28 Tennessee 4, #16 Vanderbilt University 2
1. #20 Brynn Boren (UT) def. #46 Lauren Mira (VU) 6-0, 6-1
2. #40 Kata Szekely (UT) def. Marie Casares (VU) 6-3, 6-0
3. Caitlyn Williams (UT) vs. Courtney Colton (VU) 6-4, 1-6, 1-2, unfinished
4. Ashleigh Antal (VU) def. Joanna Henderson (UT) 6-4, 6-3
5. #74 Georgina Sellyn (VU) def. Mimi Fotopoulos (UT) 6-0, 6-1
6. Tiffany Tavares (UT) def. Frances Altick (VU) 1-6, 6-3, 6-1
1. #4 Brynn Boren/Kata Szekely (UT) def. #29 Lauren Mira/Courtney Colton (VU) 8-2
2. Caitlyn Williams/Joanna Henderson (UT) def. Ashleigh Antal/Marie Casares (VU) 8-2
3. Mimi Fotopoulos/Sarah Toti (UT) vs. Georgina Sellyn/Frances Altick (VU) 6-4, unfinished
Vanderbilt University 11-8, 4-4 SEC; National ranking #16
Tennessee 7-6, 5-2 SEC; National ranking #28
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,1,4,5,6)