March 28, 2004
The 26th-ranked University of Tennessee women's tennis team fell to the second-ranked University of Florida by a score of 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at Linder Stadium. The defending national champion Gators, who now have a win streak of 31 matches, improve to 15-0 overall and 8-0 in the Southeastern Conference, while the Lady Vols fall to 12-10 overall and 6-2 in the SEC.
In doubles play, the UT duo of senior Tammy Encina (Miami Beach, Fla.) and junior Majen Immink (Kent, U.K.) registered an impressive, 8-6 upset of eighth-ranked Alexis Gordon and Julie Rotondi at the No. 1 spot. After achieving a doubles ranking as high as 33rd last season, Encina and Immink were playing together for the first time since Jan. 24, 2004, as the Lady Vols have had to continually juggle their lineup this year due to multiple injuries.
Florida, however, would win the doubles point by virtue of victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. The 21st-ranked tandem of Jennifer Magley and Zerene Reyes defeated Sabita Maharaj (Gainesville, Fla.) and Ashley Robards (Henderson, Ky.), 8-4, at No. 2, while the pair of Boglarka Berecz and Nina Suvak downed Breanna Kray (Surrey, B.C., Canada) and Melissa Schaub (Lexington, Ohio), 8-6, at No. 3.
Highlighting singles play for Tennessee, freshman Victoria Jones (Tyne & Wear, U.K.) earned her 10th win in a row with a 6-2, 7-5 triumph over Suvak at the No. 6 position. During the win streak which dates back to Feb. 27, Jones has not lost even one set, as she now owns an overall record of 21-9 on the season.
In a return to her home town of Gainesville, UT's 85th-ranked Maharaj provided a strong test to second-ranked Gordon at No. 1 singles, however, Gordon prevailed with a 7-5, 6-3 victory. At the No. 2 singles slot, 27th-ranked Encina also put up a strong fight, but came up short by a count of 7-5, 6-2 to 31st-ranked Magley.
Rounding out singles play, 87th-ranked Reyes defeated Robards, 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 3 position, Berecz downed freshman Blakeley Griffith (Middleburg, Va.), 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 4 spot, and 100th-rated Dawaf took home a 6-0, 6-2 win over Immink at the No. 5 slot.
Of Tennessee's 10 losses this year, seven have come by scores of 4-3. Additionally, in their first 22 matches of the season, the Lady Vols have faced 19 ranked opponents and 14 teams that received bids to the 2003 NCAA Tournament.
The Lady Vols now have just three matches remaining this season before the SEC Championships, as Tennessee battles No. 5 Vanderbilt on Fri., April 2, No. 18 Kentucky on Sun., April 4, and No. 4 Georgia on Sat., April 10. This year's conference championships will be hosted by Vanderbilt over April 15-18 in Nashville.
#26 Tennessee vs. #2 Florida
Gainesville, Fla. - March 28, 2004
Final score: Florida 6, Tennessee 1
|No. 1||#2 Alexis Gordon (UF) def. #85 Sabita Maharaj (UT)||7-5, 6-3|
|No. 2||#31 Jennifer Magley (UF) def. #27 Tammy Encina (UT)||7-5, 6-2|
|No. 3||#87 Zerene Reyes (UF) def. Ashley Robards (UT)||6-0, 6-0|
|No. 4||Boglarka Berecz (UF) def. Blakeley Griffith (UT)||6-2, 6-1|
|No. 5||#100 Lindsay Dawaf (UF) def. Majen Immink (UT)||6-0, 6-2|
|No. 6||Victoria Jones (UT) def. Nina Suvak (UF)||6-2, 7-5|
|Order of finish: 3, 4, 5*, 2, 1, 6|
|No. 1||Encina/Immink (UT) def. #8 Gordon/Rotondi (UF)||8-6|
|No. 2||#21 Magley/Reyes (UF) def. Maharaj/Robards (UT)||8-4|
|No. 3||Berecz/Suvak (UF) def. Kray/Schaub (UT)||8-6|
|Order of finish: 2, 3*, 1|