April 13, 2014
KNOXVILLE - Notching her first dual match singles victory, University of Tennessee freshman Ambika Pande sealed the Lady Vols' 4-0 victory over Middle Tennessee Sunday afternoon in the 2014 regular season finale.
Pande captured match point for Tennessee with a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 6 singles.
The day started and ended with singles play as Tennessee improved to 13-11 in 2014. Middle Tennessee fell to 10-9.
With all SEC play complete, the Lady Vols have earned the No. 6 seed in the SEC Tournament and will play the winner of the No. 11 vs. No. 14 match between LSU and Mississippi State on Thursday, April 17.
Victoria Olivarez put UT on the board first with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 5 singles. After beginning the match 0-2, Olivarez turned on the steam and rallied off eight straight points dropping just one game of the final 13 of her match for the win.
Minutes later, Eve Repic added to the Lady Vols lead with a 7-5, 6-1 victory on court one, her third straight and just moments after that Joanna Henderson made it a 3-0 match with a 6-1, 6-2 win on court two.
The Lady Vols will be back in action in the SEC Tournament this week.
** For seeds 6-9: Auburn, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee end the season 6-7 in the SEC. Amongst themselves, their records work out to Auburn and Tennessee 2-1 and Ole Miss and South Carolina 1-2, which then reverts to the two-team tiebreaker among the teams tied against each other. Tennessee defeated Auburn in the regular season so Tennessee becomes the #6 seed with Auburn at #7. South Carolina defeated Ole Miss in the regular season so South Carolina is the #8 seed and Ole Miss is the #9 seed.
Tennis Match Results
Middle Tennessee vs Tennessee
Apr 13, 2014 at Knoxville, Tenn.
#31 Tennessee 4, Middle Tennessee 0
1. Eve Repic (UT) def. Tiffany William (MT) 7-5, 6-1
2. Joanna Henderson (UT) def. Jesse Grace (MT) 6-1, 6-2
3. Laurence Guevremont (UT) vs. Nayara Moraes (MT) 5-3, 0-6, unfinished
4. Brittany Lindl (UT) vs. Irina Constantinide (MT) 6-2, 5-6, unfinished
5. Victoria Olivarez (UT) def. Flavia Nagayama (MT) 6-2, 6-1
6. Ambika Pande (UT) def. Sarah Sediri (MT) 6-2, 6-2
Middle Tennessee 10-9
Tennessee 13-11; National ranking #31
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (5,1,2,6)
Play begins with singles