May 12, 2007
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A day after dismantling its first round opponent, the 21st-ranked University of Tennessee women's tennis team (14-11) was unable to duplicate the feat, falling 4-0 to No. 16 Vanderbilt (19-8) in the second round of the NCAA Championships, Saturday afternoon at the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center in Nashville, Tenn.
"It's unfortunate that our season is over, but both Sonia (Hahn-Patrick) and I are very proud of how our team fought until the bitter end," UT co-head coach Mike Patrick said. "Vanderbilt is a tremendous team and they just got the better of us this afternoon."
"We put together a solid season with a very young team," Patrick said. "Hopefully, this will serve as a building block for success in years to come. We will take the experience that we gained this weekend and use it to become a better team next season."
For just the second time in its last nine matches, the Big Orange was unable to come away with the doubles point, dropping contests on the second and third courts. The Commodore duo of Taka Bertrand and Catherine Newman got their squad off on the right foot, defeating UT's combination of junior Ghizela Schutte and freshman Connor Vogel, 8-2, at the second position. Shortly thereafter, VU claimed the initial advantage of the match, with Courtney Ulery and Liberty Sveke taking out senior Blakeley Griffith and sophomore Samantha Orlin, 8-4, at the third spot in the lineup.
In singles play, Ulery continued to pad the VU lead, moving the score to 2-0 with a 7-5, 6-0, victory over Olin at five singles. The advantage continued to grow when the 36th-ranked Taylor downed Schutte in straight sets, 7-5, 6-0. The conclusion of the match came on court four, where No. 105 Bertrand took on Whoriskey. With a 7-5, 6-2 triumph, Bertrand gave her team the victory and a berth in the Round of 16 at the NCAA Team Championships to be hosted by the University of Georgia, May 18-22.
With the outcome of the match decided, the final three singles contests were halted. On center court, No. 26 Griffith was leading the 19th-rated Fish, 7-5, 2-1, while Zubor was in a third set with Caroline Ferrell at the sixth position after splitting the first two, 6-1, 3-6. At the third slot, Vogel was trailing No. 51 Newman, 2-6, 2-4.
Despite the team portion of the schedule concluding, three individual Lady Vols will continue playing this season when they travel to the University of Georgia May 23-28 for the NCAA Individual Championships. Griffith will compete in the singles draw, while Whoriskey and Zubor will team up to participate in the doubles competition.
|No. 16 Vanderbilt University 4, No. 21 Tennessee Lady Vols 0|
|1. No. 19 Amanda Fish (VU) vs. No. 26 Blakeley Griffith (UT)||7-5, 2-1, unfinished|
|2. No. 36 Amanda Taylor (VU) def. Ghizela Schutte (UT)||7-5, 6-0|
|3. No. 51 Catherine Newman (VU) vs. Connor Vogel (UT)||6-2, 4-2, unfinished|
|4. No. 105 Taka Bertrand (VU) def. Caitlin Whoriskey (UT)||7-5, 6-2|
|5. Courtney Ulery (VU) def. Samantha Orlin (UT)||7-5, 6-0|
|6. Liberty Sveke (VU) vs. Zsófia Zubor (UT)||1-6, 6-3, 1-0, unfinished|
|1. No. 8 Amanda Taylor/Amanda Fish (VU) vs. No. 28 Caitlin Whoriskey/Zsófia Zubor (UT)||5-4, unfinished|
|2. Taka Bertrand/Catherine Newman (VU) def. Ghizela Schutte/Connor Vogel (UT)||8-2|
|3. Courtney Ulery/Liberty Sveke (VU) def. Blakeley Griffith/Samantha Orlin (UT)||8-4|
|Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,2,4)|