Sept. 17, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team concluded a successful weekend with three singles titles on Sunday at the St. Mary's Classic. The three-day tournament was held at the Goodfriend Tennis Center and Tyson Park in Knoxville, Tenn.
On center court, senior Blakeley Griffith quickly dispatched her second ranked opponent of the tournament, No. 117 Austin Smith of North Carolina, (6-4), (6-3). On the first day of the St. Mary's Classic, Griffith took down No. 59 Monica Dancevic of Georgia, (6-3), (6-2). She also swept North Carolina State's Daria Petrovic, (6-0), (6-3) on the second day of competition.
In the second flight of singles, Vicky Jones also made quick work of her finals adversary, winning (6-1), (6-4) over Georgia Bulldog Kelley Hyndman. She also defeated Masha Ilina (ETSU), (6-1), (6-1) in the first round and advanced to the finals after Ana Jerman (Wake Forest) was forced to retire in the second set with an injury.
Freshman Zsofia Zubor was the first Lady Vol to claim a singles title on Sunday, cruising past Kentucky's Christine Johnston in straight sets, (6-3), (6-0) to win the sixth flight early in the morning. The Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, native remains undefeated in singles play during her brief collegiate career after going a perfect 3-0 this weekend. She also beat Lauren Barry of N.C. State, (6-1), (6-2) and Kentucky's Caroline Winebrenner, (6-1), (7-6) (9), en route to her title.
None of UT's three singles titles winners dropped a single set throughout the entire tournament, winning all 18 in which they competed.
Three other Lady Vol athletes were also in competition on Sunday. Sophomore Samantha Orlin claimed a third-place finish in flight four with a win over Niels Barringer of N.C. State, (6-2), (6-4). Freshman Caitlin Whoriskey also picked up a victory over a Wolfpack foe, defeating Kristin Bleakely, (4-6), (7-6) (5), (6-2).
Junior Ghizela Schutte finished fourth in the third flight of singles following a loss to Meg Fanjoy of North Carolina, (6-4), (7-6) (7), while Connor Vogel placed eighth in flight four, falling to East Tennessee State's Tara Byrne, (6-2), (6-2).
The Lady Vols will next be in action when they head to Greenville, S.C., to compete in the Furman Fall Classic from Sept. 28-Oct. 1.
Blakeley Griffith (UT) def. Austin Smith (UNC), (6-4), (6-3)
Vicky Jones (UT) def. Kelley Hyndman (UGA), (6-1), (6-4)
Meg Fanjoy def. Ghizela Schutte (UT), (6-4), (7-6) (7)
Samantha Orlin (UT) def. Niels Barringer (NCST), (6-2), (6-4)
Tara Byrne (ETSU) def. Connor Vogel (UT), (6-2), (6-2)
Caitlin Whoriskey (UT) def. Kristin Bleakely (NCST), (4-6), (7-6) (5), (6-2)
Zsofia Zubor (UT) def. Christine Johnston (UK), (6-3), (6-0)