Sept. 19, 2003

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The University of Tennessee women's tennis team had a successful first day at the St. Mary's Fall Tennis Classic on Friday, Sept. 19, as seven players won their singles matches, while a pair of Lady Vol tandems snared two victories apiece to advance to the finals of their respective flights tomorrow.

With last year's No. 1-ranked collegiate player, Vilmarie Castellvi, having graduated to the professional ranks, senior Tammy Encina showed she has got what it takes to fill Tennessee's top spot, as she cruised by No. 75 Amy Walgenbach of Purdue in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, in the first flight. Encina, ranked 27th nationally, will face No. 36 Jessica Roland of Texas A&M on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Other Lady Vols who claimed singles victories on Friday and advanced to tomorrow's semifinals include Sabita Maharaj, Blakeley Griffith, Victoria Jones, Erin Cohn and Claudia Farace. Also advancing to the semifinals is junior Ashley Robards, who had a first-round bye. Senior Melinda Morrow defeated Emily Howard of Ohio State, 6-3, 6-1, in round-robin action and will play again on Sunday against North Carolina State's Allison Barry.



In first flight doubles play, Encina and Jones defeated Roland and Vieira of Texas A&M, 8-6, and Zuccarini and Haynor of Purdue, 8-4, en route to a championship showdown with the nation's fourth-ranked combo, Cline and Mojzis of North Carolina, on Saturday afternoon. Tennessee's pairing of Maharaj and Griffith will also meet a North Carolina duo, Bairos and Long, in the finals of flight three after racking up two triumphs on Friday, coasting by Romero and Stadelman of North Carolina State, 8-4, and Welch and Eckert of Furman, 8-3.

Also claiming a doubles win for the Lady Vols were Cohn and Farace, who will compete for third-place honors on Saturday against Howard and Bryan of Ohio State.

Saturday's action will begin with singles competition at 9 a.m. and will wrap up with doubles play in the afternoon. All matches will be held at UT Varsity Courts and Goodfriend Tennis Center.

Tennessee Results from Day One:

FLIGHT ONE:#27 Tammy Encina (UT) def. #75 Amy Walgenbach (Purdue)6-3, 6-3
FLIGHT TWO:Ashley Robards (UT) advances with bye
FLIGHT THREE:Sabita Maharaj (UT) def. Meredith Vincent (Ohio State)6-1, 6-2
FLIGHT FOUR:Blakeley Griffith (UT) def. Marti Morris (Furman)6-0, 6-0
FLIGHT FIVE:Victoria Jones (UT) def. Danielle Schwartz (Wake Forest)7-5, 7-6 (4)
FLIGHT SIX:Anna Lubinsky (Texas A&M) def. Breanna Kray (UT)6-1, 6-2
FLIGHT SEVEN:Erin Cohn (UT) def. Catie McLevish (Purdue)6-4, 6-2
FLIGHT EIGHT:Claudia Farace (UT) def. Emily Bomersback (Purdue)6-4, 6-1
ROUND ROBIN:Melinda Morrow (UT) def. Emily Howard (Ohio State)6-3, 6-1
FLIGHT ONE:Encina/Jones (UT) def. Roland/Vieira (Texas A&M)8-6
FLIGHT ONE:Encina/Jones (UT) def. Zuccarini/Haynor (Purdue)8-4
FLIGHT TWO:Spencer/Walker (Texas A&M) def. Kray/Robards (UT)8-6
FLIGHT TWO:Kray/Robards (UT) def. Schwartz/Hirsch (Wake Forest)8-5
FLIGHT THREE:Maharaj/Griffith (UT) def. Romero/Stadelman (North Carolina State) 8-4
FLIGHT THREE:Maharaj/Griffith (UT) def. Welch/Eckert (Furman)8-3
FLIGHT FOUR:Cohn/Farace (UT) def. Torres/L. Barry (North Carolina State)8-4
FLIGHT FOUR:DeCamilla/Volberg (Ohio State) def. Cohn/Farace (UT)8-6

The following is the schedule of matches for the Lady Vols tomorrow. Doubles play will begin after all singles matches have finished.

FLIGHT ONE:#27 Tammy Encina (UT) vs. #36 Jessica Roland (Texas A&M)1 p.m.
FLIGHT TWO:Ashley Robards (UT) vs. #99 Kendall Cline (North Carolina)12:30 p.m.
FLIGHT THREE:Sabita Maharaj (UT) vs. Ashlee Davis (Wake Forest)Noon
FLIGHT FOUR:Blakeley Griffith (UT) vs. Lauren Walker (Texas A&M)11:30 a.m.
FLIGHT FIVE:Victoria Jones (UT) vs. Sara Anudsen (North Carolina)11 a.m.
FLIGHT SIX:Breanna Kray (UT) vs. Danielle Stadelmann (North Carolina State)10:30 a.m.
FLIGHT SEVEN:Erin Cohn (UT) vs. Lindsey Adams (Ohio State)11:30 a.m.
FLIGHT EIGHT:Claudia Farace (UT) vs. Carmen Torres (North Carolina State)11 a.m.
*Encina/Jones (UT) vs. #4 Cline/Mojzis (North Carolina)following singles
Kray/Robards (UT) vs. Sufi/Rodriguez (Purdue)following singles
*Maharaj/Griffith (UT) vs. Bairos/Long (North Carolina)following singles
Cohn/Farace (UT) vs. Howard/Bryan (Ohio State)following singles

* Indicates tandem will play in championship match



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