Sept. 19, 2004
The University of Tennessee women's tennis team closed out the St. Mary's Fall Tennis Classic in successful fashion on Sunday, Sept. 19. Two Lady Vols won their flight championship matches, while two others earned second-place honors.
"I think we had a really great kick-off tournament," Tennessee Co-Head Coach Mike Patrick said. "The team worked really hard to prepare for this and I think that if we can continue to work hard and play like we did this weekend, it could be a really fun year for us."
No. 39 Sabita Maharaj (Gainesville, Fla.) opened her flight one championship match with a 6-1 first set win against No. 18 Karin Coetzee of Wake Forest. In the second set, Coetzee rallied with a 6-2 win and closed out the match with a 6-0 triumph over Maharaj in set three.
In flight two, a pair of UT netters met for the title as sophomore Victoria Jones (Tyne & Wear, U.K.) defeated freshman teammate Bryce Marable (Darien, Ill.), 6-1, 6-4, while junior Melissa Schaub (Lexington, Ohio) downed Wake Forest's Jenna Loeb, 7-5, 6-2 for the flight four championship. The wins allowed Jones and Schaub to become two-time champions over the weekend, as each had previously earned a doubles championship in Saturday's action.
Schaub, making a return to singles play this season after spending last year limited to doubles by a shoulder injury, was pleased wither her successes.
"It was a learning experience for me, having not played (singles) in awhile," Schaub said. "I was just trying to test out my shoulder and see how it felt. It was great to be out there competing and to play well here. It was an awesome weekend."
"I think she smiled more this weekend than she has in the past year," Patrick said of Schaub. "It was good for her to play and beat a quality competitor like she did today. It shows she's going in the right direction."
Sophomore Blakely Griffith's (Middleburg, Va.) bid for a title in flight three ended as Katie Martzolf of Wake Forest took the championship match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1.
In the consolation bracket, freshman Daron Moore (North Hollywood, Calif.) downed Lauren Osbourne of Furman, 6-2, 6-3 to earn fifth-place honors.
Next up for the Lady Volunteers is the National Tennis Invitational in New York, NY Oct. 9-11.