Sept. 19, 2008
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team opened the 2008 fall season with a strong day at the Virginia Invitational, claiming victory in five of seven singles contests and three of four doubles matches Friday at the Snyder Tennis Center in Charlottesville, Va. No. 37-ranked junior Caitlin Whoriskey, sophomores Rosalía Alda, Jennifer Meredith and Maria Sorbello and freshman Natalie Pluskota were all perfect on the day with wins in both their singles and doubles matches.
Alda started things off on the right foot for the Big Orange with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, triumph over 100th-ranked Nadine Fahoum of Old Dominion before the No. 37-rated Caitlin Whoriskey took down Virginia Commonwealth's Ana Bara in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1. Sorbello then followed with an impressive win over Kateryna Yergina, also of VCU, in her collegiate debut, 6-4, 6-3.
Also emerging victorious this afternoon were Meredith, who took down a third member of the VCU squad, tallying a 6-4, 2-6, 6-0, victory over Alex Bara, and Pluskota, who picked up a tight come-from-behind win over Joanna Dobrowolska of Old Dominion, 5-7, 7-6, 7-6. In other singles action, senior Samantha Orlin was defeated 6-1, 6-3, by Laura Burns of VCU, while Ram teammate Mihaela Bunea took out UT junior Zsófia Zubor, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
The Orange and White continued its solid play in doubles action, led by an 8-3 triumph by Zubor and Pluskota over the VCU combo of Alex and Ana Bara. The Tennessee tandem of Alda and Meredith also took down its opponent, the Ram duo of Yergina and Burns, 8-4, while the No. 33-rated pairing of Whoriskey and Sorbello, playing together for the first time, took home an 8-2 win over the Old Dominion duo of Charleen Haarhoff and Fahoum. The final doubles contest of the afternoon saw VCU teammates Bunea and Olena Leonchuk take out Orlin and Isabell Raich of Marshall, 8-2.
Following this weekend's action, Tennessee will hit the road once again to take part in the Furman Fall Classic in Greeneville, S.C., from Sept. 27-30. The Lady Vols will be without Whoriskey and Sorbello in that tournament, however, as the pairing will be on its way to Pacific Palisades, Calif., to compete in the ITA All-American Championships, Sept. 30-Oct. 5. Whoriskey earned a spot in the main qualifying singles draw and will attempt to repeat as doubles champion with a new teammate in Sorbello.
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA INVITATIONAL
Rosalia Alda (Tenn) def. No. 100 Nadine Fahoum (ODU) - 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
No. 37 Caitlin Whoriskey (Tenn) def. Ana Bara (VCU) - 6-4, 6-1
Maria Sorbello (Tenn) def. Kateryna Yergina (VCU) - 6-4, 6-3
Jennifer Meredith (Tenn) def. Alex Bara (VCU) - 6-4, 2-6, 6-0
Natalie Pluskota (Tenn) def. Joanna Dobrowolska (ODU) - 5-7, 7-6, 7-6
Laura Burns (VCU) def. Samantha Orlin (Tenn) - 6-1, 6-3
Mihaela Bunea (VCU) def. Zsofia Zubor (Tenn) - 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Zsófia Zubor/Natalie Pluskota (Tenn) def. Bara/Bara (VCU) - 8-3
Rosalía Alda/Jennifer Meredith (Tenn) def. Yergina/Burns (VCU) - 8-4
No. 33 Caitlin Whoriskey/Maria Sorbello (Tenn) def. Charleen Haarhoff/Nadine Fahoum (ODU) - 8-2
Mihaela Bunea/Olena Leonchuk (VCU) def. Samantha Orlin/Isabell Raich (Tenn/Marshall) - 8-2