Maharaj won her sixth straight match today.
Oct. 20, 2002
Freshman Sabita Maharaj of the University of Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team needed three sets on Sunday to dispose of Georgia Tech's Mysti Morris, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, to win the second flight at the June Stewart Invitational in Nashville. The tournament was hosted by Vanderbilt University.
Maharaj is now 6-3 this fall and has won six straight after a 0-3 start. The Gainesville, Fla., native's win also marked her second straight singles title, claiming her first in flight No. 3 at the St. Mary's Fall Classic two weeks ago in Knoxville.
In other action, junior Tammy Encina won her match with Jessica Johnson of Maryland, 6-2, 7-6(1), to claim fifth place in flight one. Sophomore Ashley Robards fell to Purdue's Lara Burgarello, 6-4, 6-1, in a battle for third place in flight four, while fellow sophomore Claudia Farace took seventh in flight five with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Sekitu Grant of Georgia Tech. Sophomore Breanna Kray dropped her match with Kentucky's Shannon Stafford, 6-4, 6-1, to finish in fourth place in the fifth flight.
The next tournament on the Lady Vols' schedule is the SEC Coaches Tournament in Peachtree City, Ga., on Nov. 7-10. Senior Vilmarie Castellvi, the nation's current No. 1-ranked player, will travel to Dallas, Texas, that weekend to compete in the Omni Hotels National Indoors. The indoors are one of three national championship events during the 2002-03 season.
Flight 1: Tammy Encina (UT) def. Jessica Johnson (Maryland) 6-2, 7-6(1)
Flight 2: Sabita Maharaj (UT) def. Mysti Morris (Georgia Tech) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2
Flight 4: Lara Burgarello (Purdue) def. Ashley Robards (UT) 6-4, 6-1
Flight 5: Claudia Farace (UT) def. Sekitu Grant (Georgia Tech) 6-3, 6-1
Flight 5: Shannon Stafford (Kentucky) def. Breanna Kray (UT) 6-4, 6-1