Oct. 26, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee freshman Laurence Guevremont spent the most time on court of any Lady Vol on Saturday, but in the end, her efforts paid off.
Guevremont was unable to close out the match in the second set but refocused in the third to beat Ohio State's Ferny Angeles Paz 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 to finish second day competition at the Tennessee Fall Invitational inside Goodfriend Tennis Center.
Coupled with a lengthy doubles match -- which included a 27-minute service game -- Guevremont was on court for nearly four hours during the afternoon.
Guevremont and junior Joanna Henderson headlined UT's second day of the home tournament. Tennessee won two of six singles matches against Ohio State and two of three doubles matches against North Carolina State.
Henderson again provided a bright spot at the top of the lineup for the Lady Vols for the second day in a row. With late breaks of serve in both sets, she beat Gabriella DeSantis of Ohio State 7-5, 6-4 at the No 1 position.
"We had a couple people not feeling well today so we had to change our lineup a bit, but everyone stepped up and did a good job learning on the fly," Tennessee co-head coach Mike Patrick said. "Our doubles was better than yesterday and Jo again had an outstanding performance against another really good player from Ohio State.
"Ohio State had a lot of really good freshmen that competed well today, so it was a good match for us and a good measuring stick of where we are and where we need to get better."
In other matches, sophomore Tiffany Tavares went down at the No. 2 spot to Miho Kowase 3-6, 6-0, 6-1. Freshman Brittany Lindl lost to Sandy Nihaus at No. 3 by a 6-4, 6-3 score. Freshmen Victoria Olivarez fell 6-3, 6-0 to Grainne O'Neill at No. 5, and freshmen Ashlee Boles lost to Noelle Malley 6-1, 6-0.
The Lady Vols had to alter their Saturday lineup with the absence of Eve Repic, who was unable to play because of illness. Repic, a semifinalist at the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships earlier this week, had played No. 3 singles on Friday.
In afternoon doubles, Tennessee won two of three doubles matches against N.C. State.
Tavares and Olivarez were first off the court, defeating Sophie Nelson and Christy Sipes 8-3 at the No. 3 position. Moments later, Henderson and Caitlin Williams won their second consecutive match at the No. 1 position 8-1 against Nicole Martinez and Taylor Zaytoun.
Guevremont and Lindl played the most discussed match of the doubles session, though it ended in an 8-6 loss to Joelle Kissell and Rachael James-Baker. Guevremont served a 27-minute game at 6-6 before the Wolfpack duo broke and served out the match.
"She's a young freshman whose learning a lot," Patrick said. "She's got a lot to learn but she's learning a lot and putting herself in a position to win. Now it's just a matter of executing and finishing those chances."
On Sunday, Tennessee faces Ohio State in doubles at 1 p.m. and Kentucky in singles to follow.
"We've got one more event where a couple of people are going to play next week," Patrick said. "Over the last couple of weeks we've got to see how everybody is competing, what we need to work on, where we've improved, where we still need a lot more improvement. We're going to do a lot of private individual work between now and when they go home, and then it's up to them over the holidays to get prepared and come back in January ready to go."
Singles - Tennessee vs. Ohio State
1. Joanna Henderson, UT, def. Gabriella DeSantis, OSU, 7-5, 6-4
2. Miho Kowase, OSU, def. Tiffany Tavares, UT, 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
3. Sandy Niehaus, OSU, def. Brittany Lindl, UT, 6-4, 6-3
4. Laurence Guevremont, UT, def. Ferny Angeles Paz, OSU, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1
5. Grainne O'Neill, OSU, def. Victoria Olivarez, UT, 6-3, 6-4
6. Noelle Malley, OSU, def. Ashlee Boles, UT, 6-1, 6-0
Doubles - Tennessee vs. NC State
1. Henderson/Williams, UT, def. Martinez/Zaytoun, NCSU, 8-1
2. Kissell/James-Baker, NCSU, def. Lindl/Guevremont, UT, 8-6
3. Tavares/Olivarez, UT, def. Nelson/Sipes, NCSU, 8-3