Oct. 27, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee won a combined three matches on the second day of the Lady Vol Classic indoors at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.
The Lady Vols started Saturday's competition with senior Kata Szekely and junior Brynn Boren winning their 15th doubles match of the season together during doubles play against NC State. In afternoon singles matches, Szekely and sophomore Joanna Henderson each earned wins on courts 2 and 5 respectively.
After winning eight of nine matches to start the tournament Friday, injuries spelled the difference for the Lady Vols on Saturday as sophomore Caitlyn Williams was scratched from the lineup after doubles and Boren retired one game into the second set.
The six singles matches were tight from the start as the Lady Vols and Ohio State split first sets.
Boren was first off the court when she retired down 6-2, 1-0 to Kelsey Dieters at the No. 1 contest. Gabby Steele picked up another win for Ohio State with a 6-2, 6-2 win against Lady Vol freshman Tiffany Tavares.
Szekely got the Lady Vols back on the winning track when she collected her eighth consecutive win, beating Kara Cecil 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 2 position.
"She's done a great job," Tennessee co-head coach Mike Patrick said. "She's a senior and has worked hard all four years and it's paying off in her last year. She's just done super for us."
The Buckeyes won two of the three-set matches. OSU's Grainne O'Neill came back after losing the second set to beat junior Kayla McMurry 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. McMurry, a walkon from Knoxville, entered the lineup at six as a reserve when Williams was scratched from court three before singles.
Freshman Mimi Fotopoulos, playing up on court 3, seized the first set but Ohio State senior Fidan Manashirova rallied back for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win.
"Mimi competed well, but playing those competitive matches as a freshman, they're tough," Patrick said. "She's got to get a little tougher and get a little more fight in her. But she did a good job. It takes just a little more to get the job done."
With all the other matches finished, Henderson finished the day on a high note with a strong third set en route to a 7-6, 5-7, 6-2 win against Nicole Flower on court 5.
"On the positive side, I thought Jo played a good match, adapting to her injury and really playing that aggressive style we've talked about her playing for a long time, so that was good," Patrick said.
The Lady Vols faced NC State's squad in doubles and got an early characteristic win from their top team. Boren and Szekely improved to an impressive 15-2 this fall, breezing past Joelle Kissell and Sophie Nelson 8-1.
After the Lady Vols fast victory at the top of the lineup, Fotopoulos and sophomore Sara Toti dropped their match on court 3. A few minutes later, Henderson and Williams lost on court 2 in an an up-and-down match 8-6 to Nicole Martinez and Elisha Hande.
FINAL DAY SCHEDULE
Tennessee looks to rebound as the Lady Vol Classic wraps up Sunday at Goodfriend Tennis Center. NC State and Ohio State play singles at 10 a.m., followed by Tennessee taking on Ohio State and Kentucky playing NC State in doubles at 1 p.m.
The Lady Vols and Kentucky will square off in singles for a little SEC preview at approximately 2 p.m.
Admission is free. Live streaming video and a live blog will also be available at utsports.com.
Lady Vol Classic
Tennessee vs. NC State
1. Brynn Boren/Kata Szekely, UT, def. Joelle Kissell/Sophie Nelson, NCSU, 8-1
2. Nicole Martinez/Elisha Hande, NCSU, def. Caitlyn Williams/Joanna Henderson, UT, 8-6
3. Chloe Smith/Rachael James-Baker, NCSU, def. Sara Toti/Mimi Fotopoulos, UT, 8-3
Tennessee vs. Ohio State
1. Kelsey Dieters, Ohio State, def. #18 Brynn Boren, UT, 6-2, 1-0 ret.
2. #28 Kata Szekely, UT, def. Kara Cecil, Ohio State, 6-3, 6-1
3. Fidan Manashirova, Ohio State, def. Mimi Fotopoulos, UT, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
4. Gabby Steele, Ohio State, def. Tiffany Tavares, UT, 6-2, 6-2
5. Joanna Henderson, UT, def. Nicole Flower, Ohio State, 7-6, 5-7, 6-2
6. Grainne O'Neill, Ohio State, def. Kayla McMurry, UT, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3