Jan. 19, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - At the UVA Winter Invite Saturday, the No. 23 Tennessee women's tennis team got off to a fast start to the 2013 season taking on No. 34 Utah at the UVA Winter Invitational at the Boyd Tinsley Courts.
The meet, a hidden dual, marked the first competition of 2013 for the Lady Vols, though the `win' does not count towards their team record.
"We played some good doubles, especially at one and two and all the girls got some good singles matches," said co-head coach Mike Patrick. "We are going to do some studying tonight and we will be ready to go tomorrow."
The team got off to a quick start taking two out of three in doubles play from Utah as The No. 12 doubles team of Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely took down the 23rd-ranked Utah pair of Tereza Bekerova and Paige Miles, 8-2.
The No. 41-ranked pair of Joanna Henderson and Caitlyn Williams combined for a 8-4 win over their Utah counterparts Elena Najera-Salas and Natasha Smith while Mimi Fotopoulos and Sarah Toti fell 8-3 to Callie Craig and Sarah Pham.
The Lady Vols moved on to singles action which they played in two, three-person flights.
The first flight featured Boren, ranked 23rd, who continued her success defeating No. 103 Sarah Pham 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 singles. No. 25 Szekely fell 2-6, 4-6 to the Utes' highest ranked singles player, No. 72 Tereza Bekerova at the second spot and Henderson dropped her No. 3 singles match to No. 123 Callie Craig 4-6, 1-6.
In flight number two, the Lady Vols swept the competition as Tiffany Tavares, playing at No. 6, finished first with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Smith. Williams playing in the four spot came away with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Lucia Kovarcikova while Fotopoulos battled and came away with a 6-1, 7-5 win.
"We are looking forward to playing this time of the year. We need some match play to get some rust off of us, since we haven't played since the fall," said Patrick. "We are just trying to get prepared for next weekend, the start to the dual match season."
Tennessee will face even tougher competition tomorrow when they take on host team and No. 11 ranked Virginia beginning at 10 a.m.
1. No. 23 Brynn Boren def. No. 103 Sarah Pham 6-2, 6-1
2. No. 72 Tereza Bekerova def. No. 25 Kata Szekely 6-2, 6-4
3. No. 123 Callie Craig def. Joanna Henderson 6-4, 6-1
4. Caitlyn Williams vs. Lucia Kovarcikova 6-2, 7-5
5. Mimi Fotopoulos vs. Elena Najera-Salas 6-1, 7-5
6. Tiffany Tavares def. Natasha Smith 6-2, 6-3
1. No. 12 Brynn Boren/Kata Szekely def. No. 23 Tereza Bekerova/Paige Miles 8-2
2. No. 41 Joanna Henderson/Caitlyn Williams def. Elena Najera-Salas/Natasha Smith 8-4
3. Callie Craig/Sarah Pham def. Mimi Fotopoulos/Sarah Toti 8-3