Feb. 19, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The No. 22 University of Tennessee women's tennis team (4-1) will return to the courts following a 12-day layoff when it welcomes No. 44 Indiana (7-2) and No. 51 Yale (6-1) to Rocky Top this weekend. The Lady Volunteers will host the Hoosiers at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20, before Yale makes the trip to Knoxville for a Noon showdown two days later. Both matches will be contested at the Goodfriend Tennis Center with live scoring available at www.UTLadyVols.com.
The Big Orange was last in action on Feb. 8 when it defeated No. 29 Virginia for the second time in just over a week by the score of 5-2. The victory improved UT Co-Head Coach Mike Patrick's career record in home openers to a staggering 21-1, while fellow head coach Sonia Hahn-Patrick's mark in those contests is now 11-1.
The duo of junior Caitlin Whoriskey and freshman Natalie Pluskota, playing together for the first time in their careers, set the tone for the afternoon during doubles play, easily dispatching the 32nd-ranked Cavalier combo of Jennifer Stevens and Emily Fraser, 8-2. Just moments later, the Tennessee tandem of junior Zsófia Zubor and sophomore Maria Sorbello followed suit with an 8-3 triumph over Maggie Yahner and Karoline Steiro to give UT the all-important doubles point.
Although Virginia quickly halted the Lady Vols' momentum with a pair of quick singles victories, Whoriskey got the team back on track with a 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, win over No. 42 Stevens at the top position in the lineup for her team-high fifth victory over a ranked opponent this season. A win by Pluskota on the second court then set up Zubor at the sixth position to clinch the match victory with a come-from-behind, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, triumph over Neela Vaez. Orlin then finished the day off with a three-set win of her own over Steiro, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
Following their match against Yale on Sunday, the Lady Vols will have another long layoff, this time 11 days, before opening their Southeastern Conference schedule against No. 67 Mississippi State at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, at the Goodfriend Tennis Center in Knoxville. UT will also welcome No. 53 Ole Miss to Rocky Top that weekend, as it will square off with the Rebels at 1 p.m. just two days later.