Feb. 27, 2010
By: Lindsey Williford, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - In its final match before the beginning of Southeastern Conference action, the 13th-ranked University of Tennessee women's tennis team (6-3) will travel back to the Midwest to square off with No. 7 Notre Dame (9-1) at 10 a.m. at the Eck Tennis Pavilion in South Bend, Ind.
This past weekend, the Lady Vols split a pair of extremely hard-fought contests against Big Ten foes, defeating No. 17 Ohio State, 5-2, on Saturday, Feb. 20 and dropping a 5-1 decision to No. 23 Indiana the next day.
Against the Buckeyes, UT won two of three doubles matches and picked up four singles triumphs en route to its sixth victory of the year. Just a day later, the Lady Vols lost the doubles point for only the fourth time all season and were unable to mount a comeback.
For the season, senior Caitlin Whoriskey has been nearly perfect in singles play, winning seven of nine dual-matches at the No. 1 position in the lineup thus far. The East Sandwich, Mass., product, ranked seventh by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, was the only Lady Vol to win both her singles and doubles matches this past weekend.
She is joined on the ITA poll by junior Maria Sorbello who ranks at a career-best 37th in the nation. Sorbello has notched a 6-3 mark in dual play and an overall tally of 16-6.
Whoriskey can also be found on the doubles poll. When combining forces with sophomore Natalie Pluskota, the two form the No. 1 doubles team in the country, a spot the pair has occupied since the start of the 2010 season. The duo is joined by senior Zsófia Zubor and junior Rosalía Alda. The combo entered at No. 20 with a season record of 16-4, two wins coming over nationally ranked opponents.
Notre Dame also sports a couple of ITA-rated players in No. 23 Kristy Frilling and No. 114 Kali Krisik. The two connect to create the seventh-ranked doubles team, as well.
The Fighting Irish will be looking to extend its win streak to five matches after a 4-3 defeat over No. 14 Georgia Tech.
This contest against ND will mark the 19th contest between the teams. Last year's match-up saw ND emerge victorious, 5-2. Whoriskey and Pluskota, however, took out Frilling and Krisik in round one of the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, this past fall. The Lady Vol combo went on to win the tournament.
Live scoring for this match can be found at www.UTLadyVols.com or at www.UND.com.
Following this week's match, the Big Orange heads back to Rocky Top for the start of Southeastern Conference play. UT will face Auburn on Friday, March 5 at 4 p.m., before squaring off against Alabama at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 7.