March 17, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - After falling three spots in last week's poll, the University of Tennessee women's tennis team has moved back up to No. 12 in the most recent Campbell/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Collegiate Tennis Rankings, released Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Volunteers have not been ranked higher since claiming a placement of 10th in the nation in the 2004 preseason poll.
The Big Orange was also well represented in the individual portion of the poll where the doubles pairing of junior Caitlin Whoriskey and freshman Natalie Pluskota earned its first ranking of the season, coming in at No. 32 after the duo recorded wins in six of its first seven matches together. The Tennessee tandem's only loss thus far this season came at the hands of the Florida combo of Anastasia Revzina and Jessica Alexander in UT's 5-2 loss to the then-No. 23-rated Gators last Sunday.
The Lady Vol doubles team of Whoriskey and sophomore Maria Sorbello also earned a national placement as it was ranked No. 60. Although it has yet to compete together this spring, the UT combination put together a strong fall slate, going 7-4 with three of those wins coming against ranked opponents.
In the singles poll, Whoriskey was the lone Tennessee representative, improving her national ranking by nine positions to No. 48. Playing in the top slot in both the singles and doubles lineups, the East Sandwich, Mass., native is third on the team with a 16-11 singles record which includes a squad-best six victories over ranked opponents. In doubles action, Whoriskey has amassed a 17-9 mark despite having played with three different partners this year.
With wins in nine of its first 11 matches, the Orange and White is off to its best start to a season since 2001 when it opened the year 14-1 en route to a 25-4 overall record and a berth in the Round of 16 at the NCAA Championships. UT is the second-highest rated SEC squad, coming in behind just No. 3 Georgia.
After suffering its first league setback of the year at Florida on Sunday, Tennessee will look to return to the win column later this week as it remains in the Sunshine State for a 2 p.m. contest against UCF on Friday, March 20. The Big Orange will then return to Rocky Top two days later, when it will close out the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 1 p.m. showdown against No. 2 Notre Dame at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.
Campbell's/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Top 25
2. Notre Dame
6. Georgia Tech
8. Miami (Fla.)
10. Southern California
15. North Carolina
18. Fresno State
22. Arizona State
25. San Diego State