April 9, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The 13th-ranked University of Tennessee women's tennis team will host a pair of crucial Southeastern Conference matches this weekend as No. 23 Kentucky (12-6, 3-5) and No. 17 Vanderbilt (9-5, 5-2) prepare to make the trip to Rocky Top. The Lady Volunteers sport a 13-4 overall record this season and currently sit in sole possession of second place in the SEC with a 6-2 mark in league play. They will host the Wildcats on Friday, April 10, before the Commodores arrive in Knoxville for a match two days later. First serve for both contests is set for 1 p.m. at the Goodfriend Tennis Center and live scoring will be available at UTLadyVols.com.
The Big Orange swept a pair of road matches in the Yellowhammer State this past weekend, defeating both No. 25 Alabama and 29th-rated Auburn by identical 5-2 scores. Sophomore Jennifer Meredith led the way for the Lady Vols, improving her singles winning streak to 12 matches with two straight-set triumphs, including the match-clinching win against Auburn on Sunday, her third of the season. The Marietta, Ga., native also joined forces with fellow sophomore Maria Sorbello to clinch the doubles point against both Alabama and Auburn.
In UT's victory over the Crimson Tide, Meredith became the first person in SEC action this year to defeat Meritt Emery, snapping her six-match league winning streak with a 6-2, 6-4, victory, after teaming up with Sorbello to take out Emery and Shelley Godwin by an 8-1 score to clinch the doubles point for the Big Orange. Against the Tigers, Meredith cruised past Myrthe Molenveld, 6-2, 6-3, to pick up her third match-clinching win of the season. She and Sorbello had also tallied the doubles point for the Lady Vols, downing Fani Chifchieva and Jil Hastenrath, 8-6.
Following its matches this weekend, the Orange and White will have a six-day layoff to prepare to close out the regular season against No. 2-ranked Georgia at Noon on Saturday, April 18. From there, Tennessee will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., where it will open the postseason portion of its schedule at the SEC Tournament, April 23-26.