Lady Vol Tennis Falls 4-3 In South Bend
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team (0-4) finished out its four match road swing with a close 4-3 loss to Notre Dame (4-1) Sunday morning at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.
In doubles action, Jesse Grace and Mimi Fotopoulos, playing together for the second time this season for the Lady Vols, fell 8-0 at No. 3 doubles while No. 12 Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely earned a 8-2 win over Jennifer Kellner and Chrissie McGaffigan to even things up at one all.
A battle at No. 2 doubles resulted in a 8-6 Notre Dame victory and gave the Fighting Irish the 1-0 advantage entering singles play.
Henderson was the first Lady Vol to finish singles play falling 6-4, 6-1 to McGaffigan in the No. 4 spot as Notre Dame extended its lead to 2-0.
Tennessee evened things up at 2-all as No. 23 Boren and No. 25 Szekely downed their Fighting Irish opponents by 6-3, 6-2 scores.
Williams dropped a tough three-set decision battling back from a 6-2 first set loss to win the second set 6-4, but dropped the decider 7-5 as Notre Dame regained its lead. A three-set loss at No. 6 singles from Tiffany Tavares (7-5, 4-6, 4-6) handed the Fighting Irish the winning point.
The match wrapped up with a 6-2, 7-6 (4) win for Fotopoulos at No. 5 singles.
The Lady Vols will have the upcoming weekend off and will return to action in Knoxville on Feb. 15 against Indiana, for the first dual meet of the 2013 season at home.
No. 18 Notre Dame vs. No. 25 Tennessee
No. 1 - No. 23 Brynn Boren UT def. No. 58 Britney Sanders ND, 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 - No. 25 Kata Szekely UT def. Jennifer Kellner ND, 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 - Quinn Gleason ND def. Caitlyn Williams UT, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
No. 4 - Chrissie McGaffigan def. Joanna Henderson UT, 6-4, 6-1
No. 5 -- Mimi Fotopoulous UT def. Julie Sabacinski ND, 6-2, 7-6
No. 6 -- Molly O'Koniewski ND def. Tiffany Tavares UT, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
No. 1 - No. 12 Brynn Boren/Kata Szekely UT def. Jennifer Kellner/Chrissie McGarrigan ND, 8-2
No. 2 - Quinn Gleason/Britney Sanders ND def. No. 41 Caitlyn Williams/Joanna Henderson UT 8-6
No. 3 - Molly O'Koniewski/Julie Sabacinski ND def. Jesse Grace/Mimi Fotopoulos UT 8-0
Order of Completion: Doubles 3-1-2 ; Singles 4-1-2-3-6-5