Lady Dog Netters Drop 7-0 Decision to #12 Tenn.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Mississippi State women's tennis team dropped a 7-0 decision to 12th-ranked Tennessee Friday afternoon in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Lady Bulldogs fell to UT for the 17th straight match and dropped the 2002 mark to 4-12, 0-7 in the SEC. Tennessee responded from having its five-match win streak snapped by improving its record to 15-5 and 6-1 in SEC play.

The Lady Vols took the early edge by sweeping head coach Tracy Lane's squad in doubles action. The tandem of Alison Ojeda and Kim Gates handed State's duo of Carole Soubis and Yumi Ueda an 8-6 loss at No. 2, while Crystal Cleveland and Breanna Kray knocked off Elaine Fagan and Justyna Switala 8-1 at the No. 3 position. UT's 17th-rated pairing of Vilmarie Castellvi and Agnes Wiski clinched the early 1-0 edge behind a hard-fought 8-4 win over Magdolna Rekasi and Camila Sagae at the No. 1 spot.

Like doubles, UT also claimed all six singles contests. Switala won the opening set of her match with Ashley Robards, but the sophomore was unable to hold on as Robards claimed the final two sets for a 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 victory.

Soubis dropped the opening set of her match with ninth-ranked Castellvi 6-0 before she was forced to withdraw due to an injury. The remainder of the Lady Dogs were unable to respond as they fell in straight sets in the remaining four matches.

Sagae dropped the opening set of her No. 2 singles contest with 14th-ranked Ojeda 6-3, but the Bulldog sophomore rallied in the second only to fall 7-5. Rekasi dropped a 6-1, 6-4 decision to Gates at No. 3, while Fagan continued her struggles at No. 4 with a 6-1, 6-3 loss to Wiski. Cleveland completed the singles' sweep as she cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Ueda at the No. 5 spot.

The Lady Bulldogs return to tennis action Sunday, taking on No. 2 Georgia in a noon match at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens.

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