Lady netters bounce BYU

The No. 11 Lady Vol tennis team ran its unbeaten streak to six matches Tuesday by routing 49th-rated Brigham Young 7-0 in Provo, Utah. The Lady Vols moved to 14-3 on the year with the victory, while the Cougars fell further to 4-8.

Tennessee swept all three doubles matches. Junior Tammy Encina and sophomore Majen Immink remained undefeated on the year by disposing of freshman Hadley MacFarlane and sophomore Nicole Schneider 8-3 at No. 2. The No. 36-rated duo is now 10-0 on the year.

Senior Vilmarie Castellvi and rookie Melissa Schaub, tabbed fifth nationally recorded an 8-5 decision over Leeza Klempner and senior Dominique Reynolds at No. 1 doubles. It was the tandem's 20th victory of the season, moving their record to 20-4 and 13-3 at the top slot.

At No. 3,, senior Crystal Cleveland and freshman Sabita Maharaj posted a 9-7 triumph over freshman Olga Boulytcheva and sophomore Rebecca Pike. Cleveland and Maharaj have a 6-0 record.

Third-ranked Castellvi was the first Lady Vol to finish in singles, as she dropped only one game to Reynolds at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-0. The win was her 10th in a row, equaling her longest streak of the 2002-03 season. Castellvi owns a remarkable 16-1 record at the top singles slot and is 31-4 overall.

The No. 56-rated Cleveland gave UT a 3-0 advantage when she won her 14th-straight match thanks to a 6-4, 6-2 decision at the expense of Boulytcheva. Cleveland's 14 wins in a row is a season-high for the team. Her last loss occurred on Feb. 1 versus Purdue. The Delray Beach, Fla., native stands at 24-7 on the season and 15-2 in dual match play.

Cleveland's victory also gave her sole possession of third place on UT's all-time victories list. She overtook Wendy Anderson's mark of 115 and now owns a career record of 116-33.

Encina clinched the Big Orange's 14th triumph of the season when she defeated Klempner 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 2 slot. Encina had not played singles for the Lady Vols the last three matches due to shin splints. She upped her record to 16-11 and 8-6 at two singles with the win.

Schaub's contest at No. 4 singles with Pike concluded soon after Encina clinched the match. The first stanza was decided in a tiebreaker, which Schaub won, 7-3. In the second frame, Schaub prevailed by a 6-3 count to move to 17-12 on the season. It was the first time in her career that she played at a position lower than No. 3 singles.

UT's other rookie, Maharaj, dumped senior Tara Porter, 6-2, 6-2, at the fifth slot. It marked Maharaj's fourth straight win, improving her ledger to 11-9 and 5-4 in duals.

Lady Vol sophomore Ashley Robards continued her hot stretch of play by posting her fifth consecutive win, defeating MacFarlane at No. 6 by a 6-2, 7-5 score. All five of Robards' victories have come in straight sets. She is 13-11 on the year and 8-4 in dual match action.


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