Tennessee whacks Wake Forest
Lady Vols off to best start in 21 years
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - No. 11-ranked Tennessee recorded its sixth consecutive victory to open the 2011 season, defeating No. 56 Wake Forest 7-0 on Sunday at the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center.
Playing its second match in as many days, Tennessee co-head coach Mike Patrick was concerned how his team would fare. However, UT was dominant from start to finish, which could bode well for next weekend's ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championships.
"We hadn't played a lot of back-to-backs, but that's what we need to learn how to do for next week," Patrick said. "If we can respond in this fashion next week, I'll be a happy guy."
UT didn't drop a single set to the Demon Deacons. The squad's 6-0 record is the program's best start since the 1989-90 season, when Tennessee began the year with 10 consecutive victories.
Tennessee moved at a lightning-quick pace, clinching the victory in just less than two hours. Maria Sorbello was the first Lady Vol to win, as her opponent, Emilee Malvehy, retired after the first set. Minutes later, Millie Nichols put UT up 3-0 with a 6-0, 6-0, win against Anna Mydlowska at No. 5.
Freshman Whitney Wofford clinched the win for the Big Orange, topping Brigita Bercyte, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 6 singles.
Patrick said that he was very impressed with his team from top to bottom today.
"The biggest thing is that everybody played well," Patrick said. "Up until now, we've usually had one or two matches that weren't as good, but today, all of them played well. We recruited a lot of the kids that went to Wake Forest so I know that they're good players. It's good to beat them."
The win also gives Patrick 399 victories at Tennessee.
"That's a sign that I'm getting older," Patrick joked. "I have a lot of good memories from those times and hopefully this team can put a few more wins up on the board before the season is over."
The Orange and White will return to action on Friday at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, Va. Draws for that event will be released on Tuesday.
"We're getting ready to play the best teams in the country every day next week," Patrick said. "It's going to be a challenge. We're playing well but you can't have any holes against those teams. I'm looking forward to it."