UTM tennis returns to winning ways with big weekend sweep

UTM tennis returns to winning ways with big weekend sweep

Posted: Friday, March 4, 2011 2:44 pm

UTM tennis returns to winning ways with big weekend sweep

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MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin head tennis coach Dennis Taylor has known all spring that his young team has loads of talent, it was just a matter of putting it all together at the right time. His youngsters may have taken the first step toward making that push on Saturday, as the squad picked up a pair of victories over NAIA powerhouse Savannah School of Art and Design (SCAD) Atlanta and Bethel University in McKenzie.
The Skyhawks (3-5) picked up a 5-2 win over SCAD-Atlanta and a dominant 7-0 win over Bethel in which not a single UT Martin player dropped a game throughout the entirety of the match.
 “In my 24 years of coaching I don’t know if a Skyhawk team has ever done that,” Taylor said, referring to the Bethel match. “Beating a nationally ranked SCAD-Atlanta team was like pouring blood in a shark tank to our girls.”
Against SCAD-Atlanta, the Skyhawks swept the doubles point, as Jodie Tiley and Anna Marie Herbold got things rolling with an 8-5 win at No. 1 over SCAD-Atlanta’s team of Daniela Vakadinvic and Maja Plavsic – the nation’s No. 22 ranked doubles tandem. Ivon Simic and Johanie Van Zyl earned an 8-4 victory at No. 2, while Anna Winkelmann and Alice Laing closed out the sweep with an inspiring 8-0 win at No. 3. Winkelmann battled the flu all weekend and Laing was playing with a heavy heart as her hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand was still feeling the effects of a devastating earthquake.
“More than 140 people in Alice’s hometown were killed by the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that devastated New Zealand’s oldest city and toppled Christchurch’s 130-year-old cathedral,” Taylor said. “Alice’s family is ok but the city is without water or electricity.”
Tiley and Herbold picked up hard-fought singles wins at No. 1 and No. 3, respectively, as Tiley won 6-4, 0-6, 10-4 over the No. 38 player in the country and Herbold produced a 6-3, 4-6, 10-4 triumph.
Simic (6-2, 6-0 at No. 5) and Greenfield native Katie McCall (6-1, 6-1 at No. 6) also picked up wins for the Skyhawks.
After taking a lunch break, the Skyhawks kept their feet on the gas and produced all 8-0 victories in doubles and 6-0 wins in singles play.
With eight matches on the road spanning five weeks to start the spring, UT Martin fans will finally get the chance to see the Skyhawks live in action at home this weekend. On Saturday, the Skyhawks will take on Arkansas State at 1 p.m.

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