Lady Vols earn third consecutive SEC victory in tennis

The Tennessee women’s tennis team evened its overall record Friday with a 4-2 victory against No. 32 South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.

More importantly, however, the Lady Vols (5-5) improved to 3-1 in SEC play, winning for the third match in a row in conference play.

“This was a great team match today,” UT co-head coach Mike Patrick said in a school release. “We came back after doubles with a tough competitive spirit and fought hard on every court and sealed a team win.”

South Carolina (8-6, 1-3) won the doubles point before Tennessee’s Brynn Boren (6-2, 6-2) and Kata Szekely (6-3, 6-2) each won at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively.

South Carolina’s Josefin Anderson defeated Tiffany Tavares 6-2, 6-4 at No. 6 singles to tie the match, but Lady Vols Joanna Henderson and Mimi Fotopoulos won at Nos. 4 and 5 to close it out. Henderson won 6-3, 6-4, while Fotopoulos won, 6-1, 6-3.

Caitlyn Williams’ match at No. 3 singles was halted at 3-3 in the third set when Fotopoulos won.

Tennessee plays at No. 4 Florida on Sunday.

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