Lady Vols sweep VCU, to play North Carolina in NCAA's second round

The Tennessee women’s tennis team advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament on Friday with a 4-0 sweep of Virginia Commonwealth at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Lady Vols (13-11) handed VCU (22-5) its first loss since Feb. 24, snapping a 13-match win streak.

“It is the first round of the NCAA match, we haven’t played in couple of weeks and we got off to a good start in the doubles,” said UT co-head coach Mike Patrick through a school release. “In singles, we had some matches that went pretty quick for them, but they were competitive in a lot of spots. It was a good first match for us and we are looking for our opportunity to play Carolina tomorrow.”

The No. 31 Lady Vols will play No. 2 North Carolina (26-3), a 4-0 winner against South Carolina State, at 11 a.m. Saturday for a berth in the Round of 16, which will be held May 16-21 in Champaign, Ill.

Tennessee took the doubles point with victories on courts one and two. The No. 5-ranked doubles team of Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely won 8-2, followed by the pair of Joanna Henderson and Sarah Toti, 8-3.

Caitlyn Williams won at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-1, then Mimi Fotopoulos made it 3-0 with a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 5.

Szekely, a senior, clinched the match with a 6-1, 7-6 (1) victory at No. 2.

Women’s Swimming and Diving: Lady Vol Tori Lamp, a Bearden High School graduate who is representing Team USA, placed 12th in preliminaries on the women’s platform at the FINA USA Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and is schedule to compete in synchronized platform diving on Saturday.

Also, All-American Molly Hannis highlighted Tennessee’s day at the Charlotte UltraSwim with second-place finishes in the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke events. Amanda Carner, who just completed her freshman season, also made an A final by placing eighth in the 400 individual medley relay.

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