Scouting UT and UK
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 29 Indiana women's tennis team will hit the road for a pair of matches this weekend at No. 19 Tennessee and No. 7 Kentucky. The Hoosiers will face the Lady Vols on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m., in the Goodfriend Tennis Center. IU and the Wildcats will match up on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 11:30 a.m., in the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Complex.
Scouting Tennessee & Kentucky:
No. 19 Tennessee, 3-2 on the year, has won three-straight matches and is coming off a 5-0 blanking of then-No. 29 Michigan on Feb. 13. After dropping their first two matches of the year (5-2 at then-No. 15 North Carolina and 4-3 at then-No. 8 Duke), the Lady Vols have reeled off three consecutive wins. UT won at then-No. 47 Purdue on Jan. 29, and at then-No. 33 Illinois on Jan. 30 by identical scores of 4-3.
Junior Sabita Maharaj, ranked 50th in the nation, plays at the top singles spot for Tennessee. She has a mark of 2-3 this spring. Sophomores Blakeley Griffith and Victoria Jones are both 4-1 in 2005. Jones entered the year ranked 107th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The doubles pair of senior Ashley Robards and Maharaj stand at 51st in the country.
Mike Patrick, in his 18th year, and Sonia Hahn-Patrick, in her eighth year, are the co-head coaches of the Lady Vols.
No. 7 Kentucky will play No. 41 Purdue before hosting the Hoosiers on Sunday. The Wildcats are 7-3 and are coming off a 1-1 weekend on Feb. 12 and 13. UK lost to then-No. 13 North Carolina, 7-0, on Saturday, but rebounded with a 7-0 win on Sunday against Minnesota.
Prior to those two matches, the Wildcats advanced to the finals of the National Indoor Championships in Madison, Wis., on Feb. 3-6. UK defeated then-No. 3 Clemson (5-2), then-No. 15 North Carolina (5-2) and then-No. 6 Duke (4-3) en route to the final. The Wildcats fell to No. 1 Stanford, 4-0, in the championship match.
Kentucky boasts three players and two doubles squads ranked nationally. Senior Aibika Kalsarieva is ranked seventh, while sophomores Sarah Foster and Kim Coventry rest at 30th and 58th, respectively. Kalsarieva and Foster hold a No. 6 doubles ranking, while Coventry and sophomore Joelle Schwenk come in at No. 11.
Kentucky head coach Mark Guilbeau is in his eighth year at the helm.
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