Wildcats Wrap-up Match Play at SEC Coaches Classic
Sept. 13, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The women's tennis team of the University of Kentucky concluded match play at the SEC Coaches Classic Sunday afternoon. After playing three matches each, senior Christine Johnston, junior Megan Broderick and sophomores Minnette Pienaar and Caroline Lilley each left Nashville, Tenn., with two wins apiece.
Broderick, ranked No. 77 by the Campbell/Intercollegiate Tennis Association preseason rankings, was defeated by No. 33 Anastasia Revzina of Florida, 6-2, 6-3 on Friday but upset No. 41 Yvette Hyndman of Georgia on the final day of matches, allowing only two opponent games, 6-2, 6-0. Broderick also earned a win on Saturday against Auburn's Daniela Vukadinovic, 7-6(2), 6-4.
Johnston also took a win over Vuckadinovic, 6-2, 6-1 during the first day's matches, but fell in a three-set duel to Vanderbilt's Chelsea Preeg 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. On the final day of competition, Johnston pulled out a 7-6(6), 6-0 win over the Dores' Heather Steinbauer.
Following a standout rookie campaign, Lilley earned her first victory on Friday against MSU's Valeria Makarycheva, 6-2, 6-1, and then a second one on Sunday over Auburn's Plamena Kurteva, 6-0, 6-2. Lilley led the Cats in singles wins last season registering 15 dual match wins and 25 victories overall.
After joining the team in January, Pienaar made her fall debut at the Classic by earning wins over Mississippi State's Danielle Terpko, 6-1, 3-0, ret,. and Alabama's Alice Tunaru, 6-4, 6-3. She had fallen during day one of the tournament to Gabriela Rangel of Ole Miss.
Junior Lauren Meier captured her first win of the weekend against Alabama's Paulina Bigos Sunday afternoon, 6-4, 6-3. Meier's previous two matches had been played to three sets. Sophomore Chane Hines also got a win against a member of the Bulldogs, defeating Elizabeth Hall, 6-2, 6-0 on the final day of competition.
The Wildcats also participated in doubles with all new pairs. Johnston and Pienaar joined forces and had the most success, taking home a 2-1 record. After dropping an 8-2 match to Bama's Paulina Bigos and Taylor Lindsey, the UK duo toppled Emily Carbone and Valentina Starkova of Arkansas and MSU's Natalia Mayuk and Olesya Tsigvintseva, both 8-6.
Meier and Lilley paired up and had their best performance against South Carolina's Ana Zubori and Anna Morgina, winning 8-4. Broderick and Hines formed Kentucky's third team and earned a convincing victory over Ole Miss' Gabriela Rangel and Abigail Guthrie, 8-2.
Kentucky does not compete again in September and will return to the fall scene in October. The squad splits up when two attend the Riviera/ITA All-American tournament in Pacific Palisades, Calif., which starts on Oct. 9, and others return home to host the UK Fall Invitational Oct. 9-11.