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#16 Tennessee reaches second straight NCAA Super Regional, dropping #21 Duke 4-0

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The 16th-seeded Tennessee women’s tennis team cruised past No. 21 Duke in a 4-0 victory during the second round of the 2024 Women’s NCAA Team Championship on Sunday afternoon at Barksdale Stadium. The triumph marked the 11th time in program history that the Lady Volunteers reached the round of 16, including the second year in a row.

“I’m absolutely thrilled for our team. The girls have worked so hard,” said head coach Alison Ojeda said. “It’s been a goal all year to get back to the Sweet 16. Duke is a very, very good team. They are incredibly talented and have dealt with some injuries throughout the year and they are healthier now and we knew they were going To give us a really tough fight, it was huge that we were able to win the doubles point and keep that going on every court. I’m really proud of the girls and excited.”

Tennessee (20-7, 9-4 SEC) opened the game by capturing a tough doubles point against Duke (16-10). The couple Lauren Anzalotta And Catherine Aulia secured a 6-3 victory against Iulliia Brygalova and Brianna Shvets. Esther Adesina And Alana Wolfberg claimed the clinch with a 6-3 victory against Karolina Berankova and Emma Jackson.

The No. 11-ranked tandem of Sofia Cabezas And Elza Tomase had a 5-3 lead over Katie Codd and Shavit Kimchi when play was stopped.

“We have come a long way from the start of the season and are very confident in ourselves at the moment,” Adeshina said. “We are ready to continue in this tournament.”

After taking a 1-0 lead, the Lady Vols had their hands full against three singles opponents but didn’t let the game phase. Adeshina eliminated her opponent, Karolina Berankova, 6-2, 6-1. Wolfberg fended off Iuiia Bryzgalova in a 6-1, 6-4 win. Anzalotta closed the match with a 6-1, 6-4 decision, defeating Brianna Shvets.

“I think this team is special in so many different ways,” Anzalotta said. “Everyone has different personalities and they come from different places, so everyone can contribute something different to the team. At the end of the day, we all share the same goal and I think that’s why we’re such a fun team to be. When I wake up, I’m so excited to come and work hard for my team and I do it because I love them.”

NEXT ONE:

Tennessee will face No. 1 seed Oklahoma State at the Greenwood Tennis Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The date and time of the match are yet to be announced.

Match Notables:

  • The victory marked the 785th win for the Tennessee women’s tennis program.

  • Head coach Alison Ojeda now owns 141 wins during her tenure.

  • Sunday’s win was the fourth in program history against Duke, including the first in the Ojeda era and the first in Knoxville.

  • The team secured the double advantage for the 23rd time this season.

  • For the first time in the Ojeda era, Big Orange reached the round of 16 in consecutive seasons.

  • The sweep marked the 24th time in program history that the Lady Vols have swept an opponent in the NCAA Tournament, including the sixth in the Ojeda era.

  • The shutout marked the Lady Vols’ 12th sweep this spring, the most in a single season in the Ojeda era.

  • Tennessee reached the 20-win mark for the 13th time in program history. It is the third time the Lady Vols have done so under Ojeda, who also led the team to a 20-win season in 2023 and 2019.

Results:

Singles

1. #14 Sofia Cabezas (TENN) vs. #83 Emma Jackson (DUKE) 6-4, 5-3, unfinished

2. Elza Tomase (TENN) vs. #63 Shavit Kimchi (DUKE) 7-6 (9-7), 3-2, incomplete

3. Alana Wolfberg (TENN) final Iuliia Bryzgalova (Duke) 6-1, 6-4

4. Catherine Aulia (TENN) vs. #102 Katie Codd (DUKE) 1-6, 6-2, 2-1, unfinished

5. Lauren Anzalotta (TENN) final Brianna Shvets (DUKE) 6-1, 6-4

6. Esther Adesina (TENN) final Karolina Berankova (Duke) 6-2, 6-1

Order of finishing: (6,3,5)

Double

1. #11 Sofia Cabezas/Elza Tomase (TENN) vs. Katie Codd/Shavit Kimchi (DUKE) 5-3, incomplete

2. Alana Wolfberg/Esther Adesina (TENN) final Karolina Berankova/Emma Jackson (DUKE) 6-3

3. Catherine Aulia/Lauren Anzalotta (TENN) final Iuliia Bryzgalova/Brianna Shvets (DUKE) 6-3

Order of finishing: (3,2)