Lady Raiders Drop Decision to Kentucky

February 1, 2003 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee's 63rd-ranked women's tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 23 Kentucky Saturday at the Racquet Club, as the visiting Wildcats won all three doubles matches and took wins in four of six singles pairings.


Kentucky won all three doubles matches by the identical 8-4 score, but each was a decidedly different match. At No. 1, Sarah Witten and Amy Trefethen controlled their matchup against the 29th-ranked duo of Manon Kruse and Stacy Varnell from Middle Tennessee and never let the Lady Raider tandem get on track.


At No. 2, Nathalie Roels and Jill Buckley won the first six games against Carien Venter and Jennifer Klaschka. But the Lady Raider duo won the next four games before Roels and Buckley recovered to take the final two games for the victory.


UK's Shannon Stafford and Leigh Broadwell battled Emily Vest and Laura McNamara at No. 3, with the match on serve until the Wildcat pairing won the final four games to take the win.


In singles, the 56th-ranked Kruse overcame a slow start in the first set and a badly hurting ankle to take a 6-7 (1), 6-1, 6-2 victory over No. 37 Witten. The other Lady Raider win came at No. 3, where Venter defeated Stafford, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.


Klaschka, Varnell, McNamara and Vest all dropped straight-set decisions for the Lady Raiders, who fell to 1-4 on the season with all four defeats coming to ranked opponents.


"This was just another match where we played hard and came up a little short," Lady Raider head coach Randy Holden said. "Later in year these matches will pay off and that's why we play the top competition, so we can improve as a team and individually. Hopefully when we get to the conference tournament we'll be at a whole different level."


The Lady Raiders next travel to take on Marshall and Virginia Tech next weekend before returning home on February 14 to face Mississippi State at the Buck Bouldin Tennis Center.




1. (56) Manon Kruse (MT) def. (37) Sarah Witten (UK), 6-7 (1), 6-1, 6-2

2. Nathalie Roels (UK) def. Jennifer Kelashka (MT), 6-4, 6-2

3. Carien Venter (MT) def. Shannon Stafford (UK), 6-2, 3-6, 6-4

4. Jill Buckley (UK) def. Stacy Varnell (MT), 6-2, 6-4

5. Shannon Stoyl (UK) def. Laura McNamara (MT), 6-2, 6-2

6. Danielle Petrisko (UK) def. Emily Vest (MT), 6-1, 6-1



1. Witten-Amy Trefethen (UK) def. (29) Kruse-Varnell, 8-4

2. Roels-Buckley (UK) def. Klaschka-Vest, 8-4

3. Stafford-Leigh Broadwell (UK) def. Vest-McNamara, 8-4

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