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Happy Birthday - Sept. 19: Nikki Brice & Kata Szekely

On Sept. 19, we send Happy Birthday wishes to junior volleyball player Nikki Brice and recent women's tennis graduate Kata Szekely.

Nikki Brice Kata Szekely

Happy Birthday - Sept. 18: Geraldo Orta, Tiffany Tavares

On Sept. 18, we celebrate the birthdays of Vols defensive back Geraldo Orta and Lady Vol tennis sophomore Tiffany Tavares.

Geraldo Orta Tiffany Tavares

Happy Birthday - April 30: Mimi Fotopoulos, Phil Garner

On April 30, we send Happy Birthday wishes to tennis freshman Mimi Fotopoulos.


Also celebrating is legendary Vol baseball star Phil Garner, who has his No. 18 retired at Tennessee. 


Happy Birthday - Feb. 25: Tennis' Joanna Henderson

On Feb. 25, we send Happy Birthday wishes to tennis' Joanna Henderson

Joanna Henderson 

Lady Vols In The Polls



The newest ITA Tennis Polls are out and the Lady Vols remain in 25th in the country for the week of Feb. 12.

Individually, junior Brynn Boren jumped from 23rd to 18th place after the first month of play while senior Kata Szekely dropped from No. 25 to No. 34.

Boren and Szekely, who were ranked 34th in the country in the fall, and 12th to begin the spring season jumped all the way to third in the country in doubles.

The duo ranks behind No. 1 Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria of USC and No. 2 Alexa Guarachi and Mary Ann Macfarlane of Alabama.

Lady Vols To Compete at Dick Vitale Classic

While Kata Szekely and Brynn Boren are taking part in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships, five Lady Vols have traveled the other direction and are taking part in the Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic this weekend at the Athletic Center of Lakewood Ranch in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Here are the draws

Mimi Fotopoulos/Jesse Grace UT vs. Brianna Morgan/Alexandra Cercone UF
Caitlyn Williams/Joanna Henderson UT vs. Stefanie Mikesz/Caroline Wegner Memphis

Mimi Fotopoulos UT vs. Maria Akvarez Ok St.
Jesse Grace UT vs. Lien Van Geel Miss. St.
Tiffany Tavares UT vs. Britney Sanders Notre Dame (3)
Joanna Henderson (7) vs. Georgiana Patrasc Miss. St.

Happy Birthday - Nov. 2: Greg King, Natalie Pluskota

On Nov. 2 we wish Happy Birthday to football junior Greg King and recent tennis graduate Natalie Pluskota.

Greg King   Natalie Pluskota

Happy Birthday - Oct. 30: Dallas Thomas, Sarah Toti

On Oct. 30, we wish Happy Birthday to Vol football senior Dallas Thomas and sophomore tennis player Sarah Toti.

Dallas Thomas  Sarah Toti

Happy Birthday - Oct. 24: Kayla McMurry, Byron Moore

On Oct. 24, we send Happy Birthday wishes to junior tennis player Kayla McMurry and junior football safety Byron Moore.

Kayla McMurry  Byron Moore

Pluskota Wins Rock Hill Rocks Open Doubles Tourney

Doubles Draw Results


Competing with Jacqueline Cako, former Lady Vol Natalie Pluskota took the Rock Hill Rocks Open doubles tournament title Sunday with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Chieh-Yu Hsu and Chi Chi Scholl.

Pluskota and Cako battled to the finals easily taking their round one match up with Anamika Bhargava and Isabella Robbiani 6-4, 6-2.

They battled back to take down the No. 2 seed of Duque-Marino and Adriana Perez 1-6, 7-6 (2), [10-4] followed by a 6-3, 6-0 win over Angelina Gabueva and Arina Rodionova in the semis.

With the win, Pluskota and Cako earn a split of the $25,000 prize money with some solid play over the course of the weekend.

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