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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

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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.


Happy Birthday - Oct. 13: L.Hadden, D.O'Brien, C.Williams

A trio of birthdays among Tennessee student-athletes on Oct. 13. Best wishes for a great day to senior javelin thrower Luke Hadden, freshman defensive lineman Danny O'Brien and women's tennis sophomore Caitlyn Williams.

Luke Hadden  Danny O'Brien  Caitlyn Williams

Szekely Falls In ITA Qualifier

Singles Results

In the singles qualifier at the 2012 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships Tuesday, senior Kata Szekely fell in a tough three set battle to No. 81 ranked Elizabeth Epstein of Yale, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4.

The No. 28 ranked singles player, Szekely took part in the contest after a grueling 9-8 doubles victory earlier in the day with partner Brynn Boren.

Szekely fell in the first set of the day 3-6, battled back for a 7-6 second set win and dropped a tough third set 4-6.

Szekely will be back in action, however, in the doubles qualifying second round alongside Boren Wednesday morning.

Boren, Szekely Advance at Riviera ITA All-American Championships

Doubles Results

On day one of the Riviera ITA Women's All-American Championships, the No. 34 ranked doubles pair of Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely advanced on to round two of qualifying.

The duo earned a 9-8 victory over Jackie Kasler and Jen Pfeifier of Auburn University in round one and will move on to face the No. 5 seed of Aleksandra Josifoska and Nives Pavlovic of UNLV tomorrow.

Kasler and Pfiefier won three doubles matches in two days this weekend to earn their spot in the qualifying round.

Szekely, ranked No. 28, also played a singles match Tuesday. Results to follow later.

Lady Vols Furman Fall Classic Tennis Update (9/22)

Day two of doubles competition has wrapped up at the Furman Fall Classic.

In the flight one championship match, Caitlyn Williams and Joanna Henderson fell to their counterparts from North Carolina, 8-4. The duo finished second in their first competition together in 2012, and in just their seventh match together as a partnership.

Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely took home fifth place in flight one after defeating Jaklin Alawi and Dominika Kanakova from South Carolina 8-5 in their final doubles match of the tournament.

The freshman duo of Tiffany Tavares and Mimi Fotopoulos earned their first doubles victory of the season in the flight two seventh place match with a 8-6 win over the host team's duo of Michele Stanford and Amanda Murray.

Day Two Doubles Results
F1 Championship Match Kay/Dai (UNC) def. Williams/Henderson (UT), 8-4
F1 5th Place Boren/Szekely (UT) def. Alawi/Kanakova (USC), 8-5
F2 7th Place Tavares/Fotopoulous (UT) def. Stanford/Murray (FU), 8-6


Lady Vols Furman Fall Classic Tennis Update (9/21)

The doubles competition is over on day one of the Furman Fall Classic.

The duo of Joanna Henderson and Caitlyn Williams find themselves in the flight one doubles finals after defeating both of their opponents from South Carolina and Alabama in rounds one and two of the doubles tournament Friday morning.

The No. 34 ranked doubles pair of Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely fell in the first round of doubles play to their opponents from UNC but rebounded with a round two victory to move on to the fifth place game on Saturday morning.

The freshman duo of Tiffany Tavares and Mimi Fotopolous fell twice on day one and will play in the flight two 7th place game Saturday morning.

Full Results from Friday morning

Doubles Results from the Furman Fall Classic
Doubles Round One

F1 Williams/Henderson (UT) def. Alawi/Kanakova (USC), 8-4
F1 Kay/Dai (UNC) def. Boren/Szekely (UT), 8-2
F2 Borthwick/Vriens (FSU) def. Tavares/Fotopoulous (UT), 8-2

Doubles Round Two
F1 Boren/Szekely (UT) def. Kline/Moreno (FU), 8-2
F1 Williams/Henderson (UT) def. Macfarlane/Jansen (UA), 8-6
F2 Zabor/Ebada (UA) def. Tavares/Fotopoulous (UT), 8-3

Williams/Henderson to the flight one finals Saturday at 9 a.m.
Boren/Szekely to the flight one fifth place game Saturday at 9 a.m.
Tavares/Fotopolous to the flight two seventh place game Saturday at 9 a.m.

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

On Sept. 19, we send Happy Birthday wishes to sophomore volleyball player Nikki Brice and tennis senior Kata Szekely.

Nikki Brice  Kata Szekely

Williams Takes Southern Adult Claycourt Title

Caitlyn Williams

The one seed of the Southern Adult Claycourt Championship, Tennessee sophomore women's tennis player Caitlyn Williams outlasted her teammate and second seeded Jesse Grace to earn the title.

Williams defeated Grace 6-1 in the first set but had to battle to a 7-5 victory in the second set to earn the win.


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