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COMPLETE ITA TENNIS RANKINGS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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