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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.


Grace, Williams To Face Off In Claycourt Open

University of Tennessee sophomores Jesse Grace and Caitlyn Williams will face off Sunday in the finals of the Southern Adult Claycourt Open at the Knoxville Racquet Club.

Williams, a native of Knoxville, and the No. 1 seed in the tournament will take on her teammate and Germiston, South Africa native Grace, the No. 2 seed.

Williams has not dropped a game during the tournament defeating Erin Allen in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals followed by another 6-0. 6-0 victory over Kathryn Evans in the semifinals yesterday.

Grace took down Emily Holloway 6-0, 6-1 in the quarters and defeated Tennessee teammate Kayla McMurry 6-1, 6-0 in the semis. (McMurry advanced to the semis after a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Rachel Hinkle).

Also of note, Grace and McMurry took home the doubles championship with an easy 6-2, 6-1 victory over Megan Conley and Holloway.

Singles Championships
Q             (2) Jesse Grace d. Emily Holloway             6-0; 6-1
Q             Kayla McMurry d. Rachel Hinkle                6-0; 6-0

Q             Kathryn Evans d. Sarah Rainwater            6-2; 7-5
Q             (1) Caitlyn Williams d. Erin Allen               6-0; 6-0
SF           (2) Jesse Grace d. Kayla McMurry             6-1; 6-0
SF           (1) Caitlyn Williams d. Kathryn Evans       6-0; 6-0




ON TOUR: WTA Rankings (8/6/12)

Here are the Lady Vols' updated WTA Tour rankings as of Aug. 6, 2012. The Lady Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. 


Caitlin Whoriskey

Singles: 587

Doubles: 453

Note: Playing this week in the $25,000 Hechingen Ladies Open in Germany ... Off last week.


Natalie Pluskota

Singles: 839

Doubles: 348

Note: Shot up the doubles ranking after reaching the final of the $100,000 Vancouver Challenger last week off this week ... Off this week.

Pluskota Falls In Odlum Brown Van Open Finals

Final Bracket

After a thrilling run in the Odlum Brown Vancouver Open, University of Tennessee women's tennis player Natalie Pluskota fell in the doubles championship with partner Jacqueline Cako, Saturday.

The duo battled to the end falling in the first set 6-4, but earning the second set victory over Julia Glushko (ISR) and Olivia Rogowska (AUS), 7-5.

Pluskota and Cako's third set went to extra points for the second straight match, however this time it was not in their favor as Glusko and Rogowska went on to earn the 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 win.

Pluskota Advances To Odlum Brown Doubles Finals

Recent graduate Natalie Pluskota has advanced on to the doubles finals of the Odlum Brown Vancouver Open with partner, and Arizona State junior Jacqueline Cako.

The duo came back to defeat third seeded Jessica Pegula and Taylor Townsend 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 in the semifinal round Friday night.

Pluskota and Cako will face off against Julia Glushko (ISR) and Olivia Rogowska (AUS) in the final once again on Centre Court Saturday night.


Pluskota To Odlum Brown VanOpen Semis

Recent Tennessee graduate Natalie Pluskota has been making her way through the International Tennis Federation Pro Circuit this summer.

After winning the U.S. Open Southern Sectional Qualifying in Alpharetta, Ga., she will play in the U.S. Open National tournament Aug. 17-20 at Yale University to earn a wild card spot in the Grand Slam tournament.

Pluskota defeated Alabama junior Mary Anne Macfarlane 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-4 to earn her bid into the qualifier, rallying from a 4-0 third-set deficit to win the last six games in 100-degree heat.

Most recently the Newnan, Ga. native traveled west, and north, to Vancouver where she has found herself in the semifinals of the Odlum Brown VanOpen doubles tournament.

Partnered with Jacqueline Cako of the Arizona State women's tennis team, the duo will play Friday, August 3 on Centre Court at approximately 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Watch Pluskota live as she looks to advance to the finals of the tournament, to be held Saturday.

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Also of note, returning junior Brynn Boren has spent much of her summer in Europe playing in clay court tournaments.

Boren recently spoke to Jimmy Hyams of AM 990, FM 99.1, FM 99.3, the Sports Animal here in Knoxville.

Listen Live Friday night between 6 and 7 p.m. during the Tennis Hour to hear all about Boren's experience.



Happy Birthday - Aug. 1: Soccer's Iyana Moore, Tennis' Brynn Boren

On Aug. 1, we send birthday wishes to soccer sophomore Iyana Moore and tennis sophomore Brynn Boren.

Iyana Moore  Brynn Boren 

ON TOUR: WTA Rankings (7/30/12)

Here are the Lady Vols' updated WTA Tour rankings as of July 30, 2012. The Lady Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. 


Caitlin Whoriskey

Singles: 618 

Doubles: 459

Note: Off last week ... Off this week.


Natalie Pluskota

Singles: 758 

Doubles: 605

Note: Played in the singles qualifying at the $100,000 Vancouver Challenger over the weekend, losing to Romana Tedjakusuama in the first round ... Off last week.

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