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Lady Vols Remain Third In Average Attendance

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ATTENDANCE RANKINGS

The Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team continues to draw among the highest attendance in the country, placing third nationally and first in the SEC in the most recent ITA rankings.

Tennessee was also third in the initial ITA attendance rankings, which were unveiled at the beginning of March for matches up to that point.

With 224 fans per contest, Tennessee has its highest April rating since the ITA began releasing the figures in 2008.

The Lady Vols' average attendance is just nine behind second-place Michigan (233).

UT's home match against Florida is the fourth-highest attended women's tennis match this season, as 435 came out to Goodfriend Tennis Center on March 2.

At this point last season, Tennessee ranked eighth in average attendance and finished the season seventh.

New ITA Rankings Released


The doubles tandem of Natalie Pluskota and Kata Szekely, undefeated in dual-match play at 7-0, vaulted ahead 10 spots to No. 8 in Tuesday's ITA rankings, while Tennessee moved up one spot to 21.

Pluskota and Szekely have gone 14-1 together overall in 2011-12, and began playing together in dual match play on March 21 vs. UNLV. They've defeated three ranked opponents since then.

In singles, Brynn Boren moved up a spot in singles to 27, while Pluskota (31) and Szekely (53) are also ranked.

Pluskota is also ranked with Caitlyn Williams in doubles at 13th, while Boren is ranked with Sarah Toti at 25th.

Tennessee is the only school with three duos ranked in the Top 25.

TENNESSEE - 21

SINGLES
Brynn Boren-27, Natalie Pluskota-31, Kata Szekely-53

DOUBLES
Natalie Pluskota/Kata Szekely-8, Pluskota/Caitlyn Williams-13, Brynn Boren/Sarah Toti-25

Tennis Team At The Volscars

Team is featured in photos 1, 32, 33& 61

Team is featured in photos 9, 30, 53 & 61

The Lady Vol tennis team was in attendance at Monday evening's Volscars, the annual award show recognizing performances of Tennessee's student-athletes.

Natalie Pluskota took home the Female Big Orange Heart Award, while the team was honored with the Lady Vol Big Orange Cup Award. Read more about the accolades below.

Also, Natalie Pluskota and Joanna Henderson presented the Dr. Todd A. Diacon Male Volunteer Award, given to Skylar McBee.
 
Female Big Orange Heart Award - Natalie Pluskota
Intent on playing at Tennessee since the age of nine, Natalie Pluskota represents everything a Lady Vol should be, leading the tennis team on the court, and leading athletes in her passion for Tennessee off of it.

 Lady Vol Big Orange Cup Award - Women's Tennis 
The Lady Vol tennis team is extremely active in the community taking part in events such as Feed The Need, Toys for Tots and the grand opening of a tennis club in Pigeon Forge. Among many other efforts to give back, the tennis team surprised a less fortunate family with a Thanksgiving basket in November. 

Lady Vols Drop To 22nd In ITA Rankings

APRIL 3 RANKINGS

After splitting two matches over the weekend, Tennessee fell three spots to No. 22 in Tuesday's ITA rankings.

The Lady Vols host their final two home matches of the season this weekend, facing No. 63 Auburn on Friday at 5 p.m. and No. 11 Alabama on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Caitlyn Williams WBIR Feature



Freshman Caitlyn Williams was recently featured by WBIR's Kris Budden. Check out the video above.

Lady Vols Ranked 19th In Newest ITA Polls

MARCH 27 RANKINGS

The Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team is ranked 19th in the newest ITA National College Tennis Rankings, the governing body released Tuesday.

Ironically, UT matched its lowest ranking of the season, dropping to the same slot the Lady Vols did after losing their first two matches in which they played with an incomplete lineup in January.

UT is coming off three losses in which it was forced to play shorthanded due to injuries, a similar situation to what took place in late January.

Despite the drop, Tennessee still owns six Top 25 wins, three of which were against opponents ranked in the Top 12.

SINGLES
The Lady Vols are one of just five teams nationally (Baylor, Florida, USC & Stanford) to have three players ranked in the Top 50.

Brynn Boren, who recorded her 50th career win Sunday vs. Arkansas, leads the Lady Vols slotted at 28th.

Natalie Pluskota remained steady at 29 for the second consecutive poll. Pluskota hasn't played since the previous release (March 13).

Kata Szekely marks the third Lady Vol in the Top 50, coming in at No. 49.

DOUBLES
Tennessee also has three ranked tandems, with Pluskota a part of two of them.

Pluskota and Caitlyn Williams moved up three spots to No. 12, UT's highest-ranked duo.

Pluskota also moved up three spots with Szekely to the No. 18 spot. The duo won all three of its matches last week.

Brynn Boren and Sarah Toti round out Tennessee's ranked pairings at No. 21.

The Lady Vols are the only team with three duos ranked in the Top 21.


Boren Rises To 25th As Lady Vols Fall In ITA Rankings

March 13 ITA Rankings
TEAM

After splitting its two matches in consecutive weekends, the Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team fell three spots to 11th in the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings, released Tuesday.

Sophomore Brynn Boren achieved her highest ranking of the season at No. 25, rising 10 spots after winning six matches in her last seven.

Also ranked in singles for Tennessee are senior Natalie Pluskota (29th) and junior Kata Szekely (37th). Pluskota dropped one spot, while Szekely has been ranked 37th since Feb. 16.

In doubles, Boren and freshman Sarah Toti make up Tennessee's highest-ranked duo for the second time this season at 12th.

Pluskota is ranked with both Szekely and freshman Caitlyn Williams. The Pluskota/Williams combination fell six spots to 15th, while Pluskota and Szekely are ranked 21st.

Tennessee is one of just two schools (UCLA) to have to tandems ranked in the Top 15.

SINGLES
Brynn Boren - 25
Natalie Pluskota - 29
Kata Szekely - 37

DOUBLES
Brynn Boren/Sarah Toti - 12
Natalie Pluskota Caitlyn Williams - 15
Pluskota/Kata Szekely - 21


Lady Vols Rank Third In Average Attendance


The Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team is ranked third in average attendance nationally and first in the SEC, the ITA announced Friday.

The governing body released attendance figures for the first time this season, tracking all matches prior to March.

With 210 fans per contest, Tennessee has its highest March rating since the ITA began releasing the figures in 2008. The next closes SEC team on the list is Alabama at eighth with 152 fans per match.

The numbers don't include Tennessee's season-high of 435 fans that showed up when the Lady Vols took on Florida last Friday (March 2).

Through February, UT's attendance for its home date against Notre Dame (338) ranked fourth nationally among single matches.

Tennessee finished seventh last season nationally with an average attendance of 140.

ITA TOP 10 AVERAGE ATTENDANCE - MARCH
1. Texas A&M - 273
2. Tulsa - 240
3. TENNESSEE - 210
4. TCU - 207
5. Duke - 198
6. Michigan - 191
7. Baylor - 170
8. Alabama - 152
9. Colorado State - 133
10. Washington State - 112

Szekely's Long Road Leads To Success In Knoxville

FULL STORY HERE

By: Sean Cartell (@SEC_Sean)
SEC Digital Network

Kata Szekely has come a long way over the past three years.

The 5-foot-6 junior on the Tennessee women's tennis team has done that both literally and figuratively.

Entering Friday's match-up with Ole Miss in Oxford, Szekely has posted a 16-5 singles record on the year, including eight victories against ranked opponents this season. She also achieved the highest singles ranking of her collegiate career on Feb. 16, checking in at No. 37 nationally. 

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Click the link above to continue reading about Szekely's journey!

Tennis Falls To Eighth In ITA Poll


After going 1-1 this past weekend to open SEC play, the Lady Vols fell from fifth to eighth in Tuesday's Campbell/ITA College Tennis Team Rankings.

A week ago, Tennessee (10-4) earned its first top-five rating since a program-best second placing in May 2001.

Last Friday, Tennessee suffered a 7-0 setback to No. 15 Florida - which vaulted up to second in the latest poll. The Lady Vols rebounded with a 4-3 win over then-No. 22 South Carolina on Sunday.

Three of Tennessee's four losses have come to teams that are currently ranked in the Top Six (Florida-2, USC-4 & Virginia-6).

The Lady Vols return to action this weekend, touring the state of Mississippi. Friday, UT will face No. 25 Ole Miss at 4 p.m. and Sunday, the Lady Vols are slated for a 2 p.m. first-serve at Mississippi State.

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