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

March 13 ITA Rankings
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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.

Happy Birthday - Feb. 25: Cam Clear, Joanna Henderson

On Feb. 25, we wish Happy Birthday to football tight end Cameron Clear and freshman tennis player Joanna Henderson

Cameron Clear  Joanna Henderson

Manisha Malhotra Awarded World Trophy

Four-time All-American Manisha Malhotra was recently honored by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with the World Trophy, which recognizes outstanding contribution to the development of women's participation in sport and sports administration.

To read more on Malhotra's honor, CLICK HERE.

As a Lady Vol from 1995-98, Malhotra earned doubles All-America distinctions in 1996, 1997 and 1998 and was a singles All-American in 1997.

Malhotra's 108 singles wins rank as the fifth-most in program history, while her 88 doubles victories are 11th all-time at UT.

Selections Announced USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoors

The ITA announced the final selections for next week's USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in Flushing, N.Y.

The Vol freshman duo of Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese qualified for the exclusive 16-team doubles draw by winning the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships on Monday.

The Lady Vols will once again have a participant in both the singles and doubles draws. Senior Natalie Pluskota and junior Kata Szekely teamed up for the first time to win the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championship doubles tournament in Memphis two weeks ago.

Pluskota also made it into the 32-player singles draw as an at-large invitation.

The USTA/ITA Indoors runs Nov. 3-6 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., the site of the US Open. A live blog for all Tennessee's matches will be available at UTSports.com and UTLadyVols.com.

The entire list of men's and women's entries is available here.

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