April 18, 2010
The Tennessee Volunteers completed their first goal of the season by winning the outright SEC regular season title Saturday. Now comes the second challenge: playing for an SEC Tournament Championship.
As the regular-season conference champion, Tennessee (23-1, 11-0 SEC) enters the SEC Tournament as the top seed. The tournament begins Thursday and runs through Sunday at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex in Lexington, Ky.
The Vols, ranked second nationally, start in the second round Friday at 6 p.m. against the winner of Thursday's No. 8 Alabama/No. 9 LSU match.
Tennessee has won two SEC Tournament titles, both seasons in which the event was held in Knoxville. The Vols won the regular season and tournament titles in 1990, and in 2002, they won the tournament on their way to a semifinal appearance in the NCAA Championships.
The Vols have improved in the tournament each season since Sam Winterbotham joined the program as head coach four years ago. They made it to the quarterfinals in 2007 and the semifinals in 2008. Last year, they reached the finals before losing to top-seeded Mississippi 4-2.
Tickets for the championships are on sale now through Kentucky athletics. Fans can purchase championship passes and single-day tickets by calling 1-800-928-CATS or in person at the UK ticket office at the Joe Craft Center, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ticket prices include:
Adult Championship Pass (all four days): $10
Child/Senior/Student Championship Pass (all four days): $6
Adult Single Day: $4
Child/Senior/Student Single Day: $2
The Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex will open one hour prior to the start of each day. Only cash will be accepted at the tennis center. Ticket Sales/Will Call/Player Pass will be located outside at the northwest corner of the facility.
Spectators are asked to park in Parking Structure #7 located next to tennis complex on Sports Center Drive. Fans attending the event may purchase one-time use parking vouchers at the ticket tent for $3. Other lots near the UK tennis complex are residential lots (R lots) and are not open for event spectators. Parking in these areas will result in parking fines.