MIKE PATRICK ON WHORISKEY:
"Entering her senior season, Caitlin has established herself as one of the best players in the country. She has an arsenal of weapons at her disposal and has learned to use them effectively. We are looking for the returning All-American to help lead the team to a successful campaign, both on and off the court."
SENIOR (FALL 2009):
Had arguably the best fall season of her collegiate career, winning multiple tournaments in singles and doubles to collect a team-high 11-3 singles record and 10-1 doubles mark with partner Natalie Pluskota...Was selected as a U.S. representative to compete at Master'U BNP Paribas in Politeirs, France...Whoriskey and Pluskota were ranked as the nation's No. 7 doubles team in the ITA preseason rankings while Whoriskey also occupied the 27th spot in singles...Ousted Old Dominion's Nadine Fahoum from singles competition at the ITA Indoor National Championships, 6-4, 6-2...Competed alongside Pluskota as the top-seeded doubles duo at the same tournament...The pair kicked off its run to the finals by defeating the No. 33 Boise State team of Lauren Magale and Pichittra Thongbach, 8-5...Collected its ninth and 10th consecutive wins of the fall versus DePaul's No. 31 Anna Redecsi and Selma Salkovic and Miami's 36th-ranked Gabriella Mejia and Laura Vallverdu before having its streak snapped by the No. 3 Stanford team of Hilary Barte and Lindsay Burdette in the finals...Earned an automatic bid into the indoor championships after capturing the singles title at the ITA Ohio Valley Regionals...Opened her run by blanking MTSU's Taylor Coffey, 6-0, 6-0...Followed that contest with four more straight-set victories...Beat No. 38 Jackie Wu from Vanderbilt in the finals, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7), her third Commodore opponent of the tournament...Reached the quarterfinals in singles main draw at the Riviera/ITA All-American Tournament after receiving a wild-card entry...Easily defeated the nation's No. 1 player, Northwestern's Maria Mosolova, 6-3, 6-1 in round one...In round two, she fought for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 win over USC's Danielle Lao...Combined with Pluskota to take the doubles crown at the All-American...Defeated Allie Will and Lauren Embree of Florida, 3-6, 6-1, 6-0, in the finals but not before the unseeded Tennessee tandem avenged its 2009 NCAA Championships semifinal loss to the second-seeded and No. 3 duo of Hilary Barte and Lindsay Burdette with an 8-4 win in quarterfinal action...Fell to Mosolova in the Flight One finals of the Furman Fall Classic but did defeat North Carolina's Sanaz Marand and No. 9 Josipa Bek from Clemson, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 and 6-0, 6-1, respectively...Topped teams from Florida State, Northwestern and Clemson to win Flight One doubles at the Furman Fall Classic.
Had a tremendous season, finishing with a spot on the 2009 All-SEC First Team and garnered All-America status in doubles...Named Most Improved by teammates and coaches...Rated No. 34 in the final ITA singles poll and No. 8 in the doubles poll with partner Natalie Pluskota...Became the first Lady Vol in school history to earn a spot on the prestigious 2009 USTA Summer Collegiate Team...Over the summer, paired with Pluskota to make the finals at the Hilton Head Pro Circuit Tournament...Reached the singles and doubles finals at Heartland Clinic USTA Women's Classic...Seeded seventh at the Norman Wilkerson Tennis Experience, Whoriskey ousted eighth-seeded Hilary Barte of Stanford along the way...At the same tournament, teamed with Southern Cal's Maria Sanchez in doubles to advance to the quarterfinals...Went to the semis in doubles at the Empire Loan $50,000 Tournament, a USTA Pro Circuit event in Boston, Mass....There, she combined with Kelcy McKenna from Arizona State to march through three opponents, including the 877th and 822nd-ranked teams in the world before dropping to the eventual tournament champions...Knocked out the top seed, 6-1, 6-4, at the Brownsville Women's $10,000 Tournament... At the Head/Tail Activewear Women's Pro Circuit Tournament, she made the doubles final and found a spot in the quarterfinals for singles...Was featured by the USTA in its "College Spotlight" series online...Earned All-America honors in doubles after a semifinal finish in the NCAA Doubles Championships with Pluskota...Beat three teams ranked in the top 40 nationally, including a 7-6 (7), 6-3 victory over the No. 2 team of Kelcy Tafft and Kristy Frilling from Notre Dame in round two...Fell to the No. 8 combo of Burdette and Barte in three sets in the semis...Spent the entire season in the top lineup spot for UT, tallying a 22-19 singles mark and a 26-15 doubles record, claiming 15 doubles victories alongside Pluskota...Fell to the then-No. 34 ranked Reka Zsilinzka in round one of the NCAA Singles Championships, but not before ousting Zsilinzka at the Michigan Invitational...In NCAA team competition, won her first-round match, 6-3, 6-3, against ETSU's Yevgeniya Stupak...Throughout the spring, defeated eight players ranked within the top-65 nationally, including No. 15 Megan Falcon of LSU 6-2, 6-4...Split time in doubles with Maria Sorbello, Zsófia Zubor and Pluskota during the season...Alongside Pluskota, triumphed over Falcon and Mykala Hedberg from LSU, the country's 14th-ranked combo, and followed up that performance with two more wins against two top-50 teams...Met South Carolina's Gira Schofield three times, winning twice, with scores of 7-6 (7), 7-5 (April 24) and 6-3, 7-5 (March 13)...Began the year ranked No. 33 in the country for doubles with Sorbello, despite not having played together...Collected wins in three of their last five matches...The pair came away with a flight title at the University of Virginia Invitational...Overcame a slow start to the fall season to win seven of her last nine singles matches...Got on track at the ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif., where she took down a pair of ranked players in the qualifying singles draw...Opened the competition with a 6-0, 6-4 triumph over No. 66 Anastasia Revzina from Florida before downing No. 43 Kelcy Tefft from Notre Dame, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4...Was eliminated in the final round of the qualifying singles draw...Also joined forces with Sorbello to reach the final match of the consolation bracket for the qualifying doubles draw...After dropping its initial match, the tandem defeated three straight opponents, including ranked teams from Duke and Georgia...Whoriskey continued her strong play at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C., where she reached the semifinals of the singles draw and Round of 16 in doubles play...Won four consecutive singles matches in straight sets to open the tournament...Competed with Zubor in doubles action, downing a duo from Elon in the opening round.
Named to the 2008 All-SEC Second Team...Co-MVP of the Lady Vol tennis team...Also earned a spot on the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll for her work in the classroom...Posted a 16-9 singles record, including a 12-6 mark from the top position in the lineup during dual-match play...Also tallied a stellar 26-14 record in doubles action...Was 25-13 when paired with Zsófia Zubor...The duo put up a 12-9 record from the No. 1 doubles position and went 11-7 against nationally-ranked competition...The tandem finished the season as the No. 16-ranked team in the country after reaching as high as No. 2 following the fall campaign...Won her first seven singles matches of the spring in a stretch that lasted from Jan. 18-Feb. 17...Also claimed five doubles wins during the run...Clinched back-to-back victories for UT over Auburn (March 27) and Alabama (March 30)...Defeated No. 48 Yvette Hyndman from Georgia in a 5-2 loss on April 12...Teamed with Zubor to tally a victory over the Georgia Tech combo of Kristi Miller and Sasha Krupina, 8-6, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament...Earned bid to compete in both the singles and doubles draws at the NCAA Individual Championships in Tulsa, Okla....During the fall, the sophomore duo of Whoriskey and Zubor was spectacular, earning the top ranking in the Southeast Region after putting together a 13-3 record, including seven victories over ranked opponents...The Tennessee tandem made a splash on the national scene at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, advancing through the qualifying draw before earning the doubles title...The combo claimed seven total wins in the week-long competition, including triumphs over the top teams from the Big Ten, Southeastern, Pac-10 and Atlantic Coast Conferences...Also downed the then-No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 7, No. 35 and No. 54-ranked pairings en route to the doubles championship...The duo later competed at the ITA Indoor National Championships in Columbus, Ohio, where it picked up an 8-2 triumph over Anna Karaveyeva and Maria Klokotzky of Fresno Pacific...In singles play during the fall campaign, Whoriskey finished with a 4-2 record...She claimed a straight-set victory over No. 80 Sasha Kulikova of Wake Forest in the flight two consolation bracket at the St. Mary's Classic for the third win over a ranked opponent in her career...Also picked up a pair of singles triumphs at the Furman Fall Classic, Sept. 28-30.
One of the Lady Vols' most consistent players during her initial season at Tennessee...Finished with a 21-12 singles record, splitting time between the three and four spots in the lineup...Was also one of the team's most effective doubles players, recording a 21-15 record...Strung together three consecutive singles victories to open the spring portion of her rookie year...Also combined with Samantha Orlin to post triumphs in six straight doubles contests from Jan. 27-Feb. 25...First combined efforts with Zubor against No. 2 Notre Dame on March 16...After two matches at the second position in the lineup, the duo solidified the top spot for the remainder of the season...Recorded a personal-best four-match singles winning streak during the middle of conference season (March 30-April 8)...Opened the run with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over No. 34 Catherine Newman of Vanderbilt...Also played well in doubles during that span, as she and Zubor earned the Lady Vols' first doubles victory over a ranked opponent on the season with a 9-7 win against the No. 5-ranked Kentucky tandem of Joelle Schwenk and Kim Coventry on April 1...The pairing added a 9-7 win over the No. 10-rated combo of Darya Ivanov and Yvette Hyndman of Georgia on April 14...In the postseason, Whoriskey helped the Lady Vols reach the semifinals of the SEC Tournament with wins in both singles and doubles against Alabama and singles victories versus South Carolina and Georgia...Whoriskey continued to the NCAA Individual Championships in Athens, Ga., to compete in the doubles draw with Zubor...The No. 28-ranked freshman combo advanced to the Round of 16 with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over No. 39 Tinesta Rowe and Melanie Gloria of Fresno State, before dropping a 6-2, 6-4 decision to the fourth-rated duo of Ana Cetnik and Anna Sydorska of TCU...In her first fall at Rocky Top, Whoriskey finished with an 8-3 record in singles and 7-5 in doubles...Claimed the first singles victory of her collegiate career with a dominating performance over N.C. State's Agustina Arechavaleta, 6-1, 6-0, at the St. Mary's Classic...Earned runner-up honors in flight six at the Furman Fall Classic...Advanced to the main draw of the ITA Southeast Region Indoor Championships with a pair of singles wins in the qualifying draw.
Ranked No. 36 on the 2006 TennisInformation.com national junior standings...Has won three ITF doubles titles and was an ITF singles finalist in Mexico...Finished in second place in doubles at the USTA Clay Courts and was third in doubles at the USTA Hard Courts in 2005.
Plans to major in geography...Goal is to be named one of the top 50 players in the world...States her biggest sports influence as tennis great Steffi Graff...Enjoys reading, and listening to music in her free time... Has three sisters, Keri, 29, Erin, 27, and Meghan, 23...Caitlin Ailis Whoriskey, the daughter of Michael and Deborah Whoriskey, was born on Feb. 19, 1988, in Boston, Mass.