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    Kata Szekely     
     
      Kata Szekely
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Szekesfehervar, Hungary

High School:
Janos Kodolanyi High School

Height:
5-6

Career Singles Record: 87-34
Career Doubles Record: 98-23
Highest Singles Ranking: No. 37 (2/16/2012)
Highest Doubles Ranking: No. 7 (6/6/2012)

HONORS
2012 ITA Doubles All-American 2012 Second Team All-SEC 2011 Second Team All-SEC 2011 Academic All-SEC 2010 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll

SINGLES TITLES
2011 Furman Fall Classic (Flight Three) 2010 SEC Coaches' Tournament (Flight Seven)

DOUBLES TITLES
2012 Tennessee Fall Classic 2011 USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional 2010 SEC Coaches' Tournament (Flight Three)

MATCH-BY-MATCH
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12

AS A SENIOR (2012-13)
Singles
  • Swept #47 Alexa Guarachi (Alabama) 6-4, 7-5 (4/19)
  • Defeated Emily Flickinger (Auburn) 6-2, 6-2 (4/14)
  • Managed win over No. 29 Mary Anne Macfarlane (Alabama) 7-5, 6-2 (4/12)
  • Defeated Ella Taylor of LSU 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) (4/7)
  • Has not lost a singles match since March 2nd
  • Took down Ohio State's Kara Cecil 6-3, 6-2 (2/17)
  • Handedly defeats Katie Klyczek (IU) 6-2, 6-1 (2/15)
  • Currently holds a four-match win streak after two wins at the ITA Kickoff in Lincoln, Neb. (1/27)
  • Went 2-1 during the UVA Winter Invitational falling only to #72 Tereza Bekerova of Utah (1/19)

  • Defeated No. 81 Francesca Segarelli of Florida State in a three set battle, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 at the Furman Classic
  • Lost in doubles match with Brynn Boren against Duke, 6-4, 6-4 at ITA
  • Defeated team member and No. 18 ranked Brynn Boren in singles final of the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regionals, 6-4, 6-2 (10/22)
  • Suffered singles loss against Georgia State's Abigail Tere-Apisah 6-2, 7-5, at the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships (10/22)
  • Defeated Nadia Ravita of Kentucky, 6-4, 6-4 in the third day of the Lady Vol Classic (10/28)

Doubles
  • Registered a win over #48 Alexandra Perper/Naomi Tran (Miss. St.) 8-5 (4/18)
  • Defeated #10 Pleun Burgmans/Plamena Kurteva (Auburn) 8-5(4/14)
  • Crushed LSU's Jeremiah/Morton doubles pairing 8-1 (4/7)
  • Defeated the #74 doubles team Paulson/Jonker of Arkansas 8-4 (4/5)
  • Coupled with Brynn Boren, the tandem has not lost a match since March 2nd
  • Managed a win with partner Brynn Boren by def. Kara Cecil/Noelle Malley of Ohio State 8-2 (2/17)
  • Took down the #44 Sophie Garre/Leslie Hureau IU team 8-5 (2/15)
  • No. 1 doubles tandom with Kata Szekely d. No. 21 Brooke Bolender/Ronit Yurovsky (U-M), 8-5 (2/3)

  • Went 1-2 with partner Brynn Boren at the ITA Kickoff in Lincoln, Neb. (1/27)
  • Defeated the #10 and #42 doubles teams in the counrty representing Virginia, and Northwestern with Brynn Boren at the UVA Winter Invatational (1/21)
  • Recorded a 17-3 doubles record over the Fall 2012 season
  • Claimed the doubles title with an 8-5 win over Cecil/Dieters of Ohio State (10/28)
  • Coupled with Brynn Boren, defeated Ashleigh Antal/Marie Casares Vanderbilt 6-0, 6-1 to win the doubles crown at the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regionals (10/22)
  • Defeated the No. 15 Florida and No. 2 UCLA doubles teams at the Riviera ITA Women's All-American Championships (10/4)
  • Named to ITA's preseason rankings with partner Brynn Boren the 34th best doubles tandem in Division I

AS A JUNIOR (2011-12)
Singles
  • Finished season with 26-9 (18-6) record, leading the Lady Vols with 26 wins while playing from top three positions
  • Defeated 9-16 seed and 12th-ranked Emina Bektas (Michigan) to advance to the NCAA Singles Tournament's Round of 32, marking the highest-ranked win of her career
  • Win capped her career-high seven-match winning streak
  • All-SEC second team selection
  • Ranked for first time in career, finishing season 46th nationally and fifth regionally
  • 10-5 vs. ranked opponents, including two Top 30 wins to open dual match season
  • Defeated No. 16 Lauren McHale (UNC)6-3, 6-2

  • Led Lady Vols with 18 dual-match wins
  • Clinched two wins for UT
  • Was 7-1 in three-set matches and won seven SEC contests
  • Won the flight three singles title at the Furman Fall Classic
  • Started season 7-1 for second time in three years
  • Reeled off three straight wins at the Ohio Valley Regional to advance to the quarterfinals
  • Defeated No. 68 Dijana Stojic of South Carolina 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, in the flight three championship

Doubles
  • Became Tennessee's 15th All-American, advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Tournament with Natalie Pluskota
  • Also led team with 31 (31-5) doubles wins, including a 19-2 dual match record.
  • 31 doubles wins were the 13th-most by a Lady Vol all-time in a single season
  • Dual-match win total (19) led team
  • .Recorded team-best nine SEC wins (9-1)
  • Upset third-seeded Shinann Featherston and Lauren McHale of UNC 7-6 (2), 6-3 and then defeated No. 18 Emily Fraser and Lindsey Hardenbergh of Virginia 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2) to earn All-American honors
  • Also knocked off No. 22 Lauren Embree and Joanna Mather (Florida) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (3) to advance to semis
  • Finished season ranked career-high seventh with Pluskota nationally
  • Duo also ranked first in Ohio Valley Region

  • Won season-high 14 straight(three with Henderson, 11 with Pluskota), ending in NCAA Doubles Tournament Semifinals
  • Won 18 of last 20
  • Was 7-2 against ranked opponents, including win over Alabama's Alexa Guarachi and Courtney McLane (ranked 19th)
  • Helped UT clinch four doubles points
  • Won 24 of matches by at least four points
  • During fall alongside Pluskota, dominated competition at the regional to earn second career doubles title and earn berth in the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
  • Duo continued winning streak with two more victories at National Indoors to advance to the quarterfinals, including a win over No. 12 Embree and Mather of Florida
  • Pair won five straight matches at Regional, not allowing any opponent to win more than three games

AS A SOPHOMORE (2010-11)
Singles
  • Recorded a career-best 18 singles wins, going 18-10 as a sophomore
  • Majority of action came at the No. 4 spot in the lineup, but also saw time at the three and five positions
  • In dual-match play, she was 15-8

  • Defeated No. 111 Alex Anghelescu of Georgia and No. 115 Lauren Mira of Vanderbilt in straight sets
  • Matched career-best with five straight wins beginning with a pair at the Michigan Invitational
  • Defeated 12 opponents in straight sets

Doubles
  • Played third in lineup for most of season
  • Reeled off 18 consecutive doubles victories and 20 of final 21 alongside Jennifer Meredith to finish with a 21-5 record, including a 20-2 mark in dual-match play
  • Posted a 10-1 SEC record
  • Allowed two points or less on 11 occasions

  • Winning percentage of .808 was second on team
  • Notched ranked wins against No. 68 Leslie Hureau and Sophie Garre of Indiana and No. 80 Antonia Foehse and Mary Anne Macfarlane of Alabama
  • Played with Kayla McMurry in the fall and went 1-1

AS A FRESHMAN (2009-10)
Singles
  • Named to the 2009-10 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll
  • Posted a 4-4 singles record in dual match play
  • Went 3-1 in singles play and 3-0 in doubles play in the NCAA Tournament
  • Contributed to Tennessee sweep of No. 4 Michigan by thrashing Michelle Sulahian, 6-2, 6-0
  • Topped Pauula Pereira in straight sets on May 14 to help Tennessee advance past Winthrop in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament
  • Snagged the Flight Seven singles title at the SEC Coaches' Tournament

  • Earned her first-ever dual match singles win against Danielle Terpko of Mississippi State on April 4
  • Was terrific in her first collegiate fall season, finishing with an 8-2 singles record and an identical doubles mark
  • Ousted three opponents from Indiana, Miami (Ohio) and Memphis to reach the singles semifinals at the ITA Ohio Valley Regionals
  • Beat North Carolina No. 79 Sophie Grabinski at the Furman Fall Classic, 6-4, 6-2

Doubles
  • Posted a 5-5 mark in doubles competition
  • Teamed with Maria Sorbello, she helped UT post a comeback victory at No. 3 doubles to clinch the doubles point against Notre Dame in the NCAA Quarterfinals
  • Also recorded a doubles win against Winthrop, pairing up with Maria Sorbello to top Lisa Wilkinson and Sara Abutovic

  • Partnered with Maria Sorbello for all doubles competitions
  • Won the Flight Three doubles crown at the SEC Coaches Tournament.

HIGH SCHOOL
  • Member of the Hungarian National Team in 2003 and 2004
  • Had a first-place finish in doubles against Portugal in 2003 and a third-place singles finish versus Belarus
  • Won the Hungarian National Championship in the under-16 category in 2004, and in 2007 in the U18 division

  • Won bronze at the 2005 Hungarian Women's Championship
  • Traveled with the European Junior Tour
  • Played with the Tabani Spartacus and Alba Blanca tennis clubs
  • Played two ITF tournaments in 2006 at Dubai

PERSONAL
  • Enjoys going to the theater and hanging out with friends
  • Lists her first tennis racket as her biggest influence because she started her career with it
  • .Names Andre Agassi as the person she has modeled her game after and says Roger Federer is the person she admires the most

  • Chose Tennessee because of it sports achievements and notoriety
  • Has one sibling, Balazs
  • Kata Szekely, daughter of Dr. Andras and Mrs. Marianna Szekely, was born September 19, 1989, in Mór, Hungary

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