Tennis No. 13 in Initial ITA Rankings

Jan. 4, 2011

By Donnie Conley, Media Relations Student Assistant

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team is ranked No. 13 in the initial Campbell/Intercollegiate Tennis Association College Rankings, which were released on Tuesday.

Tennessee returns four players from a team that won 19 matches and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

A trio of Lady Vols is ranked in singles, led by freshman Brynn Boren, who is 20th in the poll. Rounding out the group are seniors Rosalía Alda (87th) and Maria Sorbello (116th).

UT also boasts two doubles teams are among the top 20. The duo of Alda and freshman Millie Nichols are the ninth-rated tandem, while Boren and Sorbello come in at No. 19. Boren and Sorbello captured the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional doubles championship and advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Intercollegiate Indoors in November.

Co-head coach Sonia Hahn-Patrick said that the early season rankings are indicative of the well-rounded nature of this year's team.

"I think it just shows the depth of our lineup," Hahn-Patrick said. "We have freshmen and seniors ranked. Two of our three doubles teams are ranked and that's a good start for us."

Boren led the Lady Vols with 13 singles victories this fall. Alda was second with 10, and both had four wins over ranked opponents. Sorbello was limited during the early part of the fall schedule by injury, but went 4-1 in singles play and 6-1 in doubles with Boren.

Alda and Nichols went 8-2 and captured the flight one doubles crown at the 2010 Furman Fall Classic. Alda enters the spring season with 89 career doubles wins, placing her 10th in school history.

The Big Orange will also be looking for contributions from upperclassmen Jennifer Meredith and Natalie Pluskota. A junior from Newnan, Ga., Pluskota missed the fall due to injury. She finished last season ranked No. 1 nationally in doubles. Sophomore Kata Szekely and a pair of freshmen, Whitney Wofford and Kayla McMurry, round out this year's roster.

Tennessee has one final tournament, the Michigan Invitational, held from Jan. 15-17 in Ann Arbor, Mich. After that, UT will open dual match play on the road at No. 24 Illinois on Jan. 23. Tennessee will then christen the newly-renovated Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center by hosting the ITA Kick-Off Weekend from Jan. 27-28. No. 18 Ole Miss, No. 27 SMU and No. 33 Ohio State will all participate in that event.

"We have a tough schedule to start the season," Hahn-Patrick said. "I think it's going to show us where our team is, what we need to work on and how much we need to prepare. I think everyone's going to be competing hard for where they'll play in the lineup and that competition will be a good thing."

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