Jan. 4, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team is ranked No. 23 in the country heading into the spring portion of its schedule according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
The Lady Vols, who were ranked 24th at the end of the 2011 season, move up a spot after a stellar fall season. They are one of five SEC teams ranked in the top-25.
"We have to start somewhere," said co-head coach Mike Patrick. "We are starting about where we finished last year so now we have to do the work, improve each week and get better."
Along with the team ranking, junior Brynn Boren and senior Kata Szekely are ranked No. 23 and No. 25 in the country in singles. Boren dropped five spots from her fall ranking of No. 18, however Szekely moved up three spots in the rankings.
On the doubles side the duo combined for a No. 12 ranking after a 17-3 fall season that saw six wins over ranked teams, including four upset victories, an Ohio Valley Regional Championship and a spot in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships.
Weekly team rankings begin on Jan. 22, with the exception the weeks during the ITA Division I National Team Indoor Championships. Singles and doubles rankings are published every other week starting Feb. 12.
INSIDE THE SINGLES RANKINGS
Boren, who entered the fall season ranked No. 18 in the country slipped a little heading into the spring. Boren finished the fall with a 10-7 record including two top-10 victories, and went 6-4 against ranked opponents.
Szekely, who had a No. 28 ranking prior to the fall season, moved up to the top-25 in the spring (25) after a 13-5 fall record that included a 4-3 record against ranked opponents. Szekely was perfect at the USTA/ITA Championships taking home the title from her teammate Boren.
INSIDE THE DOUBLES RANKINGS
The duo began the fall season ranked No. 34 in the country in doubles and went on to shock some top-10 teams at the national tournaments to finish with just three losses, one in their first match as a doubles partnership, the second against the No. 19 team in the country and the third against no. 7 Pepperdine at the USTA/ITA Championships.
Boren and Szekely finished with a 7-2 record against ranked opponents and upset No. 2 UCLA, No. 5 Michigan, and No. 15 Florida en route to their current No. 12 doubles ranking.
Joining the duo, and ranked for the first time as a doubles pair, are Henderson and Williams who played exclusively together during the fall season and finished with a 5-3 record. The twosome played together just four times last season and have a career record of 8-4 when playing together.
THE SEASON IS UPON US
The Lady Vols will begin their season in just a couple of weekends when they take part in the UVa Winter Invitational from January 19-21 in Charlottesville.