Lady Vols Picked Fourth In SEC East

Jan. 18, 2013


KNOXVILLE - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team has been picked to finish fourth in the SEC Eastern Division by the coaches of the Southeastern Conference.

The Florida Gators were picked as the overall champion for the fourth consecutive year. Last season, the Gators went 27-1, 11-0 in the SEC. They won the regular season SEC title as well as the SEC Tournament title.

The Lady Vols are coming off of their 18th consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament falling to Virginia in the second round.

Individually, recent graduate Natalie Pluskota and current senior Kata Szekely reached the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles tournament while Pluskota, Szekely and current junior Brynn Boren earned a spot in the NCAA Singles Championship in 2012.

The Lady Vols finished the fall campaign as Szekely and Boren combined for the USTA/ITA Ohio State Valley Doubles Championship while Szekely ousted Boren for the singles title.

The preseason poll is voted on by the women's tennis head coach at each institution and is based on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 count in each division. They also vote for the overall champion, with each vote counting as one point.

2013 Women's Tennis Coaches Preseason Poll

Eastern Division Points
1. Florida 98
2. Georgia 83
3. Vanderbilt 62
4. Tennessee 61
5. South Carolina 44
6. Kentucky 23
7. Missouri 21

Western Division Points
1. Texas A&M 94
2. Alabama 88
3. Ole Miss 66
4. Arkansas 47
5. Auburn 46
6. LSU 34
7. Mississippi State 17

Overall Regular Season Champion: Florida (13 points), Texas A&M (1)





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