Jan. 23, 2014
CLEMSON, S.C. - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team will begin dual meet season at the ITA Kickoff in Clemson, S.C. this Saturday, January 25 vs. the No. 27 ranked Purdue Boilermakers.
The Lady Vols will take part in two matches on the weekend and have the potential to face either the host team in No. 13 Clemson or No. 56 Fresno State on Sunday.
- No. 32 Tennessee will take on No. 27 Purdue and either No. 13 Clemson or No. 56 Fresno State this weekend
- The matches will be the first dual matches of the season for the Lady Vols
- Tennessee has two ranked singles players in No. 53 Eve Repic and No. 99 Joanna Henderson, and a ranked doubles teams in No. 43 Joanna Henderson/Caitlyn Williams.
Tennessee holds a 27-6 all-time record against the three teams in the tournament this weekend.
- Saturday, January 25 - 9 a.m. No. 32 Tennessee vs. No. 27 Purdue
- Sunday, January 26 - 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. No. 31 Tennessee vs. No. 13 Clemson/No. 58 Fresno State
- The Lady Vols enter this weekend's competition ranked No. 32 in the country.
- Co-Head Coaches Mike Patrick and Sonia Hahn-Patrick begin their 17th season together leading the Lady Vols. They have compiled a 282-158 record together.
- The Lady Vols begin the spring season with two athletes ranked in singles, and two athletes ranked in doubles play.
- The Lady Vols have six fresh faces on the team this season in freshmen Ashlee Boles (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Laurence Guevremont (Montreal, Quebec), Brittany Lindl (Panama City, Fla.), Victoria Olivarez (Virginia Beach, Va.), Ambika Pande (Gurgaon, India), and Eve Repic (Oakville, Ontario).
- Tennessee boasts a diverse squad that represents four different states, two provinces of Canada and four different countries.
Tennessee will begin the season against No. 27 Purdue and could face either Clemson or Fresno State on Sunday.
- The Lady Vols and Boilermakers have met 16 times in the past. Tennessee has yet to lose a match vs. Purdue entering the series undefeated.
- The last meeting between the two teams came on January 25, 2009 in West Lafayette, a 6-1 victory.
- Purdue has one player ranked in singles, No. 110 Mara Schmidt and no doubles pairs ranked.
- Last season, Purdue reached the round of 32 at the NCAA Regionals where they fell to No. 6 Miami.
- Clemson is the highest ranked team on the weekend coming in at No. 13.
- The host team has already played in two dual matches on the season entering this weekend defeating Troy 4-0 and Charleston Southern 6-1 at home this season.
- Tennessee and Clemson have also met 16 times in the past, but the last meeting between the two teams came on March 14, 1999 in Knoxville. Tennessee started the series off on a five-match losing streak, but has won 10 of the last 11 meetings.
- The Vols are 4-4 in Clemson.
- The Tigers have four ranked singles players: No. 44 Beatrice Gumulya, No. 51 Romy Kolzer, No. 74 Yana Koroleva, and No. 103 Tristen Dewar.
- Clemson also has one ranked doubles team in No. 49 Jessy Rompies and Kolzer.
- Last season, the Tigers were knocked out of the NCAA Tournament in the Round of 16 by Georgia.
- Fresno State will travel across the country for this tournament.
- The Bulldogs will also take part in their first matches of the year at the tournament.
- Tennessee and Fresno State have met just once in the past, a 7-2 victory for the Lady Vols in Turtle Bay, Hawaii.
- Fresno State has one ranked singles player in No. 104 Sophie Watts and a ranked doubles team in No. 41 Ashwarya Agrawai and Claire Yang.
NEWS AND NOTES
- Co-Head Coach Mike Patrick, in his 27th year at the helm of the Tennessee women's tennis program is closing in on a career milestone, the 500th victory.
- Patrick, who is in his 30th season coaching tennis at the collegiate level has earned 497 career victories, 441 of those coming at UT.
- Patrick has also coached in 790 career matches
- With her two match victories over ranked opponents this weekend, Freshman Eve Repic earned singles runner up honors at the Virginia Winter Invitational