Jan. 31, 2013
TENNESSEE AT MICHIGAN & NOTRE DAME
The No. 25 University of Tennessee women's tennis team will head back out on the road this weekend when they travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. and South Bend, Ind. for meetings with No. 16 Michigan and No. 18 Notre Dame.
FIRST UP FRIDAY
SECOND UP SUNDAY
Tennessee vs. Michigan
- The Lady Vols lead the all-time series with Michigan 11-3.
- In Ann Arbor, Tennessee has a 4-3 edge in the series, however the Wolverines have won the last three matches to take place in the state of Michigan.
- The Lady Vols have won the last two meetings between the two teams, a 2010 NCAA match in 2010 in Athens, Ga. (4-0) and last season UT took down the Wolverines 5-2 in Knoxville.
Tennessee vs. Notre Dame
- Notre Dame and Tennessee have met 23 times in the past with the Lady Vols holding a 13-10 series lead.
- The series is tied at three-all in South Bend where Notre Dame has won the last two meetings.
- Though the Lady Vols won last year 6-1 in Knoxville, the Fighting Irish won the previous six meetings between the two teams.
- The Lady Vols are coming off of the ITA Kickoff where they traveled to Lincoln, Neb. to face host team and No. 17 Nebraska and No. 22 Georgia Tech.
- Tennessee dropped both matches on the weekend by close scores falling to Nebraska 4-3 on Saturday, and Georgia Tech 4-2 on Sunday.
- Senior Kata Szekely was the only Lady Vol to win both of her singles matches on the weekend, also garnering the lone doubles win alongside partner Brynn Boren.
RECORDS AND RANKINGS
- Co-Head Coaches Mike Patrick and Sonia Hahn-Patrick are in their 15th season together leading the Lady Vols. They have compiled a 269-148 record.
- The Lady Vols begin the spring season with two athletes ranked in singles, and two athletes ranked in doubles play.
- Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely are ranked in the top-25 in singles with Boren coming in at No. 23 and Szekely notching the highest ranking of her career at No. 25.
- On the doubles side, Boren/Szekely combined for a No. 12 ranking, while sophomores Joanna Henderson and Caitlyn Williams enjoy their first ranking of the 2012-13 season at No. 41.
- Every dual match the Lady Vols have taken part in this season has come against a top-25 team
- Tennessee and Michigan will meet for the 15th time in the series between the two teams. The Lady Vols hold an 11-3 series lead.
- UT has a 4-3 edge in Ann Arbor, but Michigan has won the last three matches on their home courts against Tennessee. However, the Lady Vols have won the last two matches in the series.
- Michigan has two singles players ranked in the top-100 as Robit Yurovsky comes in at No. 61 while Amy Zhu is No. 94 in the country. On the doubles side, Michigan has just one doubles team ranked, Brooke Bolender and Emina Bektas, who Boren and Szekely defeated 8-4 at the ITA All-American Championships in the fall when they were ranked in the top-5. They currently rank 21st.
- Michigan also began its season at the ITA Kickoff, but as a host team, shutting out the competition 7-0 against Brown and 4-0 against South Carolina to advance to the National Team Championships for the fourth consecutive season.
- After hosting the Lady Vols, the Wolverines will travel to Chapel Hill for a meeting with the Tar Heels on Sunday, Feb. 3.
- The Lady Vols and Notre Dame have met on the court 23 times in the past with Tennessee holding a 13-10 lead in the series.
- The two teams have met just six times in the past in South Bend with the the series tied at three-all, however the Fighting Irish have won the last two meetings.
- The Fighting Irish have one ranked singles player, No. 58 Britney Sanders, and two teams ranked in the Top-50 at No. 20 and No. 44 doubles.
- Last weekend at the ITA Kickoff, the Fighting Irish defeated Georgia Tech 4-3 in the first round to advance to the Championship match where they fell in a tough 4-1 decision to host team Nebraska to snap their three match win-streak which started the 2013 season.
- The meeting with the Lady Vols will be their first since the ITA Kickoff.
NEWS AND NOTES
- No. 2 singles player Kata Szekely is currently on a four match win-streak entering the weekend after sweeping the competition last weekend and winning her final two singles matches of the UVA Winter Invitational.
- Szekely has won 73 career singles matches, and 83 career doubles victories. Her 83 doubles wins places her in 15th on the Lady Vol All-Time Career Doubles Wins list. Szekely can overtake Maria Sorbello for 14th place with two wins this weekend (Sorbello - 84 career wins).
- Szekely and Boren hit the 20 match win mark just 23 matches into the season on January, 21 against Northwestern. They currently have a .840 winning percentage in the 2012-13 season.
- The duo has combined for three doubles tournament titles at the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regionals, the Tennessee Fall Classic and the UVA Winter Invite. Szekely has also earned the singles title at the Ohio Valley Regional and the Tennessee Fall Classic while Boren earned the singles title at the UVA Winter Invite.
- Sophomore Sarah Toti has returned to action, mostly in doubles play, after tearing her ACL last season on March 25 against Arkansas. She did partake in one singles match this season at the UVA Winter Invite.