Jan. 31, 2014
KNOXVILLE - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team will host its home opener at the Goodfriend Tennis Center Sunday, February 2 at 11 a.m. when it takes on No. 11 Michigan.
The Lady Vols, who are now ranked just out of the top-25 at No. 26 after a win over then-No. 27 Purdue last weekend, enter the match with a 1-1 record in 2014. Michigan is 2-0 on the year.
- The Lady Vols lead the all-time series with Michigan 11-4.
In Knoxville, Tennessee is undefeated boasting a 5-0 record.
The Lady Vols have won two of the last three meetings between the two teams, a 2010 NCAA match in 2010 in Athens, Ga. (4-0) and in 2012 UT took down the Wolverines 5-2 in Knoxville.
- Michigan won last season's meeting between the two teams edging the Lady Vols 4-3.
The Lady Vols earned their first doubles point of the season over Michigan with wins at one and two singles.
But Michigan earned four of the six singles matches to come back and earn the win.
- The Lady Vols enter this weekend's competition ranked No. 26 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 283-159 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 and Michigan will meet for the 16th time in the series between the two teams. The Lady Vols hold an 11-4 series lead.
- UT is undefeated in Knoxville with a 5-0 record over Michigan.
- Last season, Michigan edged past the Lady Vols 4-3 in Ann Arbor.
- Michigan has three singles players ranked in the top-25 as Robit Yurovsky comes in at No. 20 while Emina Bektas is No. 21 in the country. Also ranked in the top-100 is Sarah Lee who is the No. 100 player in the country.
- On the doubles side, Michigan has two doubles team rankeds, Brooke Bolender and Emina Bektas, who rank ninth in the nation and Ronit Yurovsky and Sarah Lee who are No. 11 in the country.
- Michigan also began its season at the ITA Kickoff, but as a host team, winning 6-1 against Virginia Tech and 4-0 against Yale to advance to the National Team Championships for the fifth consecutive season.
- 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 498 career victories, 442 of those coming at UT.
- Patrick has also coached in 792 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