Feb. 4, 2011
By Donnie Conley, Media Relations Student Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The No. 11-ranked University of Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team hits the road this weekend to face Virginia Tech at noon Saturday at the Burrows/Burleson Tennis Center.
The Lady Vols (3-0, 0-0 SEC) are coming off a pair of impressive victories at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Tennessee topped No. 33 Ohio State, 6-1, and No. 17 Ole Miss, 5-2, on Sunday and Monday, respectively.
The wins advance Tennessee to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, held from Feb. 18-21 in Charlottesville, Va.
Sonia Hahn-Patrick on facing Virginia Tech
UT co-head coach Sonia Hahn-Patrick said she hopes her squad can build on those victories.
"We had a great weekend this past weekend," Hahn-Patrick said. "Hopefully they can continue that momentum and play aggressive."
Tennessee has been boosted during the dual match season by the play of freshman Brynn Boren, junior Natalie Pluskota and sophomore Kata Szekely. All three are undefeated this spring, and Szekely's current five-match winning streak is the second-longest on the squad this season.
Boren went 3-0 in singles and doubles last weekend, topping No. 125 Kelsey Haviland of Ohio State and No. 114 Connor Vogel of Ole Miss in singles. She and Pluskota also toppled the No. 64-rated duo of Paloma Escobedo and Cami Hubbs of OSU. Her efforts earned her a second consecutive SEC Freshman of the Week award.
VT enters the contest at 2-0, coming off a sweep of a doubleheader against UNC Greensboro and Richmond on Jan. 30. Tennessee is 9-0 against the Hokies all-time, but the two schools haven't faced off since 1988.
That lack of familiarity combined with a road environment could provide some challenges for the Orange and White.
"It's always difficult to play on the road," Hahn-Patrick said. "There are different conditions. You have to stay focused and do what you need to do to get a win."
Live scoring for this weekend's match will be available at HokieSports.com
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