Feb. 8, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Lady Vol tennis freshman Sarah Toti became just the third student-athlete to earn back-to-back SEC Freshman of the Week honors since the award was introduced in 2008, the league office announced Wednesday.
Additionally, Toti is just the second SEC player to be recognized in each of the first two weeks of the season, repeating doubles partner Brynn Boren's feat a year ago.
Over the weekend, Toti's efforts helped Tennessee defeat No. 10 Michigan and No. 24 Notre Dame, extending its winning streak to four.
Toti won both of her singles and doubles matches, winning her career-high ninth straight doubles contest and fourth consecutive in singles play.
The Las Vegas, Nev., native opened the weekend by securing UT's doubles point for the fourth time this season, defeating 25th-ranked Britney Sanders and Katherine White of Notre Dame, 8-2. Her 6-3, 6-2, victory over Chrissie McGaffigan ensured UT's third-straight win, giving her a team-high two clinching points on the season.
Against undefeated Michigan, Toti teamed with Boren for another dominating doubles outing, knocking off Mimi Nguyen and Michelle Sulahian, 8-1, in a doubles point that was decided on court three.
Trailing 3-0 in her first singles set against Sulahian, Toti breezed through the match, scoring a 6-4, 6-2 win and becoming the first Lady Vol to finish.
Overall, Toti is 10-5 in singles and 17-3 in doubles, after winning four straight in each.
Tennessee returns to action in this weekend's ITA National Indoor Team Championships, Feb. 10-13 in Charlottesville, Va. Toti, who helped UT defeat UC Davis and Tulsa in the ITA Kickoff to reach National Indoors, and the Lady Vols open up against Baylor on Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
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2/3 Chrissie McGaffigan, Notre Dame W, 6-3, 6-2
2/5 Michelle Sulahian, Michigan W, 6-4, 6-2
2/3 #25 Sanders/White, Notre Dame W, 8-2
2/5 Nguyen/Sulahian, Michigan W, 8-1