Feb. 11, 2011
By Donnie Conley, Media Relations Student Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The No. 11-ranked University of Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team will face two tough home tests this weekend as it hosts No. 44 Indiana on Saturday and No. 56 Wake Forest on Sunday at the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center.
Indiana comes into the contest with a 7-1 record. The Hoosiers have yet to play a road match this season, but Tennessee co-head coach Sonia Hahn-Patrick knows that IU will be ready.
Sonia Hahn-Patrick on facing Indiana
"They're a very well-coached team," Hahn-Patrick said. "They're very disciplined and consistent. We always have a tough match with them. Last year, we played at their place and had a difficult match so we're looking forward to playing them here."
Tennessee (4-0) fell to the Hoosiers last year, 5-1, in Bloomington. UT is hoping that playing within the friendly confines of the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center will provide a boost. The Orange and White hasn't lost a home indoor match since March 7, 2008.
"We always are excited to play at home," Hahn-Patrick said. "We have such a great fan base and our courts provide a home court advantage. The ladies are always more rested up and ready to play, so it should be good for us."
Sophomore Kata Szekely has been on fire of late, winning six consecutive singles matches to tie a team-high on the season. UT is undefeated in dual match play at the No. 1, 2 and 5 singles spots.
Tennessee has also captured the doubles point in its last three contests. Since the start of the 2007 season, Tennessee has been utterly dominant when capturing the doubles point. In that span, the Lady Vols have posted a record of 51-6 (.893) when winning the doubles action. In contrast, UT is only 5-20 (.200) when losing the doubles point.
Against a team like Indiana, Hahn-Patrick said coming out of the gate strong is critical.
"We have to get off to a good start," Hahn-Patrick said. "They're a very consistent team and they don't have a lot of ups and downs so the key is playing well early and taking the momentum early in the match."
First serve for the Indiana match is scheduled for Noon ET, while Sunday's contest against Wake Forest will begin at 1 p.m. ET.
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