Feb. 14, 2014
KNOXVILLE - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team will host a trio of matches this weekend when No. 21 Georgia Tech, Belmont and Chattanooga all come to the Goodfriend Tennis Center.
No. 27 UT will face-off against No. 21 Georgia Tech on Saturday, February 15 at Noon while Tennessee will return Sunday, February 16 to host a double header against Belmont (11 a.m.) and Chattanooga (4 p.m.).
The Lady Vols, who are now ranked just out of the top-25 at No. 27, enter the match with a 1-2 record in 2014. Georgia Tech is 2-1 on the season while Chattanooga is 4-1 and Belmont is 1-1.
- Though the three teams the Lady Vols will face this weekend are all within 200 miles of the university, Tennessee has faced them just a combined 11 times in history
The Lady Vols have never faced any of the three teams in Knoxville
UT and Georgia Tech have never met in Knoxville, though the series is tied at 2-2
Tennessee and Belmont will meet for the first time, and the Lady Vols lead the series with Chattanooga 4-3 though the two teams haven't met since 1984.
- Georgia Tech and Tennessee met most recently, last season at the ITA Kickoff weekend in Lincoln, Neb.
The Lady Vols split singles with the Jackets last season earning victories at Nos. 1, 2 and 3 singles
But the doubles point was the deciding factor, which Georgia Tech captured for the 4-3 victory
- The Lady Vols enter this weekend's competition ranked No. 27 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 283-160 record together.
- The Lady Vols currently have one player ranked in singles play, freshman Eve Repic who is ranked 63rd in the country.
- 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.
- 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.
- If the Lady Vols earn two wins this weekend, Patrick will accomplish the feat, just the 10th Division I coach to reach the 500-win plateau.
- Patrick currently ranks sixth among active NCAA Division I coaches in wins.
- Patrick has also coached in 793 career matches over the course of his career
- Tennessee and Georgia Tech will meet for the fifth time in the series between the two teams. The series is tied 2-2.
- The Lady Vols and Georgia Tech have never met in Knoxville
- Last season, Georgia Tech edged past the Lady Vols 4-3 at the ITA Kickoff in Lincoln, Neb.
- GT has just one player ranked in singles, Kendal Woodard who is ranked in a tie for 94th in the nation
- On the doubles side, Georgia Tech boasts the No. 1 team in the country in Woodard and Megan Kurey
- The meeting Sunday will be the first between Tennessee and Belmont
- Belmont is 1-1 on the season, beginning the year with a loss to Lipscomb but enters the match with a win over North Alabama
- The Bruins will faceoff against Western Kentucky at home on Friday before heading to Knoxville
- Tennessee and Chattanooga will meet for the seventh time in the series between the two teams. The Lady Vols lead 4-3.
- The Lady Vols and Chattanooga have never met in Knoxville
- The Mocs enter the match with a 4-1 record, defeating Austin Peay, Lipscomb, Evansville and Murray State this season while falling only to Memphis
- The last meeting between the two teams came in 1984 in Nashville, a 6-3 loss for Tennessee
- The two teams first met in 1977, Tennessee's first season as a tennis program