Feb. 15, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Earning her third consecutive SEC Freshman of the Week award Wednesday, Tennessee's Sarah Toti is the first SEC women's tennis student-athlete to claim three straight player of the week accolades of any kind since the conference began awarding weekly honors in 2000.
Matching doubles partner Brynn Boren's UT-record three SEC Freshman of the Week honors (2011), Toti played a key role in Tennessee's wins over No. 5 Baylor and No. 12 Northwestern last weekend at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The Lady Vols now have three Top 12 wins and five Top 25 victories.
Overall, Toti won her fifth singles match of the season, and added three doubles wins to her total.
Concluding the weekend against the Wildcats, Toti combined with Boren for their 12th consecutive doubles win together, improving to 9-0 in dual-match play (an SEC-high) and 20-3 overall.
In singles, Toti won her fifth match in the last six tries, knocking off Linda Abu Mushrefova in straight sets (6-1, 6-4). The victory proved to be critical, as Tennessee's 4-3 win over NU came down to the final court.
Against Baylor and No. 16 USC, Toti and Boren clinched the doubles point for UT for the fifth and sixth times, respectively - a team-best. Her efforts have helped Tennessee open the season with nine consecutive doubles points, a program-record.
The Lady Vols (6-3) have won six of their last seven matches and will play their first true road matches of the season this weekend, traveling to Indiana on Friday (1:30 p.m. ET) and Ohio State on Sunday (Noon ET).
2/11 Gabriella DeSimone, USC /// L, 6-4, 6-4
2/12 Linda Abu Mushrefova, Northwestern /// W, 6-1, 6-4
2/10 Megan Horter/Nina Secerbegovic, Baylor /// W, 8-5
2/11 Danielle Lao/Ali Ramos, USC /// W, 8-6
2/12 Belinda Niu/Nida Hamilton, Northwestern /// W, 8-1