Feb. 27, 2014
KNOXVILLE - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team continues its five-match road stretch at Georgia on Saturday, March 1 at Noon.
The match will be the Lady Vol's 2014 SEC opener, the second year in a row that UT will face Georgia in the conference opener.
Tennessee enters the match with a 4-4 record after going 1-1 last weekend against Ohio State and No. 37 Indiana. Georgia is 6-2 on the season and enters the match on a two-match win streak recording shut outs of Furman and Georgia Tech.
Georgia leads the all-time series with Tennessee 41-9.
Tennessee is just 2-12 in Athens with the last win coming on April 17, 2010
Saturday will mark the earliest UT has played in a conference match since facing Ole Miss on the road on Feb. 29, essentially the same date, during the 2008 season. Tennessee came away witha 4-3 victory.
- Last season, Caitlyn Williams and Joanna Henderson came out on a mission on court two easily coming away with an 8-2 doubles win over the nation's 34th ranked team of Lilly Kimbell and Maho Kowase (currently No. 2 in 2014)
Georgia, however, clinched the doubles point and went on to garner a 6-1 victory
The Lady Vols' lone point came via a singles win by No. 21 Brynn Boren who upset ninth-ranked Lauren Herring on court one
- The Lady Vols enter this weekend's competition ranked No. 40 in the country.
- Co-Head Coaches Mike Patrick and Sonia Hahn-Patrick are in their 17th season together leading the Lady Vols. They have compiled a 286-162 record together.
- The Lady Vols currently have one player ranked in singles play, freshman Eve Repic who is ranked 55th in the country after defeating two ranked opponents last weekend.
- 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.
- Tennessee and Georgia will meet for the 51st time in the series between the two teams. Georgia leads the series 41-9.
- Tennessee is just 2-12 in Athens with the last win coming on April 17, 2010
- Georgia has four players ranked in singles, No. 10 Lauren Herring, No. 12 Silvia Garcia, No. 22 Maho Kowase, and No. 33 Lilly Kimbell
- The Bulldogs also two doubles teams ranked in the country, the No. 60 pairing of Kimbell and Mia King and the No. 2 team in the country of Herring and Kowase
- The Lady Vols have already faced the No. 1 doubles team in the country in Georgia Tech's pair of Woodard and Kurey (now ranked third)
- Tennessee will face Georgia in the SEC Opener for the second year in a row
- Prior to last season, Tennessee had never played Georgia in a SEC opener
- Saturday will mark the earliest UT has played in a conference match since facing Ole Miss on the road on Feb. 29, essentially the same date, during the 2008 season. Tennessee came away witha 4-3 victory.
- The Lady Vols are 7-3 in their last 10 SEC openers, but have fallen the last two seasons
- The Lady Vols entered the 2014 season with 198 wins in SEC play
- With their second win of the 2014 season against an SEC opponent, Tennessee will have notched its 200th conference victory since beginning SEC play
- Co-Head Coach Mike Patrick, in his 27th year at the helm of the Tennessee women's tennis program captured his 500th career victory on Sunday, Feb. 16 vs. Chattanooga.
- Patrick, who is in his 30th season coaching tennis at the collegiate level has earned 501 career victories, 445 of those coming at UT
- Patrick became 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 798 career matches over the course of his career
- When Tennessee meets Georgia Saturday afternoon, it will be a meeting of two of the most successful tennis coaches in Division I history
- This marks the second match in a row that Mike Patrick has faced off against another coach that has notched 500+ career wins
- Georgia Head Coach Jeff Wallace ranks as the fourth all-time winningest tennis coach with a 613-152 record while Patrick enters with a 501-297 record
- Patrick has compiled 445 of those wins at UT, 293 of them alongside co-head coach Sonia Hahn-Patrick