March 6, 2014
KNOXVILLE - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team wraps up its five-match road stretch in the state of Mississippi this weekend.
The Lady Vols will first head to Oxford for a meeting with No. 49 Ole Miss on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. followed by a Sunday matinee against Mississippi State at 2 p.m. in Starkville.
Tennessee enters the match with a 4-5 record after dropping its SEC opener to No. 12 Georgia last weekend. Ole Miss is 5-3 on the season and 0-2 in conference play, while Mississippi State is 8-4 overall and 0-2 in SEC action.
Tennessee is 61-21 all-time against teams hailing from the state of Mississippi.
UT holds a 26-16 all-time record against Ole Miss, a 35-4 record all-time against Mississippi State and an 0-1 record against the Mississippi University for Women who the Lady Vols played in their first season as a varsity team in 1977.
- Co-Head Coach Mike Patrick returns to his home state of Mississippi this weekend as the Lady Vols return to the Hospitality State
At Ole Miss on Friday afternoon, Patrick will coach in his 800th career match
Tennessee didn't wait long to return to Mississippi as they went 1-1 in the SEC Tournament in Starkville last season
- 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
- The Lady Vols and Ole Miss have met 42 times in the past with Tennessee holding the 26-16 edge in the series
- Tennessee is narrowly edging Ole Miss in meetings that have taken place in Oxford, 8-7, and have dropped their last two road matches by 5-2 scores
- The Rebels have a 5-3 record entering the weekend and were on a four-match win streak heading into conference play.
- Ole Miss is currently on a two-match losing streak dropping their first SEC matches of the season to Auburn and Alabama.
- The Rebels have just one ranked player in singles, No. 104 Caroline Rohde Moe.
- The Lady Vols and Mississippi State have met 38 times in the past with Tennessee holding a 34-4 series advantage
- UT is 15-3 all-time in Starkville against the Bulldogs including an SEC Tournament victory last season
- The Lady Vols have won the last 10 meetings between the two teams dating back to April 9, 2006. The last five meetings have resulted in shutouts at the hands of Tennessee.
- The Bulldogs are off to a 8-4 start to the 2014 season but enter the match with Tennessee on a two game skid dropping SEC meetings to Auburn and Alabama.
- Mississippi State has one singles player ranked in No. 93 Georgiana Patrasc
- This marks the second time in three matches that the Lady Vols have played the Bulldogs after taking on Georgia last weekend.
LADY VOLS IN 2014
- The Lady Vols enter this weekend's competition ranked No. 42 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 286-163 record together.
- The Lady Vols currently have one player ranked in singles play, freshman Eve Repic who is ranked 55th 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 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 and 293 of them alongside co-head coach Sonia Hahn-Patrick
- 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 799 career matches over the course of his career