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Williams Tabbed SEC Freshman of the Week
Caitlyn Williams


Caitlyn Williams

March 7, 2012

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Lady Vol tennis player Caitlyn Williams has been named SEC Freshman of the Week, marking the first such honor in her career and the fourth by a Lady Vol this season, the conference announced Wednesday.

Williams, a Knoxville native, provided UT's match-clinching 6-4, 6-4 victory against South Carolina's Dominika Kanakova on Sunday, lifting the Lady Vols to a 4-3 win over the Gamecocks.

"Caitlyn has done a great job of being able to compete on the weekends without that much preparation," co-head coach Mike Patrick said of the freshman, who is still recovering from shoulder surgery in 2011. "It just says a lot about her mental game and her toughness to be able to pull out matches like that. I hope it continues throughout the rest of the season."

For Tennessee, it marked its first SEC win and 10th overall (10-4, 1-1).

For Williams, it marked the fourth consecutive UT win in which she's provided the match-clinching point for the Lady Vols, but the first time where her match was the last completed.

A winner of five of her last six singles matches, Williams also teamed with senior Natalie Pluskota to help UT secure the doubles point against South Carolina. The ninth-ranked tandem in the country was the first to finish Sunday, defeating Kanakova and Anya Morgina, 8-2. It was the seventh doubles win by at least six points for the duo, which has knocked off a pair of top five opponents.

Overall, Williams is 8-4 overall in singles and 8-7 in doubles.

Williams is the sixth Lady Vol to win the honor in UT history. Fellow rookie Sarah Toti has earned the honor three times this season, tying Brynn Boren for the UT record.

 

 

Williams and the Lady Vols return to action this weekend, facing No. 25 Ole Miss on Friday at 4 p.m. and Mississippi State at 2 p.m. on Sunday at 2 p.m.

WILLIAMS' WEEKEND RESULTS
Singles

#18 Joanna Mather (UF) def. Caitlyn Williams (UT) 6-2, 6-3
Williams (UT) def. Dominika Kanakova (USC) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles
#13 Sofie Oyen/Allie Will (UF) def. Caitlyn Williams/Natalie Pluskota (UT) 8-4
Williams/Pluskota (UT) def. Kanakova/Anya Morgina (USC) 8-2

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