March 13, 2014
KNOXVILLE - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team returns home for the first time in the month of March for its SEC home opening weekend.
The Lady Vols will take on No. 3 Florida on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. followed by a Sunday matinee at 1 p.m. vs. South Carolina.
Tennessee enters the match with a 4-7 record, falling in its first three SEC matches on the season all of which came on the road.
UT's three-match win-streak was snapped at Florida last season witha 4-0 loss to the Gators
Tennessee's fourth-ranked doubles pair of Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely defeated Florida's No. 1 double team of Alexandra Cercone and Sofie Oyen, but the Gators took the doubles point and first three singles matches for the 4-0 win.
- Boren and Szekely won at No. 1 doubles, but the Lady Vols fell behind early dropping the doubles point to South Carolina
No. 20 ranked Boren evened things up at one-all with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over No. 78 Jaklin Alawi at No. 1 singles.
- 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 Florida have met 40 times in the past and the Gators have won each and every meeting
- Tennessee has fallen to the Gators 17 times in Knoxville
- Florida has shut out the Lady Vols in the last five matches, the last UT player to notch a point against Florida was Zsófia Zubor with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 4 singles at the SEC Tournament in Athens on April 25, 2010
- Florida is 11-2 on the season and 3-0 in SEC play dropping matches to just No. 16 Northwestern (ITA Championships) and #3 Stanford on the road
- The Gators have six ranked singles players and four ranked doubles teams:
- No. 8 Olivia Janowicz
- No. 22 Alex Cercone
- No. 23 Brianna Morgan
- No. 38 Sofie Oyen
- No. 44 Kourtney Keegan
- No. 78 Belinda Woolcock
- No. 24 Belinda Woolcock/Sofie Oyen
- No. 32 Sofie Oyen/Kourtney Keegan
- No. 35 Olivia Janowicz/Kourtney Keegan
- No. 68 Belinda Woolcock/Kourtney Keegan
- The Lady Vols and South Carolina have met 42 times in the past with UT holding a 25-17 series lead.
- UT is 12-6 all-time in Knoxville against the Gamecocks and has won four-straight matches including a 4-2 comeback victory in Columbia last season
- South Carolina is 10-4 on the season and 1-2 in conference play dropping their last two matches to No. 9 Texas A&M and No. 2 Florida
- The Gamecocks have two singles players ranked and a doubles team ranked in the top of the country
- Brigit Follard (No. 95) and Meghan Blevins (No. 112) represent the ranked singles players for SC while Diminika Kanakova and Elixane Lechemia are ranked No. 61 in doubles
LADY VOLS IN 2014
- The Lady Vols enter this weekend's competition ranked No. 49 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 286-165 record together.
- The Lady Vols currently have one player ranked in singles play, freshman Eve Repic who is ranked 102nd 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 801 career matches over the course of his career with his 800th career match played coming in his home state of Mississippi vs. Ole Miss on March 7, 2014