March 14, 2013
TENNESSEE AT SOUTH CAROLINA & FLORIDA
The University of Tennessee women's tennis team will head out on the road for the first time in SEC action this weekend when they travel to face No. 32 South Carolina on Friday, March 15 5 p.m. and No. 4 Florida on Sunday, March 17 at 1 p.m.
The Lady Vols are looking to keep their two-match win streak alive.
UT vs. South Carolina Last Five
- March 4, 2012 - Knoxville - W, 4-3
- April 8, 2011 - Columbia - W, 4-3
- April 11, 2010 - Knoxville - W, 4-3
- May 10, 2009 - Knoxville (NCAAs) - L, 3-4
- April 24, 2009 - Fayetteville - W, 4-2
UT vs. Florida Last Five
- April 12, 2012 - Oxford (SECs) - L, 0-4
- March 2, 2012 - Knoxville - L, 0-7
- April 24, 2011 - Knoxville (SECs) - L, 0-4
- April 10, 2011 - Gainesville - L, 0-4
- April 25, 2010 - Athens (SECs) - L, 1-4
- The Lady Vols rounded out their five match home stand with a couple of victories over Mississippi State and Ole Miss
- Tennessee swept the doubles competition on both days for the first time this season
- UT started the weekend off with a sweep of Mississippi State for the fourth straight time. It also marked the ninth straight win over the Bulldogs for the Lady Vols
- Tennessee finished out the weekend with a dramatic 4-3 comeback victory over Ole Miss to close out the homestand with a 4-1 record while picking up its first two SEC wins
- Eight of the nine dual matches the Lady Vols have taken part in this season has come against a ranked opponent
- The Lady Vols hold a 24-17 edge in the series with South Carolina that began in 1978
- The Gamecocks hold a slight 8-7 edge in the series in Columbia, however, Tennessee has won the last four matches on the road
- Tennessee has won seven of the last eight matches and 11 of the last 13 against South Carolina
- The Bulldogs are off to an 8-5 start on the year but is coming off of a 7-0 shutout at No. 5 Florida last weekend
- The Gamecocks are 1-2 in SEC match play entering this weekend with UT (L, 5-2 to Texas A&M, W, 4-3 over Missouri)
- The Lady Vols are looking for their first win over Florida in a series that began in 1982
- Florida holds a 39-0 record over Tennessee and has shut the Lady Vols out in the last four meetings
- UT is 0-16 all-time in Gainesville
- Florida is 9-2 in 2013 falling just to No. 4 Duke and No. 6 Texas A&M this season.
NO. 32 SOUTH CAROLINA
No. 4 FLORIDA
- After achieving their highest ranking as a doubles duo the week of Feb. 12 at No. 3, Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely inch closer to the No. 1 spot moving from No. 5 to No. 4 in the nation this week.
- As a team, the Lady Vols improved from 62nd in the nation to 44th after their two victories over Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
- On the singles side of things, Boren moved from No. 21 in the country to No. 20. Szekely improved from No. 43 in the country to No. 40, after her two wins this past weekend.
OPPONENTS IN THE RANKINGS
- This weekend Brynn Boren will go head-to-head with the No. 1 ranked player in the country in Florida's Lauren Embree. The two met previously this season at the ITA All-American Championships, a match Embree won in a close three set battle 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.
- Also ranked on the singles side for the Gators are No. 14 Sofie Oyen, No. 55 Alex Cercone, No. 89 Danielle Collins and No. 96 Brianna Morgan
- On the doubles side, the Gators have two teams ranked including No. 23 Embree and Oyen No. 62 Embree and Collins. Szekely and Boren defeated the then-15th ranked Embree and Collins at ITAs.
- For South Carolina, No. 78 Jaklin Alawi and No. 102 Katerina Popova ranked in singles action and no doubles teams ranked.
NEWS AND NOTES
- Kata Szekely has won 78 career singles matches, and 89 career doubles victories. Her 89 doubles wins places her in sole control of 12th place on the all-time doubles wins list.
- Szekely and Boren have combined for a 27-5 doubles record this season posting a .844 winning percentage in the 2012-13 season.
- Another Lady Vol doubles tandem of Caitlyn Williams and Joanna Henderson have started SEC play undefeated in doubles action earning a big doubles win over No. 34 Lilly Kimbell and Maho Kowase (UGA). It marked the first win over a ranked team for Henderson and the fourth of William's career. The continued the success this past weekend.
- The duo of Szekely and Boren have combined for three doubles tournament titles at the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regionals, the Tennessee Fall Classic and the UVA Winter Invite. Szekely has also earned the singles title at the Ohio Valley Regional and the Tennessee Fall Classic while Boren earned the singles title at the UVA Winter Invite.
- Sophomore Sarah Toti has returned to action, mostly in doubles play, after tearing her ACL last season on March 25 against Arkansas. She did partake in one singles match this season at the UVA Winter Invite.