March 15, 2011
By Donnie Conley, Media Relations Student Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The No. 18-ranked University of Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team will be back in action again this week, traveling to Tampa, Fla., to take on No. 64 South Florida on Wednesday and No. 17 Notre Dame on Saturday at the USF Varsity Courts.
Tennessee (9-3, 3-0) will be looking to extend its three-match win streak against an unfamiliar opponent on Wednesday. UT is 4-0 all-time against the Bulls, but the two teams haven't faced off since 1995. USF enters the contest with a record of 5-8 after topping Notre Dame Tuesday afternoon, 5-2.
South Florida has three players ranked among the nation's top-100, led by No. 47 Irene Rehrberger. Other high-ranking Bulls include 70th-rated Janette Bejlkova and No. 100 Ecaterina Vasenina.
Doubles play has been critical for the Big Orange this season. UT is 27-5 (.844) in doubles matches and has captured the doubles point in 10 of 12 contests this season. Leading the way has been the No. 3 doubles pairing of Jennifer Meredith and Kata Szekely, who are undefeated in dual match competition. In fact, their 10-match winning streak is the longest active streak in the Southeastern Conference.
Tennessee's lack of familiarity with Wednesday's opponent is counterbalanced by its memories of Notre Dame. Last season, the Fighting Irish ended UT's season in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships with a 4-2 victory on May 19, 2010.
Saturday's contest will mark the fourth meeting in the past two years and the 22nd overall meeting between the two schools. UT holds a 12-9 edge in the series, but Notre Dame has won five straight.
Notre Dame (8-6, 0-1) also boasts the nation's No. 3-ranked singles player, junior Kristy Frilling. A two-time ITA All-American, Frilling has a singles record of 20-2 on the year. ND freshman Jennifer Kellner is the defending BIG EAST player of the week.
First serve for tomorrow's match is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET, while Saturday's contest will begin at 10 a.m. ET.