Nichols Named SEC Freshman of the Week

March 16, 2011

By Donnie Conley, Media Relations Student Assistant

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - University of Tennessee Lady Vol tennis player Millie Nichols was named the Southeastern Conference freshman of the week, the league office announced on Wednesday morning.

A native of Austin, Texas, Nichols helped UT sweep a pair of SEC foes last weekend, defeating Kentucky, 6-1, on Friday before toppling No. 8-ranked Vanderbilt, 5-2, on Sunday.

Against the Wildcats, Nichols teamed up with junior Natalie Pluskota to knock off UK's No. 1 doubles team of Megan Broderick and Khristina Blajkevitch, 8-2. In singles, Nichols took down CeCe Witten, 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 6 spot in the lineup.

Nichols was the first Lady Vol to record a singles victory against Vanderbilt, topping Keilly Ulery, 6-4, 6-2. Her victory got the momentum rolling in UT's direction and helped propel Tennessee to a big victory against the nation's eighth-ranked squad.

On the season, Nichols is tied for second on the team with 18 singles victories. Her 20 doubles victories rank second on the squad as well.

18th-ranked Tennessee (9-3, 3-0) is in action this weekend, taking on No. 17 Notre Dame at 10 a.m. Saturday in Tampa, Fla.

Results from that match will be posted shortly after the end of competition on

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