March 28, 2013
#23 TENNESSEE AT #3 TEXAS A&M AND #58 MISSOURI
KNOXVILLE - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team embarks on its second SEC road trip of the season when they take on third-ranked Texas A&M Friday night at 7 p.m. followed by an Easter morning match with No. 58 Missouri Tigers in Saint Louis.
UT vs. Texas A&M Last Five
- March 8, 1996 - College Station - W, 5-4
- March 13, 1995 - Knoxville - W, 7-2
- March 13, 1994 - College Station - L, 2-7
- March 17, 1993 - Knoxville - W, 5-3
- March 27, 1992 - College Station - W, 8-1
UT vs. Missouri
- First Meeting
- The Lady Vols returned home for a Rivalry weekend against Kentucky and Vanderbilt last weekend
- UT came away with a clean sweep of the weekend over No. 46 Kentucky and No. 16 Vanderbilt
- On Friday Night, Tennessee easily captured a 6-1 victory over the Wildcats dropping just one match on the night
- On Sunday, the Lady Vols earned the doubles point and No. 1 and 2 singles handidly before Tiffany Tavares battled back on court six to capture the match winning point for Tennessee in the upset
- The Lady Vols added a last minute match on Wednesday against Prairie View A&M taking down their opponent on the road by a 7-0 rout.
- The Lady Vols have earned SEC Weekly honors three times this season.
- The most recent honor came for rookie Tiffany Tavares who was named the SEC Freshman of the Week this week after her 2-0 singles performance last weekend helping Tennessee to a sweep of their opponents.
- Tavares earned the third point of the match for UT on Friday night helping the team to a 6-1 victory and captured the match-winning point Sunday against Vanderbilt
- Other Lady Vols to earn the honor include Brynn Boren (March 13) and Kata Szekely (Feb. 20)
- With their first win last weekend, Kata Szekely and Brynn Boren reached the 30-win plateau.
- The duo currently has notched 31 doubles wins on the season moving into the record books with their victory over Vandy Sunday
- As a doubles tandem, Boren and Szekely became just the third UT tandem, playing all doubles matches together in a season, to hit 30 wins.
- Paula and Peta Kelly achieved the feat four times during their careers from 1979-82.
- The last duo to do so were Vilmarie Castellvi and Agnes Wiski who won 30 matches together in 2002.
- Twelve of the 14 dual matches the Lady Vols have taken part in this season have come against a ranked opponent
- The Lady Vols and Aggies will meet for the first time since the 1996 season.
- Tennessee has a 6-2 series edge over Texas A&M and a 3-1 record in College Station
- UT's win streak sits at two-games entering the match Friday
- The Aggies are currently 14-1 (.933) on the season, and 7-0 in SEC play sitting at the top of the SEC West
- Last weekend, A&M played just one match against Missouri earning a 7-0 victory over the Tigers
- The Lady Vols and Tigers will meet for the first time Sunday
- Missouri is currently 8-7 on the year and 1-6 in SEC action defeating just Arkansas. They are currently last in the SEC East
- Last weekend, the Tigers fell 7-0 to Texas A&M, but bounced back with a 6-1 victory over Wichita State on Sunday
NO. 3 TEXAS A&M
No. 58 MISSOURI
- As a team, The Lady Vols jumped back into the top-25 at 23rd in the country this week after a sweep of No. 46 Kentucky and No. 16 Vanderbilt last weekend.
- After achieving their highest ranking as a doubles duo the week of Feb. 12 at No. 3, Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely returned to the third place ranking this week after extending their match win streak to six games.
- On the singles side of things, Boren moved from No. 20 in the country to No. 21. Szekely improved from No. 40 in the country to No. 38, after her two wins this past weekend.
OPPONENTS IN THE RANKINGS
- Texas A&M has many players in the rankings
- In singles, Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar, their top playeris ranked fifth in the nation, followed by Nazari Urbina (55th), and Cristina Stancu (68th)
- In doubles, Stefania Hristov and Stancu come in as the No. 7 doubles duo in the nation while Sanchez-Quintanar and Wen Sun combine as the 72nd ranked team
- Missouri has just one player ranked in singles, Cierra Gaytan-Leach who is ranked 105. The Tigers have no ranked doubles teams.
NEWS AND NOTES
- Kata Szekely has won 81 career singles matches, and 93 career doubles victories. Her 93 doubles wins places her in sole control of 11th place on the all-time doubles wins list. She needs just two more victories to enter the top-10 (Agnes Wiski 1998-02 - 95 career wins)
- Szekely and Boren have combined for a 31-5 doubles record this season posting a .861 winning percentage in the 2012-13 season
- Another Lady Vol doubles tandem of Caitlyn Williams and Joanna Henderson 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 duo suffered its first loss at Florida, but bounced back with three straight victories this past week
- 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.