April 3, 2014
KNOXVILLE - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team will head out on its final regular season road trip of 2014 this weekend to LSU and Arkansas.
The Lady Vols will face the Tigers on Friday night at 5 p.m. CT/4 p.m. ET followed by Sunday's weekend finale at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT in Fayetteville.
Tennessee enters the match with a 9-10 record, 3-5 in SEC action after going 1-1 last week. LSU is 10-10 on the year and 2-8 in conference action while Arkansas is 12-12 on the year and 2-8 in the SEC.
On Senior Day at Barksdale Stadium, it was fitting that UT senior Kata Szekely captured the match winning point for the women's tennis team in a 4-0 victory over LSU.
After winning the first set by a 6-4 score, Szekely was down 2-5 in the second set before she started a comeback that couldn't have been scripted any more perfectly.
The senior forged ahead to knot the game at five-all and force a second set tiebreaker that she handedly won 7-2 to finish out her last match at home by a 6-4, 7-6 (2) score.
A high, top-spin lob shot by Williams over the head of her Arkansas opponent sealed the 4-2 victory.
- The Lady Vols are coming off of a 1-1 weekend capturing a 4-1 win over Missouri Friday night followed by a 0-4 loss to No. 7 Texas A&M on Sunday afternoon.
- Freshman Laurence Guevremont captured the match winner on Friday for Tennessee.
- The Lady Vols entered the 2014 season with 198 wins in SEC play
- The Lady Vols notched their first SEC win of the season with a 4-2 comeback victory over South Carolina on Sunday, March 16
- And with another comeback victory on March 23 at Kentucky, Tennessee tallied its 200th SEC victory, since beginning conference play.
- The Lady Vols are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings and 15-5 in the last 20 meetings against LSU including a 4-0 shutout last year at home.
- UT holds a 10-5 record in Baton Rouge over the Tigers.
- LSU enters the match with a 10-10 record on the season, 2-8 in conference action.
- LSU has one player ranked in singles, Joana Vale Costa who is ranked 88th in the country.
- The Lady Vols and Arkansas have met 27 times in the past with Tennessee posting a 22-5 record over the Razorbacks
- UT holds an 8-2 edge in Fayetteville.
- Tennessee has won three of the last four meetings with Arkansas and won nine straight from 2000 to 2007.
LADY VOLS IN 2014
- The Lady Vols enter this weekend's competition ranked No. 45 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 291-168 record together.
- The Lady Vols currently have one player ranked in singles play, freshman Eve Repic who is ranked 94th in the country.
- With the return of Caitlyn Williams to the line up, Williams and Henderson, who have combined for an 8-2 record this season, 1-1 in the spring, are currently ranked No. 75 in the nation.
- 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 506 career victories, 450 of those coming at UT and 291 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 809 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