April 4, 2013
TENNESSEE VS. ARKANSAS AND LSU
KNOXVILLE - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team will wrap up its home season this weekend when they play host to Arkansas and LSU at the Tennis Complex.
The Lady Vols will first take on Arkansas Friday night at 5 p.m. followed by Senior Day on Sunday where senior Kata Szekely will be honored prior to the 1 p.m. match against LSU.
UT vs. Arkansas Last Five
- Series Record 21-5
- Knoxville - 11-2, Fayetteville - 8-2, Neutral - 2-1
- March 25, 2012 - Knoxville - L, 3-4
- March 25, 2011 - Fayetteville - W, 6-1
- March 27, 2010 - Knoxville - W, 6-1
- March 27, 2009 - Fayetteville - L, 3-4
- March 21, 2008 - Knoxville - L, 1-6
UT vs. LSU Last Five
- Series Record 24-13
- Knoxville - 10-5, Baton Rouge - 10-5, Neutral - 2-3
- March 23, 2013 - Baton Rouge - L, 2-5
- March 27, 2011 - Knoxville - W, 7-0
- March 26, 2010 - Baton Rouge - W, 5-2
- March 29, 2009 - Knoxville - W, 7-0
- March 23, 2008 - Baton Rouge - W, 6-1
- The Lady Vols headed out for spring break on a three game road swing that took them to Prairie View A&M, Texas A&M and Missouri.
- UT started the week off with a clean sweep of Prairie View A&M on Wednesday night but had a tough go on the weekend dropping a close 4-2 match to No. 3 Texas A&M and falling in a nailbiter to Missouri 4-3.
- As the final home weekend of the season, the Lady Vols will honor their lone senior, Kata Szekely prior to the match vs. LSU Sunday at 1 p.m.
- Szekely, a native of Szekesfehervar, Hungary, has etched her name all over the record books during her time in Knoxville.
- The senior earned All-American status after making it to the doubles final four last year with Natalie Pluskota.
- Currently, Szekely is on a seven match win-streak in both singles and doubles and has put together a 27-8 singles record and 32-5 doubles record (with Brynn Boren).
- In her UT career, she has tallied 83 singles wins, three shy of 15th all-time and has compiled a 94-21 doubles record. Her 94 doubles victories currently ranks 11th all time in the Record Book.
- With their win against Kentucky, Kata Szekely and Brynn Boren reached the 30-win plateau.
- The duo currently has notched 32 doubles wins on the season, 11th in the UT Record book on the Season Doubles Wins chart, in a tie with Paula and Peta Kelly who did so in 1982.
- As a doubles team, 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.
- 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)
- Fourteen of the 16 dual matches the Lady Vols have taken part in this season have come against a ranked opponent
- The Lady Vols and Razorbacks will meet for the 27th time Friday night.
- Tennessee holds a 21-5 series edge over Arkansas and an 11-2 record in Knoxville
- One of the two losses in Knoxville to Arkansas came in the last meeting a close 4-3 win for the Razorbacks last season.
- Arkansas is currently fifth in the SEC Western Division with a 10-12 overall record, 3-7 in conference play. The majority of their wins have come on the road, however.
- Last weekend, Arkansas faced a couple of tough teams in South Carolina and No. 2 Florida at home, falling in both contests 5-2 and 7-0 respectively.
- Sunday's match marks the second Sunday in a row that the Lady Vols will face off against some Tigers.
- Unlike last weekend, the Lady Vols have faced LSU in the past, 37 times, and hold a 24-13 series lead, 10-5 in Knoxville.
- The last time out the Lady Vols dropped a 5-2 match to LSU in Baton Rouge, but have won four of the last five matches against the Tigers
- LSU is currently last in the SEC West with an 8-12 overall record, 1-9 in conference action.
- Last weekend, the Tigers extended their losing streak to four games falling to No. 2 Florida and South Carolina at home. They have fallen in nine of their last 10 matches and have won just one match on the road this year, at Tulane.
NO. 50 ARKANSAS
No. 59 LSU
- As a team, The Lady Vols are just shy of the top-25 at 28th in the country this week.
- 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
- Arkansas has two players ranked in singles action, No. 47 Yang Pang and No. 97 Claudine Paulson
- In doubles, Paulson couples with Segou Jonker for the No. 74 team in the nation
- LSU has just one athlete ranked in singles, No. 114 Kaitlin Burns and no ranked doubles teams.
NEWS AND NOTES
- Kata Szekely has won 83 career singles matches, and 94 career doubles victories. Her 94 doubles wins places her in sole control of 11th place on the all-time doubles wins list. She needs just one more victory to enter the top-10 (Agnes Wiski 1998-02 - 95 career wins)
- Szekely and Boren have combined for a 32-5 doubles record this season posting a .865 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.