April 10, 2013
TENNESSEE AT TENNESSEE STATE, ALABAMA & AUBURN
KNOXVILLE - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team will wrap up its regular season this weekend with a three game road swing that takes them to Nashville, Tuscaloosa and Auburn.
The Lady Vols will begin the weekend with a Thursday night meeting with Tennessee State in Nashville. On Friday, they will travel to Tuscaloosa to face off against No. 8 ranked Alabama on Friday night. The regular season will conclude on Sunday afternoon at No. 22 Auburn.
UT vs. Tennessee State
- First Meeting
- Series Record 30-14
- Knoxville - 15-6, Tuscaloosa - 12-5, Neutral - 3-1
- April 18, 2012 - Knoxville - L, 1-6
- March 7, 2011 - Tuscaloosa - L, 2-5
- March 7, 2010 - Knoxville - W, 5-2
- April 3, 2009 - Tuscaloosa - W, 5-2
- March 30, 2008 - Knoxville - W, 7-0
UT vs. Alabama Last Five
UT vs. Auburn Last Five
- Series Record 31-6
- Knoxville - 14-2, Auburn - 11-3, Neutral - 6-1
- April 19, 2012 - Oxford (SECs) - W, 4-0
- April 6, 2012 - Knoxville - W, 4-3
- March 6, 2011 - Auburn - W, 6-1
- March 5, 2010 - Knoxville - W, 6-1
- April 5, 2009 - Auburn - W, 5-2
- The Lady Vols finished out their home schedule with a weekend sweep of Arkansas and LSU
- Tennessee started the weekend off with a 4-2 victory over Arkansas as Caitlyn Williams earned a comeback 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4 victory on court three, her first three set match win of her career to clinch the match winning point for the Lady Vols
- On Senior Day Sunday, the Lady Vols lone senior Kata Szekely clinched the match winner in a 4-0 sweep of LSU to close out the weekend.
- As a team, The Lady Vols have jumped backed into the top-25 and are currently ranked 24th in the nation heading into the final weekend of regular season play.
- After tying their highest ranking as a doubles duo the week last weekend at No. 3, Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely slid down one spot to fourt in the nation despite extending their match win streak to nine games.
- On the singles side of things, Boren stayed put at No. 21 in the country while Szekely improved from No. 38 in the country to No. 36.
- With their win against Kentucky, Kata Szekely and Brynn Boren reached the 30-win plateau.
- The duo currently has notched 34 doubles wins on the season, 10th in the UT Record book on the Season Doubles Wins chart.
- 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)
- Sixteen of the 18 dual matches the Lady Vols have taken part in this season have come against a ranked opponent
- The Lady Vols and Tigers will meet for the first time ever on Thursday night.
- The Tigers are looking for their first win of the 2013 season
- The Lady Vols and Razorbacks will meet for the 45th time Friday night.
- Tennessee holds a 30-14 series edge over Alabama and a 12-5 record in Tuscaloosa
- The Crimson Tide is currently on a two-match win streak over the Lady Vols but prior to that, UT won six straight matches over Alabama
- Alabama sits second in the SEC West with a 9-2 conference record, 17-3 overall.
- They are coming off of a 4-3 loss to Texas A&M, but have won four of their last five and 13 of the last 15 matches.
- Sunday's match marks the third Sunday in a row that the Lady Vols will face off against some Tigers.
- The Lady Vols have faced Auburn 37 times in the past and hold a 31-6 series lead, 11-3 in Auburn.
- Tennessee has won 22-straight over Auburn dating back to April 28, 1994
- Auburn is currently third in the SEC west behind Alabama with a 6-5 conference record, 16-6 overall.
- Last weekend, the Tigers ended their road trip with a 4-1 victory over Missouri but have lost five of their last seven meetings entering Sunday's match with Tennessee
NO. 8 ALABAMA
No. 22 AUBURN
OPPONENTS IN THE RANKINGS
- Tennessee State does not have any players ranked in the ITA Poll
- Alabama has four players ranked in singles action with Mary Anne Macfarlane coming in at No. 29, Alexa Guarachi ranking 62nd, Maya Jansen with a 102 ranking and Natalia Maynetto ranked 116th
- The Crimson Tide also have two doubles teams in the rankings as Macfarlane and Guarachi team up as the No. 5 doubles team in the nation while Jansen and Antonia Foehse are ranked 84th.
- For Auburn, Pleun Burgmans is ranked 26th in the country in singles while she partners up with Plamena Kurteva for the No. 10 doubles team in the nation. Also ranked in doubles are Jen Pfeifler and Jackie Kasler who are recognized as the No. 40 team in the country.
NEWS AND NOTES
- Kata Szekely has won 84 career singles matches, and 96 career doubles victories. Her 96 doubles wins places her in sole control of 10th place on the all-time doubles wins list. She needs just one more victory reach ninth place (Vilmarie Castellvi 1999-03 - 97 career wins)
- Szekely and Boren have combined for a 34-5 doubles record this season posting a .872 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.