April 10, 2014
KNOXVILLE - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team will finish out the regular season this weekend with three matches against Auburn, Alabama and Middle Tennessee State.
The Lady Vols will kick the weekend off on Friday night vs. Auburn at 4 p.m. at Barksdale Stadium.
The weekend wraps up with Sunday doubleheader against Alabama (Noon) and Middle Tennessee State (5 p.m.) on Senior Day.
Tennessee enters the match with a 11-10 record, 5-6 in SEC action after sweeping last week's road action. With the sweep the Lady Vols have improved to 31st in the nation. Auburn enters Friday's meeting with a 16-7 overall record, 6-5 in the SEC and a No. 24 national ranking.
In the Lady Vols final match of the regular season, Auburn earned a 4-1 victory over Tennessee.
With the loss the Lady Vols finished the regular season with an 11-10 record, 7-6 in SEC play which ranked in a tie for third place in the SEC East.
Auburn started the day off by capturing the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and 3 doubles.
The win was Boren and Szekely's 14th over a ranked opponent this year improving their record to 14-4. They also captured their fourth win in seven chances over a top-10 doubles team.
Szekely kept her winning momentum going as she evened the match score at one-all with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles. But Auburn rallied off the next three points in the win
- The Lady Vols are coming off of a weekend sweep capturing a 4-3 comeback win over LSU Friday night followed by a 4-0 sweep of Arkansas on Sunday afternoon.
- Junior Caitlyn Williams captured the match winner on Friday for Tennessee.
- Brittany Lindl completed the sweep for the Lady Vols Sunday afternoon.
- For the first time in her career, Caitlyn Williams was named the Southeastern Conference Co-Player of the Week after her outstanding play against LSU and Arkansas.
- The honor is the second weekly SEC honor of Williams' career after being named Freshman of the Week on March 7, 2012.
- Williams becomes the first Player of the Week honoree since Brynn Boren garnered the honors on March 13, 2013.
- In her official return to singles action, Williams captured the match point vs. LSU Friday night and was undefeated in doubles on the weekend with Joanna Henderson.
- Sunday's win was Williams' 40th career doubles victory and her 30th with Henderson.
- 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.
- Tennessee currently sits at 203 all-time SEC victories
- Tennessee and Auburn have met 38 times in the past with the Lady Vols coming out on top 31 times.
- UT holds an 14-2 edge at home vs. the Tigers.
- Auburn won last season's meeting 4-1 on their home turf, however prior to that meeting, UT won 22-straight meetings with the Tigers.
- This year, Auburn enters the match ranked No. 24 in the country with a 16-7 overall record, 6-5 in conference play.
- Auburn has two ranked singles players in No. 36 Pleun Burgmans and No. 105 Emily Flickinger.
- The Tigers also have two ranked doubles teams in No. 14 Flickinger/Burgmans and No. 55 Michala Kucharova/Reka Muller
LADY VOLS IN 2014
- The Lady Vols enter this weekend's competition ranked No. 31 in the country, a 14 place jump from their 45th place ranking last weekend.
- Co-Head Coaches Mike Patrick and Sonia Hahn-Patrick are in their 17th season together leading the Lady Vols. They have compiled a 293-168 record together.
- The Lady Vols currently have one player ranked in singles play, freshman Eve Repic who is ranked 75th in the country.
- With the return of Caitlyn Williams to the line up, Williams and Henderson, who have combined for an 11-2 record this season, 4-1 in the spring, are currently ranked No. 90 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 508 career victories, 452 of those coming at UT and 293 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 811 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