April 12, 2014
KNOXVILLE - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team will round out the 2014 regular season with a doubleheader Sunday vs. Alabama and Middle Tennessee State.
The Lady Vols will face the Crimson Tide at 12 p.m. followed by a 5 p.m. night cap vs. MTSU on Senior Day at Barksdale Stadium.
UT will honor senior Kayla McMurry prior to the match with Alabama at 11:45 a.m.
Tennessee enters the match with a 12-10 record, 6-6 in SEC action. Alabama is 19-3 on the year and 11-1 in conference play. MTSU is 10-8 in 2014.
In a comeback for the ages, the No. 31 Tennessee women's tennis team rallied back from a 3-0 deficit to take down No. 24 Auburn 4-3 under the lights at Barksdale Stadium Friday Night.
Junior Joanna Henderson and freshman Laurence Guevremont sealed the deal for the Lady Vols in a four hour and 38 minute match as UT won its third straight improving to 12-10 on the season and 6-6 in conference play.
UT handed Auburn its eighth loss of the year as the Tigers drop to 17-8 in 2014 and 6-6 in SEC play.
The Lady Vols also extended their home win-streak over Auburn to 11 matches dating back to 1995.
Guevremont tied things up for Tennessee at three-all and just moments later Henderson sealed the deal for the Lady Vols capturing the victory as all of her teammates rushed the court.
The 7-6 (8), 2-6, 6-3 win for Henderson was her second over a ranked opponent this season and she improved to 7-0 on the year in three set matches.
- The Lady Vols are coming off of an epic win over Auburn Friday night to improve to 12-10 on the year and even at 6-6 in conference play.
- Junior Joanna Henderson captured the match winner on Friday for Tennessee.
- The Lady Vols will honor senior Kayla McMurry Sunday afternoon prior to the match with Alabama beginning at 11:45 a.m.
- McMurry, a Knoxville native, walked on to the team in 2010, has notched 13 wins in her career and is perfect in dual matches
- Though she has battled injury in each of her seasons in the Big Orange and White, this senior used those opportunities to lead the team in other ways.
- Off the court, McMurry has taken part in many scholarly competitions, winning often, and presenting her findings across the country.
- She will graduate Summa Cum Laude with a 3.85 GPA this May.
- 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 204 all-time SEC victories
- Tennessee and Alabama have met 46 times in the past with the Lady Vols coming out on top 30 times.
- UT holds an 15-6 edge at home vs. the Crimson Tide.
- Alabama has won the last four meetings between the two teams, but prior to that the Lady Vols reeled off six straight on top of Alabama.
- This year, Alabama enters the match ranked No. 9 in the country with a 19-3 overall record, 11-1 in conference play.
- Alabama has five ranked singles players in No. 53 Mary Anne Daines, No. 64 Erin Routliffe, No. 84 Luicelena Perez, No. 87 Maya Jansen, and No. 106 Danielle Spielmann
- The Crimson Tide also have four ranked doubles teams in No. 10 Erin Routliffe/Maya Jansen, No. 42 Erin Routliffe/Danielle Spielmann, No. 43 Danielle Spielmann/Mary Anne Daines and No. 52 Emily Zabor/Luicelena Perez
- The Lady Vols are looking for their first win at home vs. Alabama since 2010.
- Tennessee and Auburn have met 16 times in the past with the Lady Vols coming out on top all 16 times.
- UT holds an 11 edge at home vs. MTSU.
- MTSU enters the meeting with a 10-8 record
- The two teams began their series in 1977, the first season the Lady Vols were a varsity tennis program
- Tennessee and MTSU have not met since the 2008 season, a 7-0 victory for the Lady Vols
- UT has shut out MTSU 11 times in the past 16 meetings
- 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 294-168 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 11-3 record this season, 4-2 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 509 career victories, 453 of those coming at UT and 294 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 812 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