April 16, 2014
KNOXVILLE - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team has earned the six seed in the SEC Tournament and will begin their postseason action on Thursday, April 17 at 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT
The Lady Vols will face off against 11-seed LSU who defeated 14-seed Mississippi State Wednesday morning.
- The Lady Vols finished out the regular season with a 2-1 weekend last weekend, upsetting No. 24 Auburn 4-3 at home, falling to No. 9 Alabama and defeating MTSU.
- With the epic comeback victory Friday night, the Lady Vols captured the six seed in the SEC Tournament.
- Tennessee and LSU have met 39 times in the past with the Lady Vols coming out on top 26 times.
- LSU has a 2-3 advantage on neutral grounds over the Lady Vols with the last meeting coming back on April 16, 2004 in the SEC Tournament in Nashville, a 4-3 win for the Tigers, also the last SEC Tournament meeting between the two teams.
- UT is 1-2 all-time against the Tigers in the SEC Tournament, with their lone win coming in Athens in 1997.
- The Lady Vols are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings against LSU including a 4-3 win on the road earlier this season in Baton Rouge.
- LSU enters the match with a 12-12 record on the season, and finished 3-10 in conference action. They enter the tournament on a two-match win streak after defeating both Arkansas (4-1) and Jackson State (4-0) on Sunday.
- As a team, The Lady Vols have been ranked anywhere from No. 32 at the beginning of the season to 49 during the middle of the year.
- This week, however, the Lady Vols have achieved their highest ranking of 2014 entering the SEC Tournament at No. 26 after finishing the regular season with an upset of No. 24 Auburn and a win over MTSU.
- On the singles side of things, Freshman Eve Repic has jumped from No. 75 in the nation to No. 59 in the rankings.
- On the doubles side of things, the duo of Joanna Henderson and Caitlyn Williams improved from No. 90 in the country to No. 56 in doubles.
- Freshman Eve Repic earned her first career SEC Freshman of the Week nod heading into SEC Tournament play.
- Repic (No. 75), who was 2-0 in singles on the weekend, upset No. 36 Pleun Burgmans Friday night in a clutch three-set victory that marked her eighth win over a ranked opponent.
- The win over Burgmans was the highest opponent Repic has defeated since besting Danielle Collins of Virginia (28) back on January 18.
- Repic was well on her way to another upset on Sunday over 53rd ranked Mary Anne Daines of Alabama (7-5, 1-0, unf.) when the match was called and she captured her second win of the weekend with a 7-5, 6-1 beat of Tiffany William of Middle Tennessee State.
- Repic is the first Vol to win Freshman of the Week honors since Tiffany Tavares earned the award back on March 27, 2013.
- For the first time in her career, last week 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.
- Junior Joanna Henderson has been named to the SEC Community Service Team this week
- Henderson is the ninth Lady Vol to earn the honor for the 11th time. Natalie Pluskota earned the honor for Tennessee from 2011-12.
- The Aberdeen, Scotland native participated in many community service projects during her junior year including the Emerald Youth Foundation, RunSafer, Let's Move!, VOLoween, and a Holiday Dinner for the Homeless.
- 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 205 all-time SEC victories
- The Lady Vols enter this weekend's competition ranked No. 26 in the country, up five spots from their 31st place ranking last week. The Lady Vols are just 0.02 of a point out of the top-25.
- Co-Head Coaches Mike Patrick and Sonia Hahn-Patrick are in their 17th season together leading the Lady Vols. They have compiled a 296-167 record together.
- 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 511 career victories, 455 of those coming at UT and 296 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 815 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