April 17, 2013
TENNESSEE AT SEC TOURNAMENT
KNOXVILLE - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team has earned the five seed in the SEC Tournament and will begin their postseason action on Thursday, April 18 at 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT
The Lady Vols will face off against 12th seed Mississippi State who defeated 13th seed Missouri Wednesday morning.
UT vs. Miss. State Last Five
- Series Record UT Leads, 34-4
- Knoxville - 15-1, Starkville - 12-5, Neutral - 4-0
- March 8, 2013 - Knoxville - W, 7-0
- March 11, 2013 - Starkville - W, 7-0
- April 1, 2011 - Knoxville - W, 7-0
- April 4, 2010 - Starkville - W, 7-0
- March 6, 2009 - Knoxville - W, 5-2
UT vs. Miss. State (SECs)
- Series Record UT Leads 3-0
- Nashville - 1-0, Baton Rouge - 1-0, Starkville - 1-0
- April 20, 2001 - Starkville - W, 4-0
- April 22, 1999 - Baton Rouge - W, 5-3
- April 29, 1993 - Nashville - W, 5-1
- The Lady Vols finished out the regular season on a three game road swing bringing them to Tennessee State, No. 8 Alabama and No. 22 Auburn
- Tennessee started the weekend off with a 5-0 victory over Tennessee State in Nashville, but fell in a couple close matches with Alabama (4-2) and Auburn (4-1) to finish out the regular season
- Despite the SEC losses, the Lady Vols finished the regular season in a tie for 3rd place in the SEC East and earned the No. 5 seed in the SEC Tournament
- As a team, The Lady Vols have flip flopped in and out of the top-25 in the past few weeks, this week they are just outside at No. 29 in the country after dropping two of three matches last weekend.
- After tying their highest ranking as a doubles duo two weeks ago at No. 3, Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely slid down one more spot from fourth to fifth in the nation.
- On the singles side of things, Boren moved down to No. 24 in the country from No. 21 while Szekely improved from No. 36 in the country to No. 31.
- Over the weekend, senior Kata Szekely won each of her singles matches and in doing so, reached the 30-win plateau on the season
- With the wins, Szekely became the sixth Lady Vol to record 30 singles wins and 30 doubles wins in the same season achieving the feat for the eighth time in Tennessee women's tennis history
- Szekely currently has 30 singles wins and 35 doubles wins on the year
- Lady Vols in the 30-30 Club:
- Peta Kelly, 1979 - 33 singles wins, 41 doubles wins
- Paula Kelly, 1980 - 38 singles wins, 46 doubles wins
- Paula Kelly, 1981 - 40 singles wins, 37 doubles wins
- Crystal Cleveland, 2001 - 33 singles wins, 36 doubles wins
- Vilmarie Castellvi, 2002 - 40 singles wins, 31 doubles wins
- Crystal Cleveland, 2003 - 33 singles wins, 33 doubles wins
- Caitlyn Whoriskey, 2010 - 33 singles wins, 40 doubles wins
- Kata Szekely, 2013 - 30 singles wins, 35 doubles wins
- With their win against Kentucky, Kata Szekely and Brynn Boren reached the 30-win plateau.
- The duo currently has notched 35 doubles wins on the season, 10th in the UT Record book on the Season Doubles Wins chart.
- Szekely and Boren are one win away from moving up to a tie for ninth place with Crystal Cleveland, 2001 (36)
- 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)
- Eighteen of the 21 dual matches the Lady Vols have taken part in this season have come against a ranked opponent
- The Lady Vols lead the Bulldogs 34-4 in the series with three of the four losses coming in Starkville
- Tennessee holds a 3-0 series edge in the SEC Tournament
- Earlier this season the Lady Vols swept the Bulldogs 7-0 in Knoxville for the fourth straight sweep of State
- Entering the tournament, the Bulldogs have a 8-13 record, 2-11 in the SEC, but won their last match of the season over Missouri
- In their first match of the tournament, #12 seeded Mississippi State downed #13 seed Missouri once again 4-2 in the first round of play.
- The Bulldogs are the 12th seed in the tournament
OPPONENTS IN THE RANKINGS
- Mississippi State's only player rankings come at the No. 1 doubles position as Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran combine for the 68th ranked doubles team in the country
NEWS AND NOTES
- Kata Szekely has won 86 career singles matches, and 97 career doubles victories. Her 97 doubles wins places her in a tie for ninth place on the all-time doubles wins list with Vilmarie Castellvi (99-03, 97 wins)
- Szekely and Boren have combined for a 35-6 doubles record this season posting a .829 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.