Women's Tennis Central: SEC Tournament
April 18, 2017

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The 23rd-ranked Tennessee women's tennis team will face No. 6 seed Mississippi State in the second round of the SEC Tournament on Thursday at 10 a.m. ET at the Brownlee O. Currey Jr., Tennis Center in Nashville.

The 11th-seeded Volunteers (18-10) took on 14th-seeded Alabama to open the tournament. UT split the first two courts in doubles but edged out the 35th-ranked Crimson Tide to claim the doubles point. After that, the momentum shifted in favor of Tennessee, who took five of the first six sets in singles and quickly took Courts 2, 3 and 4 to seal the 4-0 shut out. It was the program's first SEC Tournament victory since 2013.

Admission to the 2017 SEC Women's Tennis Championship is free for spectators. In the event that play moves indoors, spectators will have access to the second floor viewing area.

Here are a few notes heading into the tournament:

Updated Rankings

  • The ITA released its updated rankings on Tuesday, and the Volunteers remained at No. 23 in the country.
  • Senior Brittany Lindl reached a new career-high in the rankings, coming in at No. 42 in the country for singles after getting a Top-20 win last weekend. She has seven ranked wins so far on the season.
  • The duo of Lindl and Eve Repic came in at No. 76 in the doubles rankings.

What Happened Last

  • The Vols split their final matches of the regular season. On Friday, UT lost a tough 4-0 match to Texas A&M.
  • Tennessee bounced back on Sunday, though, defeating No. 19 LSU, 4-2. The teams split Courts 2 and 3 in doubles to begin the contest, but the Tigers edged out the win on the final court to take a 1-0 lead. In singles, Tennessee came out on fire, taking four of the five matches to clinch the sixth ranked victory of the season for the Volunteers. Senior Brittany Lindl picked up her seventh ranked win of the season after beating 18th-ranked Jade Lewis, 6-2, 6-3.

Mississippi State Notes

  • This will be the 44th meeting between the Vols and the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Tennessee currently leads the series 36-7 but dropped the first match this season, 4-0.
  • When playing at a neutral site, the Vols are a perfect 5-0 against MSU.
  • This season, Mississippi State is ranked No. 20 in the country with one player ranked in singles and one team ranked in doubles according to the latest ITA poll. In singles, Jasmine Lee is ranked 10th. Lee and Lisa Marie Rioux make up the 5th-ranked doubles duo in the country.

Alabama Notes

  • This will be the 51st meeting between Tennessee and Alabama. The Vols lead the series 32-18 and have claimed the last two matchups.
  • When playing at a neutral site, the Crimson tide hold a 4-3 advantage. The two last met in the postseason in 2013, when UA defeated Tennessee, 4-3.
  • This season, Alabama is ranked No. 35 in the country with two players ranked in singles and one team ranked in doubles according to the latest ITA poll. In singles, Erin Routliffe is ranked 15th and Andie Daniell is 103th. The ranked duo is Routliffe and Maddie Pothoff, coming in as the eighth-ranked team in the country.

Hammond Named to SEC Community Service Team

  • Tennessee sophomore Sadie Hammond earned a spot on the 2017 SEC Community Service Team. She best exemplifies the UT's women's tennis team when it comes to community service. With 16 total hours logged so far this year and more to come this spring and summer, she has spent numerous days giving back to the community of East Tennessee and truly embodies what it means to be a Volunteer
  • The Love Kitchen is where Hammond does her most volunteering, accumulating 5.5 hours on multiple trips. She has also helped with different events such as Challenger Basketball, Tennessee Tennis Kid's Clinics and Tennessee's annual VOLoween. Sadie also participates in programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters and VOLeaders Academy in Knoxville.
  • "It's extremely important to me to give back to a community that has given so much to me. As student athletes, we have a tremendous influence on the people around us and our surroundings. It is my goal to use my influence to create positive social change. I look at community service not as charity but as a way to create a positive difference in the world. If I have the ability to change someone's life or even just put a smile on their face, I will do everything possible to make that happen." - Hammond





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