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Three Lady Vols Earn All-SEC Honors
Brynn Boren


Brynn Boren

April 25, 2012


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Tennessee Lady Vol tennis sophomore Brynn Boren was selected first team All-SEC, while senior Natalie Pluskota and junior Kata Szekely each earned second team All-SEC accolades, the league office announced Wednesday.

It marked the fourth consecutive year and 10th time overall that at least three Lady Vols earned All-SEC honors.

Boren, who garnered second team and freshman All-SEC honors in 2011, leads the Lady Vols with 24 singles wins and 28 doubles victories. Heading into the NCAA Tournament, Boren has won 11 of her last 13 singles matches, is 16-6 in dual-match play and finished with a 7-2 conference record.

"She certainly deserves the honor," co-head coach Mike Patrick said. "She came in and had her first opportunity to play at one. She had a great run in doubles this year with Sarah before she got hurt. She's been a stalwart in our lineup. She's had a great year and it's good for her heading into her junior year."

Ranked as high as 25 this season, Boren played nine matches from the No. 1 position, and was 6-3 in those contests. Additionally, she helped Tennessee clinch three wins, including a 4-0 shutout over No. 5 Baylor.

Earlier this season, Boren and freshman Sarah Toti reeled off a career-high 15 consecutive wins in doubles and were ranked as high as second nationally.

For the fourth consecutive year, Pluskota finds herself with an All-SEC distinction after being named to the freshman team in 2009, the second team in 2010 and the first team in 2011.

Using a 24-8 (8-2 SEC) doubles record, Pluskota became the eighth player in program history to reach the century mark in that category. She's also posted 13 singles wins, including six over ranked opponents.

"Natalie has battled some injuries this year, but has still maintained a great presence in singles and doubles," Patrick said. "She has certainly given everything that she's had both physically and mentally to the program this year to try to keep it at a high level. She's going to be a very difficult person to replace."

Pluskota has won eight consecutive doubles contests and overall, has defeated six ranked opponents, including a 9-7 decision over third-ranked Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria (USC) and an 8-4 win over No. 5 Kristy Frilling and Shannon Mathews (Notre Dame).

Playing from the No. 1 position in every singles match she competed in and 18 of her 19 doubles matches, Pluskota is ranked 33rd individually, 11th with Szekely and 17th with Caitlyn Williams in doubles.

Her primary doubles partner heading into NCAAs, Szekely earned second team honors for the second consecutive year.

Szekely has won a career-high 23 in singles and 27 in doubles, both of which rank second on the team. Posting a 7-3 record in SEC play in singles and a 9-1 mark in doubles, Szekely burst into the ITA rankings in both categories for the first time in her career.

"Kata is coming into her own," Patrick said. "She put herself on the national map this year and competed with some of the best players in the country. She had some good wins against top players and certainly garnered a lot of respect from the other coaches in the conference. We know how good she is and we're looking forward to her senior season."

Szekely has won 10 consecutive matches in doubles, 14 of her last 15, and is 7-0 with Pluskota in dual match play. The Szekesfehervar, Hungary, native is 8-4 in singles against ranked opponents and 4-1 in doubles.

A winner of her last four and five of her last six, Szekely primarily played from the No. 3 position, but also went 7-2 from the No. 2 spot.

"All three of these girls were mainstays in our lineup and played a key role in most of our wins," Patrick said. "We're really proud of them and excited to see what's next."

2012 SEC AWARDS

All-SEC First Team
Alexa Guarachi, Alabama
Mary Anne Macfarlane, Alabama
Lauren Embree, Florida
Joanna Mather, Florida
Sofie Oyen, Florida
Allie Will, Florida
Chelsey Gullickson, Georgia
Lauren Herring, Georgia
Maho Kowase, Georgia
Kristi Boxx, Ole Miss
Brynn Boren, Tennessee
Jackie Wu, Vanderbilt

All-SEC Second Team
Courtney McLane, Alabama
Alexandra Cercone, Florida
Caroline Hitimana, Florida
Kate Fuller, Georgia
Nadja Gilchrist, Georgia
Lilly Kimbell, Georgia
Abby Guthrie, Ole Miss
Caroline Rohde-Moe, Ole Miss
Erin Stephens, Ole Miss
Jaklin Alawi, South Carolina
Anya Morgina, South Carolina
Natalie Pluskota, Tennessee
Kata Szekely, Tennessee
Marie Casares, Vanderbilt
Lauren Mira, Vanderbilt

All-Freshman Team
Lauren Herring, Georgia
Marie Casares, Vanderbilt
Ashleigh Antal, Vanderbilt
Julia Jones, Ole Miss
Erin Stephens, Ole Miss
Stephanie Fox, Kentucky
Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff, Kentucky

Coach of the Year: Jenny Mainz, Alabama
Player of the Year: Lauren Embree, Florida
Freshman of the Year: Lauren Herring, Georgia
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Courtney McLane, Alabama

 

 

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