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Five Lady Vols Earn All-SEC Honors
Kata Szekely


Kata Szekely

April 26, 2011


By Donnie Conley, Media Relations Student Assistant

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The No. 13-ranked University of Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team had five players named to the All-Southeastern Conference first and second teams, the league office announced on Tuesday.

The five All-SEC selections ties a program record for a single season, set in 2000.

Senior Rosalía Alda and junior Natalie Pluskota were both named to the All-SEC First Team. This is Alda's second All-Conference award, as she was a Second Team selection in 2009-10.

Alda has enjoyed a stellar senior campaign, posting a career-high 24 singles victories and tying a career-best with 29 doubles wins. Her 108 doubles victories rank fifth all-time in Tennessee history. She went 8-2 in SEC regular season play, giving her the highest winning percentage of any Lady Vol. The Round Rock, Texas native notched seven wins against top-100 singles players this season.

Pluskota has anchored the top spot in UT's singles and doubles lineup all season, posting a 7-3 record in SEC singles play (14-10 overall), all from the No. 1 position. She toppled six top-100 foes this season in singles, while going 18-8 in doubles play. Pluskota comes in at No. 39 in the Campbell/ITA singles rankings, while she and Brynn Boren are ranked No. 19 nationally in doubles.

Three Lady Vols received Second Team All-SEC honors: Brynn Boren, Maria Sorbello and Kata Szekely

Boren, a freshman from Laguna Niguel, Calif., posted a team-high 28 singles wins in 2010-11. She went 6-3 against top-100 foes. Her 16-7 doubles record includes a perfect 4-0 mark in SEC dual match play.

Sorbello, a senior from Mackay, Australia, captured Second Team All-SEC honors for the second consecutive season. She went 8-3 in SEC dual match singles play and 8-0 in doubles action. Overall, she went 21-5 in doubles and ranks 12th in program history with 83 doubles wins.

Sophomore Kata Szekely rounds out the quintet of Lady Vols to capture All-SEC honors. Szekely went 18-9 in singles play in 2010-11, including a 7-4 mark in league play. In doubles, she teamed up with Jennifer Meredith to form one of the conference's strongest tandems. Overall, Meredith and Szekely went 20-1, including a 10-1 mark against SEC foes. They also racked up 19 consecutive victories from Jan. 31-April 10, the longest streak in the SEC this season.

Boren was also named to the SEC All-Freshman team for her efforts this season, while Pluskota was named to the SEC Community Service Team.

Tennessee (19-7) will discover its fate for the 2011 NCAA Championship during the 2011 selection show, held on May 3 at 5 p.m. ET.

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2011 SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE WOMEN'S TENNIS AWARDS

Coach of the Year: Jenny Mainz, Alabama
Player of the Year: Allie Will, Florida
Freshman of the Year: Mary Anne Mcfarland, Alabama
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Courtney McLane, Alabama

All-SEC First Team
Mary Anne Mcfarland, Alabama
Alex Guarachi, Alabama
Anouk Tigu, Arkansas
Allie Will, Florida
Lauren Embree, Florida
Sofie Oyen, Florida
Maho Kowase, Georgia
Chelsey Gullickson, Georgia
Kristi Boxx, Ole Miss
Anya Morgina, South Carolina
Natalie Pluskota, Tennessee
Rosalia Alda, Tennessee

All-SEC Second Team
Courtney McLane, Alabama
Joanna Mather, Florida
Olivia Janowicz, Florida
Alex Cercone, Florida
Lilly Kimbell, Georgia
Kate Fuller, Georgia
Cameron Ellis, Georgia
Connor Vogel, Ole Miss
Dijana Stojic, South Carolina
Brynn Boren, Tennessee
Kata Szekely, Tennessee
Maria Sorbello, Tennessee

Alex Leatu, Vanderbilt
Chelsea Pregg, Vanderbilt

All-Freshman Team
Mary Anne Mcfarland, Alabama
Alex Cercone, Florida
Olivia Janowicz, Florida Sofie Oyen, Florida
Maho Kowase, Georgia
Brynn Boren, Tennessee

 

 

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