May 1, 2013
KNOXVILLE - In addition to the team earning a spot in the NCAA Championship as announced Tuesday, the University of Tennessee women's tennis duo of Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely have earned spots in the NCAA singles and doubles championships.
The 2013 NCAA Tennis Championships will be held in Champaign, Ill. from May 16-27. The team championships will be held the first week spanning from May 16-21, while the final six days (May 22-27) will feature the men's and women's 64-player singles and 32-player doubles championships.
"Brynn and Kata both have had tremendous seasons both individually and together," said co-head coach Mike Patrick. "Earning a seed in the doubles tournament and being All-Americans entering the championship is a great honor. I am happy for Kata who marks her second season in a row as an All-American and for Brynn who was named All-American for her first time."
"It is great making the tournament," said senior Kata Szekely. "It is especially nice being seeded in doubles and earning All-American honors entering the tournament. That is what we have been working for all year so it is an incredible accomplishment and takes a lot of pressure off of us."
This marks the seventh consecutive season that the Lady Vols have been represented in both singles and doubles play at the NCAA Individual Championships and the eighth straight year that a Lady Vol has reached the singles championship.
Overall Lady Vols have made the singles field 23 times and the doubles field 19 times beginning in 1982.
The duo will compete together for the first time in the NCAA Doubles Championship, but this season have already accumulated 36 doubles victories and were ranked in the top-5 of the ITA Polls for the entire 2013 spring season.
Boren will compete in her third straight singles championship, earning the honor in each of her season's on Rocky Top. This season she has notched a 24-15 singles record from the No. 1 position including a 13-7 record in dual match play.
Szekely finds a spot in the singles championship for the second straight season. She has put together a 31-9 record this season including a 16-3 dual match record, 10-2 in conference action.
"We look forward to competing as a team," said Patrick, "but they have a lot to look forward to in the individual tournament. It is a huge honor to just be a part of."
The Lady Vols will begin action in the NCAA Team Championships on Friday, May 10 at 10 a.m. against VCU in Chapel Hill, N.C.