May 7, 2014
KNOXVILLE - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team is headed back to Chapel Hill, N.C. for the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Tournament beginning on May 9.
The 31st ranked Lady Vols will face off against No. 64 ranked Georgia State on Friday, May 9 at 10 a.m. in the first match of the day.
- In the Lady Vols last time out, UT fell 4-0 to LSU in their first match of the SEC Tournament.
- Tennessee and Georgia State have never met in program history.
- The Panthers enter the match on a three match win-streak after capturing the school's first ever Sun Belt Conference Championship.
- They will make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009.
- Georgia State is 12-8 on the season, but 1-5 against ranked opponents with its only win coming against No. 35 Columbia, a 4-3 win in Atlanta
- In 23 previous NCAA Tournament appearances, the Lady Vols are 31-23 all-time
- Tennessee's 24 total NCAA Tournament appearances are third most in the SEC behind Florida (32) and Georgia (28).
- UT boasts a 28-14 record in regional play including a 17-4 record in the first round of the tournament, the Lady Vols received a bye in the first round twice.
- This is UT's third appearance at the Chapel Hill Regional.
- In 2004, Tennessee advanced out of the regional with a 4-3 win over UNC. Last season Tennessee fell 4-1 to the Tar Heels in the Round of 32.
- As a team, The Lady Vols have been ranked anywhere from No. 32 at the beginning of the season to 49 during the middle of the year.
- This week, however, the Lady Vols are ranked No. 31 sliding out of the top-30 after their first round loss in the SEC Tournament
- On the singles side of things, Freshman Eve Repic is ranked No. 61 in the nation and is currently the second alternate of the NCAA Singles Tournament.
- On the doubles side of things, the duo of Joanna Henderson and Caitlyn Williams is ranked No. 45 in the doubles rankings.
- Freshman Eve Repic earned her first career SEC Freshman of the Week nod heading into SEC Tournament play.
- Repic (No. 75), who was 2-0 in singles on the weekend, upset No. 36 Pleun Burgmans Friday night in a clutch three-set victory that marked her eighth win over a ranked opponent.
- The win over Burgmans was the highest opponent Repic has defeated since besting Danielle Collins of Virginia (28) back on January 18.
- Repic was well on her way to another upset on Sunday over 53rd ranked Mary Anne Daines of Alabama (7-5, 1-0, unf.) when the match was called and she captured her second win of the weekend with a 7-5, 6-1 beat of Tiffany William of Middle Tennessee State.
- Repic is the first Vol to win Freshman of the Week honors since Tiffany Tavares earned the award back on March 27, 2013.
- For the first time in her career, Caitlyn Williams was named the Southeastern Conference Co-Player of the Week after her outstanding play against LSU and Arkansas.
- The honor is the second weekly SEC honor of Williams' career after being named Freshman of the Week on March 7, 2012.
- Williams becomes the first Player of the Week honoree since Brynn Boren garnered the honors on March 13, 2013.
- In her official return to singles action, Williams captured the match point vs. LSU Friday night and was undefeated in doubles on the weekend with Joanna Henderson.
- Sunday's win was Williams' 40th career doubles victory and her 30th with Henderson.
- Junior Joanna Henderson has been named to the SEC Community Service Team this season
- Henderson is the ninth Lady Vol to earn the honor for the 11th time. Natalie Pluskota earned the honor for Tennessee from 2011-12.
- The Aberdeen, Scotland native participated in many community service projects during her junior year including the Emerald Youth Foundation, RunSafer, Let's Move!, VOLoween, and a Holiday Dinner for the Homeless.
- The Lady Vols entered the 2014 season with 198 wins in SEC play
- The Lady Vols notched their first SEC win of the season with a 4-2 comeback victory over South Carolina on Sunday, March 16
- And with another comeback victory on March 23 at Kentucky, Tennessee tallied its 200th SEC victory, since beginning conference play.
- Tennessee currently sits at 205 all-time SEC victories
- The Lady Vols enter this weekend's competition ranked No. 31 in the country.
- Co-Head Coaches Mike Patrick and Sonia Hahn-Patrick are in their 17th season together leading the Lady Vols. They have compiled a 296-168 record together.
- The Lady Vols have six fresh faces on the team this season in freshmen Ashlee Boles (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Laurence Guevremont (Montreal, Quebec), Brittany Lindl (Panama City, Fla.), Victoria Olivarez (Virginia Beach, Va.), Ambika Pande (Gurgaon, India), and Eve Repic (Oakville, Ontario).
- Tennessee boasts a diverse squad that represents four different states, two provinces of Canada and four different countries.
- Co-Head Coach Mike Patrick, in his 27th year at the helm of the Tennessee women's tennis program captured his 500th career victory on Sunday, Feb. 16 vs. Chattanooga.
- Patrick, who is in his 30th season coaching tennis at the collegiate level has earned 510 career victories, 454 of those coming at UT and 295 of them alongside co-head coach Sonia Hahn-Patrick
- Patrick became just the 10th Division I coach to reach the 500-win plateau.
- Patrick currently ranks sixth among active NCAA Division I coaches in wins
- Patrick has also coached in 816 career matches over the course of his career with his 800th career match played coming in his home state of Mississippi vs. Ole Miss on March 7, 2014