May 8, 2013
TENNESSEE AT NCAA TOURNAMENT
KNOXVILLE - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team will embark on its 19th straight NCAA Tournament when they face off with Virginia Commonwealth on Friday, May 10 at 10 a.m. in Chapel Hill.
Friday, May 10
#31 Tennessee vs. #38 VCU
#2 UNC vs. South Carolina State
Saturday, May 11
Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2
- Series Record UT Leads, 2-0
- Neutral Sites: 2-0
- May 12, 2012 - Charlottesville - W, 4-0
- May 17, 2002 - Palo Alto - W, 4-3
LADY VOLS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
- With their 2013 appearance, the Lady Vols have now reached the NCAA postseason in 19 consecutive seasons
- UT will be making its 23rd appearance in the NCAA Tournament
- Tennessee holds a 30-22 record in the tournament, 27-13 in regional sites.
- The Lady Vols have shut out their opponents 16 times during the NCAA tournament, 15 times at the regional sites with the last coming against VCU last season, a 4-0 win in Charlottesville, Va.
- 1. Florida 31
- 2. Georgia 27
- 3. Tennessee 23
- 3. South Carolina 23
- 5. Kentucky 20
- 6. Vanderbilt 19
- 7. LSU 16
- 7. Ole Miss 16
- 9. Arkansas 12
- 9. Alabama 12
- 11. Auburn 7
- 12. Mississippi State 4
NCAA SINGLES/DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Singles/Doubles Selections
- In addition to the team tournament, which will start Friday, two Lady Vols have found their way into the NCAA Singles/Doubles Championships to commence May 22.
- Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely, the fifth-ranked doubles team in the country, will represent the university in the doubles championship together, while also earning spots in the singles championship.
- The duo enters the doubles championship as one of the top eight seeds in the country, making them 2013 All-Americans, the second career honor for Szekely and first of Boren's career on Rocky Top.
- 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.
- Nineteen of the 23 dual matches the Lady Vols have taken part in this season have come against a ranked opponent
- The Lady Vols and Rams will meet for just the third time Friday
- Tennessee won the first two meetings between the two teams, both coming in the NCAA Tournament
- Last season, UT swept VCU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, a 4-0 victory in Charlottesville, Va.
- VCU enters the tournament fresh off of an Atlantic 10 Tournament victory in their first season in the A10. They have won their last 13 matches dating back to a 6-1 loss to Penn State on February 24.
- VCU has one player ranked in the singles rankings, No. 76 Cindy Chala and no teams in the doubles rankings.
NO. 38 VCU
OPPONENTS IN THE RANKINGS
LAST TIME OUT
- The Lady Vols took part in the SEC Tournament on April 18 & 19 beginning with a 4-0 sweep of host team Mississippi State in the second round Thursday followed by a tough 4-3 loss to No. 8 Alabama in the quarterfinals on Friday.
- Tennessee took a 3-1 match lead after Nos. 1-3 singles began play with straight set wins, however Alabama rebounded with victories at Nos. 4-6 singles to earn the victory and continue on in the tournament.
- As a team, The Lady Vols have flip flopped in and out of the top-25 in the last month, at the beginning of the NCAA Tournament the Lady Vols sit at No. 31 in the country.
- Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely remain fifth in the country in doubles at the beginning of the NCAA Tournament.
- On the singles side of things, Boren remains at to No. 24 in the country while Szekely in ranked No. 35 in the country.
ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM
- Senior Kata Szekely and junior Brynn Boren were named to the 2013 All-SEC First Team as announced by the Southeastern Conference
- The duo are the 30th and 31st Tennessee women's tennis players to earn SEC First Team honors.
- Both Boren and Szekely earn their third All-SEC accolade. Boren was a member of the All-SEC Second Team as a freshman in 2011 and earned first team honors last season. This is Szekely's first appearance on the First Team after earning Second Team honors in 2011 and 2012.
- Senior Kata Szekely added another win to her singles victory total and in doing so improved her season total to 31 this season
- Szekely became the sixth Lady Vol to record 30 singles wins and 30 doubles wins in the same season achieving the feat for the eighth time in Tennessee women's tennis history
- Szekely currently has 31 singles wins (31-9) and 36 doubles wins (36-7) on the year
- Lady Vols in the 30-30 Club:
- Peta Kelly, 1979 - 33 singles wins, 41 doubles wins
- Paula Kelly, 1980 - 38 singles wins, 46 doubles wins
- Paula Kelly, 1981 - 40 singles wins, 37 doubles wins
- Crystal Cleveland, 2001 - 33 singles wins, 36 doubles wins
- Vilmarie Castellvi, 2002 - 40 singles wins, 31 doubles wins
- Crystal Cleveland, 2003 - 33 singles wins, 33 doubles wins
- Caitlyn Whorisky, 2010 - 33 singles wins, 40 doubles wins
- Kata Szekely, 2013 - 31 singles wins, 36 doubles wins
- With their win against Kentucky, Kata Szekely and Brynn Boren reached the 30-win plateau.
- The duo currently has notched 36 doubles wins on the season, a tie for ninth in the UT Record book on the Season Doubles Wins chart with Crystal Cleveland (2001 - 36 wins)
- Szekely and Boren are one win away from moving up to a tie for seventh place with Paula and Peta Kelly, 1981 (37)
- As a doubles team, Boren and Szekely became just the third UT tandem, playing all doubles matches together in a season, to hit 30 wins.
- Paula and Peta Kelly achieved the feat four times during their careers from 1979-82.
- The last duo to do so were Vilmarie Castellvi and Agnes Wiski who won 30 matches together in 2002.
SEC ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
- The Lady Vols have earned SEC Weekly honors three times this season.
- The most recent honor came for rookie Tiffany Tavares who was named the SEC Freshman of the Week this week after her 2-0 singles performance last weekend helping Tennessee to a sweep of their opponents.
- Tavares earned the third point of the match for UT on Friday night helping the team to a 6-1 victory and captured the match-winning point Sunday against Vanderbilt
- Other Lady Vols to earn the honor include Brynn Boren (March 13) and Kata Szekely (Feb. 20)
NEWS AND NOTES
- Kata Szekely has won 87 career singles matches, and 98 career doubles victories. Her 98 doubles wins places her in sole control of ninth place on the all-time doubles wins list as she passed Vilmarie Castellvi (99-03, 97 wins) last weekend. She now needs seven more victories reach eight place (Alison Ojeda 1998-02, 105 career wins)
- Szekely and Boren have combined for a 36-7 doubles record this season posting a .837 winning percentage in the 2012-13 season
- Another Lady Vol doubles tandem of Caitlyn Williams and Joanna Henderson started SEC play undefeated in doubles action earning a big doubles win over No. 34 Lilly Kimbell and Maho Kowase (UGA). It marked the first win over a ranked team for Henderson and the fourth of William's career. The duo suffered its first loss at Florida, but bounced back with three straight victories this past week
- The duo of Szekely and Boren have combined for three doubles tournament titles at the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regionals, the Tennessee Fall Classic and the UVA Winter Invite. Szekely has also earned the singles title at the Ohio Valley Regional and the Tennessee Fall Classic while Boren earned the singles title at the UVA Winter Invite.