May 10, 2013
TENNESSEE AT NCAA TOURNAMENT
CHAPEL HILL - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team continues on to the NCAA Second Round after a First Round sweep of VCU Friday. The Lady Vols will square off with No. 2 North Carolina Saturday, May 11 at 11 a.m. in Chapel Hill.
Friday, May 10
#31 Tennessee vs. #38 VCU
#2 UNC vs. South Carolina State
Saturday, May 11
Tennessee vs. North Carolina
- Series Record UT Leads, 14-13
- Knoxville: 6-6
- Chapel Hill: 8-6
- Neutral Sites: 0-1
- NCAA Tournament: 1-0 (Chapel Hill)
- Last Five
- January 22, 2012 - New York City - L, 2-5
- January 21, 2008 - Knoxville - W, 4-3
- January 24, 2007 - Chapel Hill - L, 1-6
- January 21, 2006 - Knoxville - L, 2-5
- January 22, 2005 - Chapel Hill - L, 2-5
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 31-22 record in the tournament, 28-13 in regional sites.
- The Lady Vols have shut out their opponents 17 times during the NCAA tournament, 16 times at the regional sites with the last two coming against VCU last season, a 4-0, in Charlottesville, and this year 4-0, in Chapel Hill .
- 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.
- Twenty of the 24 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 the 28th time Saturday
- The Tar Heels won the first eight meetings between the two teams from 1979-1986 before the Lady Vols recorded a 12 match win streak from 1991-2003.
- The two teams met last season for the first time since 2008 in New York City , a 5-2 victory for the Tar Heels.
- The Lady Vols own the lone NCAA Tournament meeting between the two teams, a 4-3 victory in Chapel Hill in 2004.
- The Tar Heels enter the 2013 Championship after having won the ITA National Indoor Championship in February and claiming the ACC regular season title with a 10-1 league mark. Carolina spent 10 weeks as the nation's No. 1 team and sports wins over 19 ranked opponents.
- North Carolina has five players ranked in the singles rankings, No. 7 Gina Suarez-Malaguti, No. 39 Whitney Kay, No. 46 Caroline Price, No. 49 Zoe De Bruycker, and No. 121 Ashley Dai.
- In doubles, Dai and Kay combine for the No. 39 team in the nation, while Kay and Price rank 58th and Suarez-Malaguti and De Bruycker are the No. 67 team in the country.
NO. 2 NORTH CAROLINA
OPPONENTS IN THE RANKINGS
LAST TIME OUT
- The Lady Vols began the NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 sweep of VCU Friday morning in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament ending the Rams' 13 match win-streak.
- Tennessee advances to the Second Round of the tournament for the seventh straight season and 19th time overall.
- 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 - 32 singles wins, 37 doubles wins
- With their win against Kentucky, Kata Szekely and Brynn Boren reached the 30-win plateau.
- The duo currently has notched 37 doubles wins on the season, a tie for seventh in the UT Record book on the Season Doubles Wins chart with Paula and Peta Kelly, 1981.
- Szekely and Boren are two win away from moving up to a tie for sixth place with Alison Ojeda, 2001
- 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 88 career singles matches, and 99 career doubles victories. Her 99 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 six more victories reach eight place (Alison Ojeda 1998-02, 105 career wins)
- Szekely and Boren have combined for a 37-7 doubles record this season posting a .841 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.