Sept. 10, 2009
By: Lindsey Williford, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team will open the fall portion of its 2009 schedule this weekend when it travels to Nashville, Tenn., to compete in the SEC Coaches Tournament. The three-day competition will begin on Fri., Sept. 11 at Vanderbilt's Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center.
The Lady Vols will face-off against a tough conference field, in which 10 of the 12 schools are ranked in the top-30 of Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll.
Senior Caitlin Whoriskey will lead the way for the Volunteers. The East Sandwich, Mass. native comes into the tournament ranked as the No. 37 singles player in the country, a career high. Whoriskey put together an impressive 2008-09 season, finishing with a singles record of 22-19, and competing in the NCAA Singles Championships for the second straight season.
Whoriskey and sophomore Natalie Pluskota will look to continue their dominance and pace UT in doubles action. The duo is currently listed as No. 7 on the ITA Preseason Doubles Rankings. Together they reached the semifinals of the 2009 NCAA Doubles Championships and met again during summer play to compete in the finals of the Hilton Head Pro Circuit Tournament. The All-American's received an automatic bid to play in the Rivera/ITA All-American Tournament, Oct. 3-11 at the Rivera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Following this weekend's action, Tennessee will hit the road once again to take part in the Furman Fall Classic in Greeneville, S.C., from Sept. 25-27.