Oct. 18, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Three Lady Vols will head to the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regionals in West Lafayette, Ind. at the Basham Courts at the Schwartz Tennis Center on the campus of Purdue University.
Boren and Szekely have been ranked the No. 1 doubles seed in the tournament while Boren is the No. 1 singles seed and Szekely is the No. 2 singles seed.
Round of 32
Brynn Boren/Kata Szekely (1) UT vs. Kayla Jones/Claire Mulyadi UT Chattanooga 10/19 10:30 a.m.
Round of 64
Brynn Boren (1) UT vs. 2 Qualifier 10/19 5:45 p.m.
Kata Szekely (2) UT vs. Amy Nini Wright State 10/19 5:30 p.m.
Tiffany Tavares UT vs. Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum Purdue 10/19 1:00 p.m.
COMPETING AGAINST THE BEST
Three of the teams competing in the tournament this weekend were ranked in the 2012 final ITA Collegiate Tennis rankings:
No. 16 Vanderbilt
No. 17 Tennessee
No. 65 Purdue
The eight-team field also includes eight singles players and three doubles teams ranked in the preseason ITA Collegiate Tennis rankings:
Brynn Boren (Tennessee) - 18
Kata Szekely (Tennessee) - 28
Marie Casares (Vanderbilt) - 59
Lauren Mira (Vanderbilt) - 61
Tiffany Welcher (Memphis) - 115
Julia Fellerhoff (Louisville) - 120
Lynda Xepoleas (Purdue) - 121
Rebecca Shine (Louisville) - 124
Brynn Boren-Kata Szekely (Tennessee) - 34
Ashleigh Antal-Marie Casares (Vanderbilt) - 51
Kaylene Chadwell-Jenna Nurik (UT Chattanooga) - 58
Heading into this tournament, University of Tennessee holds the top-spot in both the main draw singles and doubles.
Brynn Boren, who holds a No. 18 preseason ranking, is the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament. Kata Szekely, No. 28 in the country, is the No. 2 overall seed. As a doubles pair Boren and Szekely are ranked 34th in the country and have earned the top-seed in the regional.
A HISTORY OF SUCCESS
The Lady Vols are the reigning doubles champions at the regional and hope to keep that streak going in 2012. In fact, Tennessee has won the last two doubles titles at the regional.
2010 - All UT final as Brynn Boren and Maria Sorbello defeated Rosalia Alda and Millie Nichols 8-2
2011 - All-Americans Natalie Pluskota and Kata Szekely defeated Tiffany Welcher and Alyssa Hibbard of Memphis with a best-of-three 6-3, 6-2 win.
The winners of each main draw will advance to the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships (Nov. 8-11) in New York.
TAVARES TO THE MAIN DRAW
Freshman Tiffany Tavares rounds out the pack of Vols at the event, earning a spot in the main draw. Tavares, who has taken part in two tournaments this fall season, has earned two victories. Tavares is seeded 45th in the tournament and will take on Purdue's Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum in the Round of 64.