KNOXVILLE – Prepared and ready for its final home weekend of the regular season 2022, the Tennessee women’s tennis team will host Vanderbilt on Friday, April 8 at noon and Kentucky on Sunday, April 10 at. Both matches are scheduled to be played at Barksdale Stadium, but may be moved inside due to the weather.
The weekend marks All Vol Weekend, a celebration of several Tennessee athletics events on campus. Lady Vols will also celebrate three seniors for their contributions to the program ahead of Sunday’s game against the Wildcats.
A shuttle will provide trips back and forth from SC40 Square to Friday’s match against the Commodores from 6 p.m. 11.30 to 12.15. It will also provide driving to the pitch after the match.
Sunday offers a gift for tote bag in canvas, as long as stock lasts. It’s also the rescheduled date for Bark at Barksdale. Fans are encouraged to bring their dog to the match, but they must be on a leash. Each dog receives a Lady Vols tennis ball. In addition, Senior Day will be celebrated for Callie Creath, Kylie Duckworth and Tenika McGiffin before the match, and Big Orange will celebrate its title IX Celebration match.
Fans who are unable to attend can watch the SEC CrossCourt Cast found here for Friday’s match. Further live statistics can be seen here and PlaySight for Sunday’s match is available here.
HEAD COACH ALISON OJEDA
“This year’s senior weekend is one of the most special weekends of my 24 years of college tennis. All three young ladies were recognized on Sunday, starting their careers at the University of Tennessee. With the changing landscape of college athletics and the addition of transfer portal, it is becoming less and less common.As a coach, I have witnessed the tremendous growth that Tenika McGiffin, Kylie Duckworth and Callie Creath have all experienced.On the court, of course, they have evolved in many ways have all improved their tennis level.But without “For the course, they have evolved in ways that will surely make their loved ones proud. I am sure all three of these graduate Lady Vols will be very successful in their optional careers.”
“In terms of our team, we are still evolving every day for training. A few weeks ago, I had promised that we would tighten up our discipline in a few areas so we can shoot on all cylinders, and that’s it. We’re competing in every place last weekend and we will do it again this weekend. One of the many things that makes our team special is that we are still hungry to learn. It allows us coaches to to continue training our players at an intensive level and focused level. I look forward to being on the field with this group again tomorrow. “
RANKING OF LADY VOLS
Here’s how Lady Vols performs in the latest individual rankings, released on Wednesday, April 6thth:
Rebekah Mertena – No. 30
Tenika McGiffin – No. 55
Elza Tomase – No. 106
Daria Kuczer / Tenika McGiffin – No. 15
Esther Adeshina / Elza Tomase – No. 69
Vanderbilt (12-7, 3-6 SEC) comes from a 2-1 home weekend where they won a upset over South Carolina, 4-3, Friday night.
Dasha Kourkina is incandescent for Vandy, who has won his last five matches and has a double record of 14-4 this season. She is 10-4 when she plays in No. 6 spot, but is undefeated when the player is higher in the order. Kourkina and MaryAnn Rompf also have the best double record of 6-0, with five of those six wins as No. 3.
Commodores has two ranked singles players and a ranked doubles pairing. They can be found below.
Anna Ross – No. 46
Anessa Lee – No. 78
Anna Ross / Holly Staff – No. 76
SCOUT WILD CATS
Kentucky (12-10, 0-9 SEC) goes into the weekend on a six-game slide. They are 1-4 when playing away from Lexington, but posted an impressive 12-1 record in non-conference acts.
Florencia Urrutia holds the best record of all Kentucky singles players at 13-5. She is 9-1 at No. 4 and 4-1 at No. 3. On the doubles side, Ellie Eades / Carla Girbau has the best record on the team with 8-5 and is 7-4 at No. 2.
The UK has one ranked player in both singles and doubles:
Carlota Molina – No. 114
Carlota Molina / Elizabeth Stevens – No. 57
Tennessee leads the all-time series with both Vanderbilt and Kentucky. Lady Vols has a record of 35-28 against Commodores and is 21-8 against VU in Knoxville.
Against Kentucky, Tennessee is 27-20 and 11-8 on the Rocky Top.
The No. 3 spot in the Tennessee singles standings and the No. 1 doubles appear to have an incredible weight on the outcome of the match. When Lady Vols win or go unfinished on lane 3 in singles, the team is 11-0. When UT loses, it is 0-6. Similarly, when UT wins lane 1 in doubles, it is 8-0. After losing it? The Big Orange is 0-5
60, 60 CLUB
Daria Kuczer is looking for her 60th career victory in doubles on Friday afternoon. She picked up her 60th career singles victory last Friday afternoon in Arkansas.