Brynn Boren, two others garner All-SEC tennis honors

Sophomore Brynn Boren is Tennessee's representative on the women's tennis All-SEC first team.

Natalie Pluskota and Kata Szekely were named to the second team.

Boren, who has been ranked as high as No. 25 nationally this year, has 24 singles wins and 28 doubles wins as the Lady Vols await their assignment in the NCAA tournament.

Boren is 16-6 in singles in dual-match season and 7-2 in SEC play, including 6-3 at the No. 1 position. She and Sarah Toti had 15 consecutive doubles wins before Toti's season-ending injury.

"She certainly deserves the honor,'' said Lady Vols co-head coach Mike Patrick. "She had a great run in doubles this year with Sarah before she (Toti) got hurt. She's been a stalwart in our lineup.''

Pluskota, a first-team All-SEC pick last year, has battled injuries as a senior to limit her singles contribution. She is 24-8 in doubles, including 8-2 in SEC play.

Szekely, a junior, is 7-3 in SEC singles and 9-1 in doubles.

The NCAA bracket will be announced Tuesday. Injury-riddled Tennessee expects to receive a bid and hopes to have had enough recovery time to field a complete lineup.

Meanwhile, the Lady Vols have augmented the team for next season by signing five-star recruit Tiffany Tavares of Las Vegas.

Tavares is Nevada's Class 4A singles champion as a senior and is ranked No. 55 nationally by TennisRecruiting.net.

She joins Toti, a current freshman and fellow Las Vegas product.

Tavares is the second signee. Mimi Fotopoulas of Prairie Village, Kan., was previously announced.

Track and Field: Tavis Bailey is the SEC track and field Freshman of the Week after notching a third consecutive discus victory.

The redshirt freshman won the Vanderbilt Invitational and ranks fourth in the SEC with a throw of 176 feet, 9 inches.

Most of the UT men and women are at the 118th Penn Relays in Philadelphia to compete today through Saturday.

Bailey and the other throwers, however, are in LaJolla, Calif., for the UCSD Triton Invitational.

At Penn, Chanelle Price is shooting for a sixth career relay victory. The Lady Vols had their run of titles snapped last year when they finished second in the distance-medley relay.

WBIR will carry live coverage 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

Justin Gatlin and Phoebe Wright are among the former Tennessee stars competing against international opponents.

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In other, other sports, the softball team wins 5-0 vs tennessse state. Tn is now 102-3 vs instate teams. 2 of the 3 losses were to Chattanooga coached by Karen Weekly.

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