Hoping to parlay 17-1 opening run into BIG EAST tournament title and NCAA tournament berth
Kata Szekely enters her first season as the assistant coach of the DePaul University women's tennis program in 2013-14. A native of Szekesfehervar, Hungary, Szekely is a 2013 graduate of the University of Tennessee.
At Tennessee, Szekely was a two-time doubles All-American (2012, 2013) and a two-time second team All-SEC selection. She compiled an 89-34 career singles record while posting a 103-24 mark in doubles play. She climbed as high as No. 7 on the doubles charts (June 6, 2012) and No. 37 in singles competition (Feb. 16, 2012) during her tenure at Tennessee.
Additionally, Szekely was a SEC All-Academic pick in 2010 and was named to the Freshman Academic Honor Roll.
Szekely advanced to the National Semifinals of the Division I Women's Tennis Doubles Championship in both 2012 and 2013 to earn All-American honors. In both years, Szekely's doubles pair lost to the eventual national championship duo-- Stanford's Mallory Burdette and Nicole Gibbs (2012) and USC's Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria in 2013.
Szekely won two singles championships at Tennessee, taking the 2011 Furman Fall Classic (Flight 3) and the 2010 SEC Coaches' Tournament (Flight 7). In addition, she captured doubles titles at the 2012 Tennessee Fall Classic, 2011 USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional and the 2010 SEC Coaches' Tournament (Flight 3).
"I really feel adding a two-time All-American from Tennessee - over the past couple years she was just one of the best in the country - will bring some great insight into our doubles play," said DePaul head coach Mark Ardizzone. "I think she'll really do a great job with the girls in their doubles. And it'll give us some fresh eyes, too. We've never had a graduate assistant that didn't play here, so that'll be kind of interesting."
Born inMór, Hungary, Szekely was a member of the Hungarian National Team in 2003 and 2004. She won the 2004 U-16 and the 2007 U-18 Hungarian National Championships. She is the daughter of Andras and Marianna Szekely and has one sibling, Balazs.