She hasn't been on campus for very long, but freshman Eve Repic has already proven she is a huge part of the Tennessee women's tennis team.
Repic is coming off an impressive performance at the Virginia Invitational the weekend of Jan. 18 where she won two out of three singles matches against nationally-ranked competitors and earned singles tournament runner-up honors.
"It was a really nice honor," Repic said. "I played three pretty tough matches and came away with two wins. It was a good weekend."
One of Repic's victories was an upset win over then-No. 28 Virginia tennis player Danielle Collins.
"It was a good victory," Repic said on her upset victory over Collins. "I didn't really know much about her going into the match, but I just played it one point at a time, and it went my way."
The Oakville, Ontario native followed up a successful weekend in Charlottesville, Va., by defeating Purdue's Lynda Xepoleas, 6-3, 6-4, on Saturday in the Lady Vols' victory over the Boilermakers before falling to Clemson's Yana Koroleva – ranked No. 74 nationally – 6-1, 6-3, on Sunday in UT's loss to the Tigers.
With the early season success, Repic finds herself nationally ranked as well, coming in as the 53rd best women's singles players.
"Eve works hard; she has got a great work ethic," said UT women's tennis head coach Mike Patrick. "She has some sound fundamentals, she has improved some, her fitness is better, (and) she is getting confident. There are still a lot of things she has got to work on; she knows that and she does it every day. It is a process when they come here. We are a process driven kind of program.
"We are going to try to work so she has a chance to get up on the wall some day and have a chance maybe to go play after school. That would be a great thing for her to shoot for."
Coach Patrick also expressed his confidence in Repic when asked whether he believed the freshman had the chance to be a top-ranked singles player by her junior or senior year.
"Yeah I would think so," Patrick said, "I think she has got that potential if she keeps focused and works hard."
Repic also said she recognized she has the chance to be one of the nation's best tennis players; but she admitted she's aware it will require a great deal of hard work.
"It is definitely a goal to look forward to," Repic said. "I've got to put in a lot more work to get there because there is really good competition here. I got to do my best and see how it goes."
Repic said she's aware of the areas she has to work on in order to become the best; aggressiveness, she said, ranks at the top of that list.
"Coming in as a freshman," Repic said, "I have a lot to learn, and I am just excited to be here at Tennessee."