The Vols jumped up six spots to No. 18 in the latest ITA national team poll, the college tennis governing body announced Thursday.
Tennessee (4-1) is coming off a pair of victories, beating Michigan State 4-2 and Mississippi 4-3 to earn a spot in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships for the fourth consecutive season.
Mikelis Libietis picked up the first SEC Freshman of the Week honors for his unbeaten performance at the No. 1 singles and doubles positions. Redshirt freshman Hunter Reese provided the clinching point against Mississippi in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
On Sunday, the Vols host No. 19 Illinois, which is coming off a 1-1 showing in its ITA Kick-Off Weekend tournament at Georgia Tech. The Illini lost to North Carolina 4-2 before beating Georgia Tech 4-3.