The new ITA team rankings were released Tuesday, and the Vols (7-0) held steading at No. 19 after rolling off seven shutout victories against unranked opponents to start the year. New individual rankings will not come out until next month.
In other national news, TennisRecruiting.net released its national team signing class rankings of the new year Monday. The Vols signed five-star recruit Sean Karl
of Brentwood, Tenn., and top-flight junior Markus Kerner
of Tallinn, Estonia, during the early signing period, and that was more than enough to be listed at No. 10 nationally. The recruiting service also wished Karl a speedy recovery from cancer. Karl continues to undergo chemo treatments in his battle against Ewing sarcoma.
Plus, some stories over the weekend from the Knoxville News Sentinel: