Senior Scott Friderichs
Jan. 7, 2011
The Tennessee swimming and diving team is set to kick off 2011 with its first dual meet of the New Year when the 15th-ranked Vols play host to No. 10 Virginia on Saturday.
The Vols (3-1, 1-0 SEC) last competed in the Tennessee Invitational on Nov. 20, finishing in third place behind 17th-ranked Alabama and Virginia Tech. Likewise, the Cavaliers (6-0, 1-0 ACC) last competed Nov. 20, notching wins over Penn State and No. 14 Indiana.
Virginia poses a significant challenge for the Big Orange. The Cavs boast wins over two other Top 25 opponents--a season-opening win over No. 5 Florida and No. 25 Princeton. Tennessee has only faced two ranked foes in dual meets this year. The Vols topped 18th-ranked Louisville to start the season and narrowly lost to No. 7 Ohio State on Nov. 12.
"Virginia will be a very tough test for us," head coach John Trembley said. "They are a very experienced team and have a great coaching staff. There are a few areas we don't match up well with them, so we will have to take advantage in those areas where we do."
Quite often, the first meet of the spring semester is a challenge for teams as there is usually an extended break between competitions. But Trembley isn't worried too much about the Vols' 48-day break between meets.
"Most years, the first meet back after the holidays is a concern--were your guys disciplined over that month or so off--we worry about that sometimes," Trembley said. "But not with this group. They have been working very hard over the break and came back ready to go."
Tennessee will square off against Virginia at noon on Saturday at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center. Live results are available at http://www.jonesaquaticcenter.com/.