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Tennessee Tennis Year-by-Year Archive
2014 Season

Record: 19-11
SEC Finish: 6-6 (6th)
SEC Tournament: 2nd Round
Postseason: NCAA Round of 16
Coach: Sam Winterbotham (8th season)

The Vols came on strong late in the 2014 season, winning six of their final eight matches to reach the NCAA round of 16 for the sixth time in Sam Winterbotham's eight years at UT. Tennessee advanced to the final site by winning a road NCAA regional for the first time, beating No. 11 Duke 4-2 in the second round. The year was ultimately marked by the doubles success of Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese. The No. 1-ranked duo captured Tennessee's first NCAA doubles title in 34 years, beating Ohio State's Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 in the final.

National Champions
2013 Season

Record: 26-9
SEC Finish: 8-4 (2nd East)
SEC Tournament: Finals
Postseason: NCAA Quarterfinals
Coach: Sam Winterbotham (7th season)

With all six starters coming back from the 2012 squad, the Vols returned to the top 10 in the national rankings and reached the NCAA quarterfinals for the third time in four years. Coaches around the country took notice as Sam Winterbotham was voted the ITA National Head Coach of the Year and Chris Woodruff was the ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year. Sophomore Mikelis Libietis became the first Vol in program history to simultaneously hold the No. 1 ranking in singles and doubles. He was voted the ITA National Player to Watch as well as the SEC Player of the Year. He and Hunter Reese earned All-America status.

Mikelis Libietis
2012 Season

Record: 15-14
SEC Finish: 5-6 (4th East)
SEC Tournament: Quarterfinals
Postseason: NCAA Regionals
Coach: Sam Winterbotham (6th season)

With five starters to replace from the 2011 SEC Championship team, freshmen led the way for the Vols in 2012. Freshmen Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese were named All-SEC and played No. 1 and 2 singles respectively. Edward Jones, the team's only returning starter, provided stability in the lower half of the lineup with Jarryd Chaplin as the Vols stayed in the top 25 the entire year, finishing at No. 20 in the final ITA standings.

Edward Jones
2011 Season

Record: 24-5
SEC Finish: 10-1 (T-1st)
SEC Tournament: Semifinals
Postseason: NCAA Quarterfinals
Coach: Sam Winterbotham (5th season)

The 2011 season was a year of firsts for Tennessee. The Vols won back-to-back regular season SEC titles for the first time in program history. The team attained the No. 1 national ranking for the first time since 1990, and two Vols — John-Patrick Smith and Rhyne Williams — held the No. 1 singles ranking during the year.

Smith and Boris Conkic formed the end-year No. 1 doubles team. Williams was the NCAA singles finalist, while Smith became the first Vol to be voted SEC Athlete of the Year since Peyton Manning.

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2010 Season

Record: 31-2
SEC Finish: 11-0 (1st)
SEC Tournament: Champions
Postseason: NCAA Runner-Up
Coach: Sam Winterbotham (4th season)

As evidenced by a program-record 16 shutouts, the Tennessee coaching staff assembled one of its deepest lineups ever in 2010. The Vols made their third appearance in the NCAA championship match, losing to defending champion Southern California 4-2 in Athens, Ga.

The Vols swept the SEC regular-season and tournament titles for the second time, led by SEC Player of the Year and tournament MVP John-Patrick Smith. He and Sandgren also reached the finals of the NCAA Doubles Championships. Rhyne Williams was voted SEC Freshman of the Year.

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2009 Season

Record: 23-7
SEC Finish: 8-3 (2nd East)
SEC Tournament: Finals
Postseason: NCAA Round of 16
Coach: Sam Winterbotham (3rd season)

The Vols picked up where they left off in 2008 with Tennessee's starring sophomore trio of John-Patrick Smith, Boris Conkic and Matteo Fago not missing a beat in their second year. Tennessee upset the top-ranked Ohio State 4-3 at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships and later won the National Blue Gray Tennis Classic.

The team finished the year ranked eighth nationally. Smith made a return trip to an NCAA individual final, reaching the doubles title match with Davey Sandgren. They ended the year ranked No. 1.

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2008 Season

Record: 23-4
SEC Finish: 9-2 (T-2nd East)
SEC Tournament: Semifinals
Postseason: NCAA Round of 16
Coach: Sam Winterbotham (2nd season)

Sam Winterbotham's first signing class shined from the very start. John-Patrick Smith was the SEC Freshman of the Year and was joined on the Freshman All-SEC Team by Boris Conkic and Matteo Fago as the Vols finished ninth in the final ITA national rankings.

In a surprise run as an unseeded player, Smith became the first Vol since Chris Woodruff to reach the title match of the NCAA Singles Championships.

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2007 Season

Record: 17-8
SEC Finish: 7-4 (T-2nd East)
SEC Tournament: Quarterfinals
Postseason: NCAA Round of 32
Coach: Sam Winterbotham (1st season)

The Vols were ranked 50th nationally when Sam Winterbotham took over as head coach in the fall of 2006. By the end of his first season, the Vols climbed all the way to 25th and finished second in the SEC Eastern Division.

Kaden Hensel and Davey Sandgren were named All-SEC, while Hensel also picked up All-America honors in singles.

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2006 Season

Record: 9-11
SEC Finish: 3-8 (5th East)
SEC Tournament: First Round
Postseason: N/A
Coach: Chris Mahony (2nd season)

After a strong start to the season, the Vols struggled down the stretch in 2006, losing seven of their final eight matches. Tennessee missed a team invitation to the NCAA field of 64 for the first time since 2003.

Ben Rogers made a return trip to the NCAA Doubles Championships, this time with Australian Adam Hubble. Rogers went to the NCAA doubles tournament three times (2005-07).

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2005 Season

Record: 16-9
SEC Finish: 6-5 (T-3rd East)
SEC Tournament: Runner-up
Postseason: NCAA Round of 16
Coach: Chris Mahony (1st season)

After finishing 6-5 during the SEC regular season, Tennessee made a surprise run to the title match of the conference tournament, losing to Florida 4-2 in the final.

The Vols reached the final site of the NCAA Championships, punching their ticket to the round of 16. Ockie Oosthuizen and Ben Rogers earned All-American honors in doubles.

Oosthuizen
2004 Season

Record: 14-9
SEC Finish: 6-5 (4th East)
SEC Tournament: First Round
Postseason: NCAA Round of 32
Coach: Michael Fancutt (6th season)

The Vols rebounded from a sub-.500 season in Michael Fancutt's final season as head coach. Tennessee finished 21st in the final ITA rankings. Simon Rea and Damien Spizzo earned All-America and All-SEC honors to lead the Vols.

The Vols traveled for the NCAA regional losing to host Arkansas in the second round.

Ben Rogers
2003 Season

Record: 9-12
SEC Finish: 2-9 (6th East)
SEC Tournament: First Round
Postseason: N/A
Coach: Michael Fancutt (5th season)

The Vols won five matches to start the 2003 season, but Tennessee managed just four wins in the following 16 in what was a down year after reaching the NCAA finals or semifinals the previous three years. Mark Dietrich and Simon Rea both earned second-team All-SEC honors.

Simon Rea
2002 Season

Record: 22-7
SEC Finish: 7-4 (T-2nd East)
SEC Tournament: Champions
Postseason: Semifinals
Coach: Michael Fancutt (4th season)

The Vols hosted the SEC Tournament for a second time in Knoxville and once again reigned as tournament champions with a 4-1 win against Auburn. The team later advanced to the semifinals for the third consecutive year and lost to Southern California 4-3.

Peter Handoyo wrapped up a stellar career with the Vols, becoming Tennessee's fifth three-time All-American. Mario Toledo was also an All-American in singles.

2002 SEC Champions
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