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Tennis Central: Tenn. Tech & Alabama-Huntsville

Jan. 16, 2013




VOLS vs. TENN. TECH & ALA.-HUNTSVILLE
Thursday, Jan. 17 | 3 p.m. ET
Goodfriend Tennis Center | Knoxville

The Season Begins
WELCOME TO 2013
  • Returning all six starters from last season, the Vols enter 2013 ranked No. 19 nationally.
  • Sam Winterbotham is in his seventh year of coaching at Tennessee. He has a 133-40 record in his first six years with the Vols.
  • The Vols start the spring with two players in the national rankings. Mikelis Libietis, who played every match at No. 1 singles and doubles for the Vols as a freshman last year, is ranked ninth nationally in singles after a 14-3 fall.
  • Hunter Reese is Tennessee's second ranked player, coming it at 40th. He's certainly on a hot streak to start the dual match season. He won his first collegiate singles title last week, the Wake Forest Spring Invitational. He is a team-leading 15-3 this year.

LAST SEASON

  • The Vols finished 15-14 overall and reached the second round of the NCAA Championships.
  • The squad featured three freshmen playing at the 1-2-3 positions in the lineup (Libietis, Reese, Brandon Fickey). The lineup included five new starters.
  • Libietis and Reese, the Vols' top doubles team, earned All-SEC honors.

IN SEASON OPENERS

  • Like most years, Tennessee is starting the year against an cross-state foe, this time taking on Tennessee Tech of the Ohio Valley Conference.
  • The Vols and Golden Eagles have not faced since 2003, a 7-0 opening-day win for the Vols.
  • The match against Alabama-Huntsville was a late addition to the Tennessee schedule. It will be the first meeting between the two schools. The assistant coach on the team, Johnny Thornton, is a former Volunteer.
  • The Vols also opened last season with a double header against Memphis and Eastern Kentucky.

CATCH THEM WHILE THEY'RE IN TOWN

  • The Vols might be playing seven matches to start the season at home, but after that, the Vols head out on the road for two months, returning to their home courts March 15 for an SEC match against South Carolina.
  • The first seven matches are taking place over just three playing dates: Jan. 17 (Tennessee Tech, Alabama-Huntsville), Jan. 19 (Oklahoma State, Belmont), Jan. 21 (Eastern Kentucky, Murray State two times).
  • The match against Alabama-Huntsville was a late addition to the Tennessee schedule. It will be the first meeting between the two schools. The assistant coach on the team, Johnny Thornton, is a former Volunteer.

 

 

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