Jan. 16, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Tennessee Volunteers were picked to finish second in the SEC men's tennis coaches poll, which was released Thursday by the conference office.
The Vols start the 2014 season ranked No. 6 nationally and host Tennessee Tech and Eastern Kentucky to open the season Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Goodfriend Tennis Center.
Last year, Tennessee finished the season with a 26-9 record, including 8-4 in SEC play. The Vols finished second in the SEC and reached the NCAA quarterfinals. Sam Winterbotham, now in his eighth year at UT, was voted the ITA National Coach of the Year, and Chris Woodruff earned ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year honors.
The Vols will be led on court at the top of the lineup by Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese. The two form the No. 1 doubles team in the country and were All-Americans last season. Libietis is the returning SEC Player of the Year.
Georgia, ranked third nationally, was voted as the overall champion.Texas A&M was third, just behind the Vols in the poll.
The preseason poll is voted on by the men's tennis head coach at each institution and is based on a 13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 vote.
The complete tally for the poll is below.
1. Georgia (155)
2. Tennessee (137)
3. Texas A&M (132)
5. Florida (105)
6. Ole Miss (95)
7. Vanderbilt (88)
8. Mississippi State (71)
9. South Carolina (70)
10. Alabama (43)
11. Auburn (39)
12. LSU (37)