Jan. 22, 2012
TENNESSEE vs. GEORGIA TECH
Sunday, Jan. 22 | 1 p.m. ET
Goodfriend Tennis Center | Knoxville
GEORGIA TECH RETURNS TO VOLS' SCHEDULE
- Tennessee (1-1) and Georgia Tech (1-0), two traditionally prominent programs, are meeting for the first time since 1997. The Vols lead the all-time series 18-13 in a series that dates back to 1927.
- Freshman Mikelis Libietis, who went 2-0 at No. 1 singles Friday, is likely to face his first top-10 opponent in No. 9 Kevin King. Libietis is 10-1 in his young career and got his first ranked win Friday against Memphis' David O'Hare.
- Georgia Tech also boasts a top doubles pairing, No. 2-ranked King and Juan Spir. The Jacket duo ousted the Vols' top-seeded team of John-Patrick Smith and Boris Conkic from the 2011 NCAA Doubles Championships.
- The Vols split opening matches Friday between Memphis (L, 4-3) and Eastern Kentucky (6-1). Georgia Tech beat Old Dominion 7-0 in its opener.
- Four freshmen made their dual match debuts for the Vols on Friday. Libietis is the first Vol to play No. 1 singles as a freshman since Smith in 2008.
- Freshman Brandon Fickey went 2-0 against Memphis and Eastern Kentucky at the No. 2 position. The Vols started three freshmen in the top half of the lineup both matches (Libietis, Fickey, Hunter Reese).
- Tennessee's wins leader this season remains senior Bryan Swartz, who logged a 7-5, 6-2 win Carles Pons of EKU on court 6. Swartz is now a career-best 11-2.
- The Vols have had the upper hand in the doubles point in recent seasons. They won the doubles point in 32 of 33 matches in 2010, 24 of 29 matches in 2011 and the first two matches of 2012.