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TENNIS ITA KICK-OFF: #16 Illinois

Jan. 24, 2013


#19 TENNESSEE vs. #16 ILLINOIS
Friday, January 30 | 7 p.m. ET
Atkins Center | Champaign, Ill.
Projected Lineups
TENNESSEE
Singles
ILLINOIS
So. // Priekuli, Latvia
» Record: 19-3
» Ranking: 9
1
Jared Hiltzik
Fr. // Wilmette, Ill.
» Record: 13-7
» Ranking: 114
Libietis is in his second season playing No. 1 singles and doubles ... Holds a 5-0 dual match record ... Hiltzik, Illinois native, replaces outgoing in-state All-American Dennis Nevolo.
RS-So. // Kennesaw, Ga.
» Record: 18-3
» Ranking: 40
2
Stephen Hoh
Sr. // Eaglemont, Australia
» Record: 7-5
» Ranking: N/R
Reese in his second year at the No. 2 spot ... Riding a career-best 10 match winning streak ... 6-1 in road matches last year ... Hoh played No. 3 last season.
Jr. // Sydney, Aust.
» Record: 10-4
» Ranking: N/R
3
Tim Kopinski
Soph. // Palos Hills, Ill.
» Record: 10-7
» Ranking: N/R
Chaplin played up at the 3 spot last week, recording three wins ... Career-best winning streak is three matches ... Entering second full year of singles starting at UT ... Played No. 4 last year.
Soph. // Knoxville, Tenn.
» Record: 16-5
» Ranking: N/R
4
Bruno Abdelnour
Sr. // Aleppo, Syria
» Record: 8-6
» Ranking: N/R
Fickey was lights out in the season-opening weekend at home, going 6-0 in dual matches and winning two of those matches by 6-0, 6-0 scores ... Played No. 2 and 3 as a freshman ... On a career-best 6-match winning streak.
Sr. // Bowie, MD.
» Record: 13-3
» Ranking: N/R
5
Farris Gosea
So. // Cardiff, Wales
» Record: 4-8
» Ranking: N/R
Collins is 3-0 to start the dual match season, two of those wins coming at the No. 3 spot ... Played 1-5 in the Maryland lineup his first three years ... Won his first collegiate singles tourney, the second flight of the Tennessee Fall Invite.
Sr. // Carmarthen, Wales
» Record: 11-5
» Ranking: N/R
6
Brian Page
Fr. // Wheaton, Ill.
» Record: 8-9
» Ranking: N/R
Jones is entering his third year of starting in the singles lineup, moving back to No. 6 after playing 5 in 2012 ... Enters weekend on a 4-match winning streak ... Has won at least 20 matches the last two seasons.
TENNESSEE
Doubles
ILLINOIS
J. Chaplin / M. Libietis
» Record: 9-1
» Ranking: 26
1
A. Jesse / F. Gosea
» Record: 4-1
» Ranking: N/R
Libietis is back at No. 1 doubles, this year with Chaplin ... They are 5-0 so far in dual matches and reached the quarterfinals of the ITA All-American ... Libietis won the Ohio Valley Regional title with Collins ... Chaplin took a title at the Baylor Intercollegiate with Jones.
J. Collins / E. Jones
» Record: 4-2
» Ranking: N/R
2
R. Guignon / S. Hoh
» Record: 0-0
» Ranking: N/R
Collins and Jones are the most veteran doubles players on the team, Collins with 73 doubles wins and Jones with 78 ... Collins played No. 1 doubles last year at Maryland ... Jones has started doubles every year of his career at UT and was a member of the 2010 NCAA All-Tournament Team.
B. Fickey / H. Reese
» Record: 9-0
» Ranking: N/R
3
J. Childers / B. Abdelnour
» Record: 0-0
» Ranking: N/R
Fickey and Reese, playing their first collegiate season, already have six dual match wins between the 2 and 3 positions ... Reese played No. 1 doubles with Libietis last year and was ranked as high as 7th ... Fickey played 2 and 3 doubles with multiple partners last season.
ITA KICK-OFF WEEKEND
  • The 19th-ranked Vols (7-0) are looking to qualify for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships for the fifth consecutive season. To do so, they must win both their matches this weekend at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. They play No. 16 Illinois on Friday and No. 18 North Carolina or No. 24 Tulsa on Saturday.
  • Tennessee, Tulsa and North Carolina chose to travel to the Illinois region of the tournament in a draft last summer. All four teams are in the top 25, making this perhaps the most competitive region.
  • This is the first of two straight weekends the Vols will be playing Illinois. They face the Illini in a regularly-scheduled non-conference match next Friday. Illinois is hosting the NCAA Championships for the first time in May, so Tennessee could be visiting Champaign, Ill., three times in 2013.


 

 

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