MATCH CENTRAL: Vols vs. Mississippi

Jan. 29, 2012



TENNESSEE vs. MISSISSIPPI
Sunday, Jan. 30, 2012 | 5 p.m. ET
Goodfriend Tennis Center | Knoxville
Projected Lineups
TENNESSEE
Singles
MISSISSIPPI
Fr. // Priekuli, Latvia
» Record: 9-3 (3-1)
» Ranking: 125
1
Nik Scholtz
RS-Fr. // Caledon, South Africa
» Record: 5-1 (2-0)
» Ranking: N/R
Battle of top SEC freshmen ... Scholtz redshirted last year ... Libietis the first Vol to reach more than 10 singles and doubles wins
Fr. // Knoxville, Tenn.
» Record: 12-5 (4-0)
» Ranking: N/R
2
Marcel Thiemann
Sr. // Lehrte, Germany
» Record: 7-3 (2-0)
» Ranking: 27
Fickey has won all four dual matches in straight sets ... Knoxville native was the first off the court for the Vols on Sunday against Michigan State
RS-Fr. // Kennesaw, Ga.
» Record: 6-5 (1-3)
» Ranking: 119
3
Jonas Lutjen
Jr. // Schessel, Germany
» Record: 11-3 (2-0)
» Ranking: 98
Reese got first dual match win vs. Georgia Tech, beating Juan Spir in 3 ... Lutjen reached the finals of the SEC Indoors earlier this month ... Reese rounds out 1-2-3 freshman lineup for UT
Soph. // Sydney, Australia
» Record: 8-7 (2-1)
» Ranking: N/R
4
William Kallberg
Fr. // Stockholm, Sweden
» Record: 5-1 (2-0)
» Ranking: N/R
Chaplin clinched the Vols' 4-2 win against Michigan State ... Sophomore playing his first full season in singles lineup ... Kallberg joined Ole Miss in January
Jr. // Carmarthen, Wales
» Record: 8-7 (2-2)
» Ranking: N/R
5
Chris Thiemann
Sr. // Lehrte, Germany
» Record: 6-3 (1-0)
» Ranking: N/R
Jones is 16-2 in his career in matches played in Knoxville ... Tennessee's only returning starter from 2011 team ... first home match against Mississippi
Fr. // Kraubath, Austria
» Record: 7-5 (0-1)
» Ranking: 117
6
Johan Backstrom
Soph. // Uppsala, Sweden
» Record: 9-5 (1-0)
» Ranking: N/R
Taylor Patrick possibly to get the start for the Vols at the No. 6 position, as was the case Sunday ... Has a 3-6 record this season, 1-1 in dual matches ... Nagovnak played against Memphis to start season
TENNESSEE
Doubles
MISSISSIPPI
M. Libietis / H. Reese
» Record: 9-3 (3-1)
» Ranking: N/R
1
M. Thiemann / C. Thiemann
» Record: 5-1 (2-0)
» Ranking: N/R
Libietis is 12-3 overall in doubles to lead the Vols and Reese is 11-3 ... they are 3-1 against ranked opponents ... Thiemann twins are coming off the SEC Indoors title earlier this month
E. Jones / B. Fickey
» Record: 6-3 (3-1)
» Ranking: N/R
2
N. Scholtz / J. Lutjen
» Record: 3-1 (2-0)
» Ranking: N/R
Jones and Fickey have won their last three matches together after dropping their first dual match ... Jones is in his third season as a doubles starter for the Vols, clinching the doubles point in the 2010 NCAA title match
J. Chaplin / P. Nagovnak
» Record: 4-1 (3-0)
» Ranking: N/R
3
J. Backstrom / A. Skogeng
» Record: N/A
» Ranking: N/R
Chaplin and Nagovnak are unbeaten at Nno. 3 position thus far ... Chaplin is 7-3 in career doubles dual matches ... On Sunday, Backstrom played No. 3 doubles with Kallberg, not Skogeng
AN SEC PREVIEW
  • Welcome to the fourth-annual ITA Kick-Off Weekend. There are 15 of these two-day men's tournaments going on now in college tennis. The winner of each site advances to the field of 16 at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Virginia, as the host, is automatically in the tournament.
  • With the 5-2 win against Michigan State, the Vols are 7-0 all-time in the Kick-Off Weekend, and have hosted every year of the tournament's existence. Tennessee reached the finals of the ITA Indoors in 2010 and 2011.
  • The top half of the Tennessee lineup has been all freshman: Mikelis Libietis, Brandon Fickey and Hunter Reese. Libietis is the first freshman to play No. 1 singles since John-Patrick Smith in 2008. He is 3-1. Fickey, a Knoxville native, has started out 4-0 at No. 2.

 

 

 

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