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M TENNIS CENTRAL: Illinois



Feb. 1, 2013



#15 TENNESSEE vs. #19 ILLINOIS
Saturday, February 2 | 7 p.m. ET
Atkins Center | Champaign, Ill.
Projected Lineups
TENNESSEE
Singles
ILLINOIS
So. // Priekuli, Latvia
» Record: 20-3
» Ranking: 9
1
Jared Hiltzik
Fr. // Wilmette, Ill.
» Record: 14-8
» Ranking: 114
Libietis is in his second season playing No. 1 singles and doubles ... Holds a 6-0 dual match record ... Hiltzik, Illinois native, replaces outgoing in-state All-American Dennis Nevolo.
RS-So. // Kennesaw, Ga.
» Record: 19-3
» 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 11-match winning streak ... 6-1 in true road matches last year ... Clinched the Vols' 4-1 win over North Carolina last week.
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 to start the season, recording three wins in the Vols' home stand ... 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: 18-5
» 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: 14-4
» Ranking: N/R
5
Farris Gosea
So. // Cardiff, Wales
» Record: 4-9
» Ranking: N/R
Collins is 4-1 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: 12-5
» Ranking: N/R
6
Brian Page
Fr. // Wheaton, Ill.
» Record: 8-10
» 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 5-match winning streak ... Has won at least 20 matches the last two seasons.
TENNESSEE
Doubles
ILLINOIS
J. Chaplin / M. Libietis
» Record: 11-1
» Ranking: 26
1
A. Jesse / F. Gosea
» Record: 4-2
» Ranking: N/R
Libietis is back at No. 1 doubles, this year with Chaplin ... They are75-0 so far in dual matches and reached the quarterfinals of the ITA All-American ... The two went 2-0 over the ITA Kick0Off Weekend, beating Illinois' No. 1s 8-5.
J. Collins / E. Jones
» Record: 5-2
» 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 74 doubles wins and Jones with 79 ... 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: 10-0
» Ranking: N/R
3
J. Childers / B. Abdelnour
» Record: 0-0
» Ranking: N/R
Fickey and Reese, playing their first collegiate season together, already have seven 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.
A RETURN TO ILLINOIS
  • The 15th-ranked Vols (9-0) are in search of their 10th victory of the season Saturday in a rematch with 25th-ranked Illinois (2-2). The two teams played last week at the Atkins Center to open the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, with the Vols winning 4-0 in a very close match. Four matches went three sets.
  • Tennessee moved up four spots to No. 15 in the ITA Team Rankings. The Vols have qualified for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in two weeks.
  • Mikelis Libietis recorded his 20th win of the season last week, already matching his freshman career high. Brandon Fickey has also matched his career high by racking up No. 18. He is on an 8-match winning streak.

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