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MATCH CENTRAL: Vol vs. Illinois



Feb. 3, 2012



TENNESSEE vs. ILLINOIS
Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012 | 1 p.m. ET
Goodfriend Tennis Center | Knoxville
Projected Lineups
TENNESSEE
Singles
ILLINOIS
Fr. // Priekuli, Latvia
» Record: 12-2 (4-1)
» Ranking: 125
1
Dennis Nevolo
Sr. // Gurnee, Ill.
» Record: N/A
» Ranking: 2
Libietis went 2-0 at No. 1 singles last week, beating Ole Miss redshirt freshman Nik Scholtz in three sets ... Named SEC Freshman of the Week ... One of two freshmen in the SEC at No. 1 singles
Fr. // Knoxville, Tenn.
» Record: 12-6 (4-1)
» Ranking: N/R
2
Roy Kalmanovich
Sr. // Framingham, Mass.
» Record: N/A
» Ranking: 24
Fickey took first loss in dual match career Sunday against Ole Miss' No. 27 Marcel Thiemann ... Has compiled three four-match winning streaks this year ... Still looking for first ranked win
RS-Fr. // Kennesaw, Ga.
» Record: 7-5 (2-3)
» Ranking: 119
3
Stephen Hoh
Jr. // Eaglemont, Australia
» Record: N/A
» Ranking: N/R
Reese's last win was biggest of college career, beating No. 98 Jonas Lutjen to clinch Vols' 4-3 win over Ole Miss ... Has been on court in two deciding matches already in five matches
Soph. // Sydney, Australia
» Record: 9-7 (3-1)
» Ranking: N/R
4
Bruno Abdelnour
Jr. // Aleppo, Syria
» Record: N/A
» Ranking: N/R
Chaplin has won his last three matches, the most recent two coming in straight sets ... Chaplin is coming off a 6-3, 6-4 win against Ole Miss' William Kallberg
Jr. // Carmarthen, Wales
» Record: 8-8 (2-3)
» Ranking: N/R
5
Tim Kopinski
Fr. // Palos Hills, Ill.
» Record: N/A
» Ranking: N/R
Jones injured ankle when serving for first set against Chris Thiemann but was able to continue the match, eventually losing 7-6 (5), 6-1 ... Jones only returning starter for Vols this season
Jr. // Knoxville, Tenn.
» Record: 3-7 (1-2)
» Ranking: N/R
6
Farris Gosea
Fr. // Cardiff, Wales
» Record: N/A
» Ranking: N/R
Patrick has played in four of the Vols' five matches this spring, including the last three at the No. 6 position ... Last two matches have gone three sets, both losses ... Peter Nagovnak & Bryan Swartz have played No. 6 too
TENNESSEE
Doubles
ILLINOIS
M. Libietis / H. Reese
» Record: 10-2 (4-1)
» Ranking: N/R
1
D. Nevolo / F. Gosea
» Record: N/A
» Ranking: N/R
Libietis and Reese became the first Vol pairing this year to get to 10 wins, beating Chris and Marcel Thiemann of Ole Miss 8-3 ... Vols duo is 10-1 in matches played on Tennessee's indoor courts
E. Jones / B. Fickey
» Record: 6-3 (3-1)
» Ranking: N/R
2
T. Kopinski/ R. Guignon
» Record: N/A
» Ranking: N/R
Jones and Fickey are riding a three-match winning streak, although their last match against Ole Miss was suspended with the Vols trailing ... UT's No. 2 team has strung together two three-match winning streaks this year
J. Chaplin / P. Nagovnak
» Record: 5-1 (4-0)
» Ranking: N/R
3
B. Abdelnour / S. Hoh
» Record: N/A
» Ranking: N/R
Chaplin and Nagovnak have been the Vols' only unbeaten team in dual matches with a 4-0 record ... Chaplin is now 8-3 in his career in dual matches ... Only Jones has more career dual match wins with a 35-14 record
TRADITIONAL MATCHUP CONTINUES
  • Tennessee has faced Illinois each year since Sam Winterbotham arrived at Tennessee. The Vols are 5-1 in the series since 2007 but three of the scores have ended a very close 4-3. Illinois last played in Knoxville in 2010, a match the Vols won 6-1.
  • Last week, Tennessee defeated Mississippi 4-3 to advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships for the fourth consecutive year. Illinois did not qualify for National Indoors, losing to North Carolina and then beating Georgia Tech.
  • Mikelis Libietis is set to face his highest ranked opponent in Illini senior Dennis Nevolo, currently No. 2 nationally. Nevolo was the singles finalist at the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships.
  • The Vols have started the year out well in doubles, winning the opening point in all five matches to start the season.


 

 

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