M TENNIS CENTRAL: #14 Vols vs. #13 Duke

Feb. 6, 2014


#14 VOLS VS. #13 DUKE
Friday, Feb. 7 | 6 p.m. ET
Goodfriend Tennis Center | Knoxville

EXPERIMENTAL RULES: College tennis teams across the country will be playing with an experimental scoring system in January and February. As always, teams will be vying for four team points, but the match scoring will be a little different. The three doubles matches to start the contest will be played as six-game sets, instead of eight-game sets. Matches will feature no-ad scoring and a tiebreaker if it is tied at 5-5. The team that wins two of the three doubles matches wins one team point. Six singles matches will then be played, each worth one team point. Matches will be best-of-three sets with no-ad scoring. Rules will return to NCAA format after the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in February.

PARKING: Where should you leave your car when driving to Goodfriend Tennis Center? Lot S-37 around the Shelbourne Towers (across the street from the tennis center) will be available. Fans can also park in lot N-2 (the old tennis courts along Volunteer Boulevard). Goodfriend Tennis Center can be accessed through the main doors located in the parking lot of the Andy Holt Apartments, or the elevator entrance near the outdoor courts of Barksdale Stadium.


A Look at the Team

Hunter's Hot Streak

  • Despite the unseasonably cold temperatures, Hunter Reese has started 2014 off on a torrent pace. The redshirt junior from Kennesaw, Ga., achieved win No. 70 of his career in Sunday's win over Tulsa.
  • Reese, along with partner Mikelis Libietis, moved up to fourth place in doubles win in Tennessee history (55)--first place is 102 by Byron Talbot and Shelby Cannon (1985-88). The No. 1 doubles team in country is 18-2 this season, heading into this ACC weekend.
  • The consistent bright spot on the weekend, Reese capped off UT's first road trip of the season with two straight-set wins. On Friday, the No. 16 player in the country picked up the only point in singles against Oklahoma State, defeating Sebastian Sachs, 6-0, 6-4. He concluded the weekend by defeating Tulsa's Clifford Marsland, 6-5 (2), 6-0.

Viva Estonia!

  • The first-ever tennis Vol from the small Baltic nation next to Russia has gotten off to a blazing start as well. Markus Kerner is the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week after a 7-0 start this season at the No. 6 position.
  • The Viljandi, Estonia, native is also 8-0 in doubles matches this calendar year. He and partner Andrew Dromsky won both of their matches over the weekend to clinch the doubles point in both matches in Oklahoma.
  • In his last match, an emphatic Kerner picked up a critical point, defeating Tulsa's Daniel Santos 6-1, 6-4.

Previewing the Weekend

  • Two top-20 squads enter the Goodfriend Tennis Center this weekend in what will be two highly-contested matches.
  • On Friday night, No. 14 Tennessee welcomes the No. 13 Blue Devils of Duke University. Duke comes into the match with a record of 4-2, including an early season stumble against Elon University and former Vol-turned-assistant coach John Collins.
  • Tennessee is 11-8 all time vs. the Durham, N.C., school, but lost last season on the road, 4-1. The last time Duke came to Knoxville, UT slipped in 2012, dropping the match 6-1. UT's last win was the season before in 2011, when John-Patrick Smith and company gave the Big Orange a 4-2 win at the 2011 ITA National Indoor Championships in Seattle.
  • Two days later, No. 19 Wake Forest comes to Knoxville. The young Demon Deacons (5-1) lost in the ITA Kick-off Weekend to Texas, but has already defeated LSU and ETSU. Sophomores Romain Bogaerts and Pedro Dumonts are both Mississippi State transfers.
  • The Vols have beaten WFU three times since 2010 (and are 11-1 all time), including two tight 4-3 victories in Winston-Salem in 2010 and 2013.





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