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M TENNIS CENTRAL: #9 Duke



#14 TENNESSEE vs. #9 DUKE
Thursday, February 7 | 6 p.m. ET
Sheffield Tennis Center | Durham, N.C.
Projected Lineups
TENNESSEE
Singles
DUKE
So. // Priekuli, Latvia
» Record: 21-3
» Ranking: 9
1
Henrique Cunha
Sr. // Jaú, Brazil
» Record: 17-3
» Ranking: 11
Libietis is in his second season playing No. 1 singles and doubles ... Holds a 7-0 dual match record ... 21 wins is already more than he had his entire freshman season (21) ... Cunha has held No. 1 national ranking.
RS-So. // Kennesaw, Ga.
» Record: 19-3
» Ranking: 40
2
Fred Saba
Jr. // Fort Lauderdale, Fla
» Record: 15-3
» Ranking: 23
Reese in his second year at the No. 2 spot ... Riding a career-best 11-match winning streak, best of any current Vol ... 6-1 in true road matches last year (1-0 this year) ... Had 20 wins his entire freshman season.
Jr. // Sydney, Aust.
» Record: 11-4
» Ranking: N/R
3
Michael Redlicki
Fr. // Hawthorn Woods, Ill.
» Record: 15-3
» Ranking: 14
Chaplin is on a career-best four-match winning streak after being the first Vol off court in Tennessee's 4-0 victory over Illinois last week ... Played primarily No. 4 singles last year.
Soph. // Knoxville, Tenn.
» Record: 18-5
» Ranking: N/R
4
Chris Mengel
Jr. // Pittsburgh, Pa.
» Record: 15-4
» Ranking: 46
Fickey is on a career-best 8-match winning streak ... In eight of those 16 sets, he has won 6-0 ... Played No. 2 and 3 singles last year as a freshman, finishing with 18 wins ... Has already matched that win total.
Sr. // Bowie, MD.
» Record: 15-4
» Ranking: N/R
5
Raphael Hemmeler
So. // Zurich, Switzerland
» Record: 16-3
» Ranking: 38
Collins is 5-1 to start the dual match season, two of those wins coming at the No. 3 spot ... Played pos. 1-5 in the Maryland lineup his first three years ... Clinched the Vols' two 4-0 victories over Illinois.
Sr. // Carmarthen, Wales
» Record: 12-5
» Ranking: N/R
6
Jason Tahir
Sr. // Rochester, N.Y.
» Record: 12-3
» Ranking: 128
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
DUKE
J. Chaplin / M. Libietis
» Record: 12-1
» Ranking: 26
1
H. Cunha / R. Hemmeler
» Record: 17-1
» Ranking: 1
Libietis is back at No. 1 doubles, this year with Chaplin ... They are 8-0 so far in dual matches and reached the quarterfinals of the ITA All-American ... They are 2-0 against ranking opponents, including 1-0 against the top 10.
J. Collins / E. Jones
» Record: 5-3
» Ranking: N/R
2
J. Tahir / M. Redlicki
» Record: 13-3
» Ranking: 39
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: 11-0
» Ranking: N/R
3
C. Mengel / F. Saba
» Record: 11-2
» Ranking: 37
Fickey and Reese, playing their first collegiate season together, already have nine dual match wins between the 2 and 3 positions ... Their last win against Illinois came in a deciding tiebreaker.
FINAL TEST BEFORE NATIONAL INDOORS
  • The 14th-ranked Vols (10-0) take on No. 9 Duke (6-1) and No. 36 Wake Forest on the road in the last weekend before heading to Seattle for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. It is also the final weekend before new individual statistics are released.
  • Tennessee lost to Duke 6-1 in Knoxville last year. Last time the two teams faced in Durham in 2011, the Vols won 7-0.
  • Duke's one loss this season came on the road to Illinois, a team the Vols have beaten twice this year. The Blue Devils have five players currently ranked in the top 50.

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