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ITA NATIONAL INDOORS: #3 UCLA

Feb. 14, 2013


#14 TENNESSEE vs. #3 UCLA
Friday, February 15 | 11 a.m. ET
Nordstrom Tennis Center | Seattle, Wash.
Projected Lineups
TENNESSEE
Singles
UCLA
So. // Priekuli, Latvia
» Record: 22-3
» Ranking: 11
1
Denis Novikov
So. // San Jose, Calif.
» Record: 10-5
» Ranking: 58
Libietis is in his second season playing No. 1 singles and doubles ... Holds a 8-0 dual match record ... 22 wins is already more than he had his entire freshman season (21) ... Has six wins against ranked opponents this year.
RS-So. // Kennesaw, Ga.
» Record: 20-3
» Ranking: 26
2
Marcos Giron
So. // Thousand Oaks, Calif.
» Record: 18-4
» Ranking: 13
Reese in his second year at the No. 2 spot ... Riding a career-best 12-match winning streak, best of any current Vol ... Picked up sixth ranked win of season last week against Wake Forest ... 20 wins matches freshman total.
Jr. // Sydney, Aust.
» Record: 11-5
» Ranking: N/R
3
Adrien Puget
Jr. // Le Hailan, France
» Record: 9-2
» Ranking: 42
Chaplin had four-match winning streak snapped last week against Wake Forest ... Playing first season at No. 3 position after primarily playing 4 last year ... Made his career dual match debut in this tournament in Seattle in 2011.
Soph. // Knoxville, Tenn.
» Record: 20-5
» Ranking: 87
4
Dennis Mkrtchian
So. // Resida, Calif.
» Record: 14-6
» Ranking: 55
Fickey is on a career-best 10-match winning streak ... Came from behind to clinch the Vols' road win at Wake Forest on Sunday ... Nationally ranked for the first time at No. 87, giving the Vols three ranking players for the first time since 2011.
Sr. // Bowie, MD.
» Record: 15-6
» Ranking: N/R
5
Clay Thompson
Jr. // Venice Beach, Calif.
» Record: 6-1
» Ranking: N/R
Collins is 5-3 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: 12-7
» Ranking: N/R
6
Karue Sell
Fr. // Jaragua do Sul, Brazil
» Record: 11-5
» 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 ... Had his five-match winning streak snapped last week ... Has won at least 20 matches the last two seasons.
TENNESSEE
Doubles
UCLA
J. Chaplin / M. Libietis
» Record: 13-2
» Ranking: 26
1
M. Giron / D. Novikov
» Record: 7-2
» Ranking: N/R
Libietis is back at No. 1 doubles, this year with Chaplin ... They are 9-1 so far in dual matches and reached the quarterfinals of the ITA All-American ... They are 16-2 in their careers together with two ranked wins.
J. Collins / E. Jones
» Record: 6-4
» Ranking: N/R
2
A. Puget / K. Sell
» Record: 7-1
» Ranking: N/R
Collins and Jones are the most veteran doubles players on the team, Collins with 75 doubles wins and Jones with 80 ... 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: 13-0
» Ranking: N/R
3
D. Mkrtchian / C. Thompson
» Record: 3-1
» Ranking: N/R
Fickey and Reese, playing their first collegiate season together, already have 10 dual match wins between the 2 and 3 positions ... They have routinely been the Vols' first team off court in doubles.
THE RETURN TO NATIONAL INDOORS
  • The 14th-ranked Vols (11-1) are making their fifth consecutive trip to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships and are set to take on UCLA for the fourth year in a row.
  • UCLA won the last meeting 4-0 at National Indoors in Virginia. The Vols won the previous two meeting en route to the finals in 2010 and 2011.
  • Washington's Nordstrom Tennis Center was the site of Jarryd Chaplin's career dual match debut for the Vols in 2011. Replacing an ill Tennys Sandgren, Chaplin helped the Vols reach the finals of the National Indoors in 2011.

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