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MATCH CENTRAL: #19 Vols vs. #16 Ole Miss



March 8, 2012


TENNESSEE vs. OLE MISS
Friday, March 9 | 1 p.m. ET
Barksdale Stadium | Knoxville
Projected Lineups
TENNESSEE
Singles
OLE MISS
Fr. // Priekuli, Latvia
» Record: 16-5 (2-0 SEC)
» Ranking: 36
1
Nik Scholtz
RS-Fr. // Caledon, South Africa
» Record: 10-2 (2-0 SEC)
» Ranking: 55
Libietis is at a career-best No. 36 in the national rankings and on a four-match winning streak, all coming against ranked opponents ... a second clash between the SEC's top freshmen ... Scholtz def. former No. 1 player Alex Domijan of Virginia on Wednesday ... Last Meeting: Libietis def. Scholtz 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
RS-Fr. // Kennesaw, Ga.
» Record: 12-8 (2-0 SEC)
» Ranking: 95
2
Marcel Thiemann
Sr. // Lehrte, Germany.
» Record: 10-6 (1-1 SEC)
» Ranking: 46
Reese is on a career-best four-match winning streak and has moved up to the No. 2 position for the first time in his career ... First Vol off court with wins against Florida and South Carolina in SEC debut on the road ... Won deciding match vs. Ole Miss on Jan. 30.
Fr. // Knoxville, Tenn.
» Record: 12-13 (0-2 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
3
Jonas Lutjen
Jr. // Schessel, Germany
» Record: 14-6 (2-0 SEC)
» Ranking: 48
Fickey is playing at the No. 3 position for the first time in his career, having played the rest of his matches on court 2 ... he is 4-8 in dual matches and four of those loses have come against opponents ranked in the top 30.
Soph. // Sydney, Australia
» Record: 12-12 (1-1 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
4
William Kallberg
Fr. // Stockholm, Sweden
» Record: 7-5 (1-1 SEC)
» Ranking: 49
Chaplin clinched the Vols' road win against South Carolina and has won 3 of his last 4 ... Aussie sophomore has started all but one match on court 4 ... Last Meeting: Chaplin def. Kallberg 6-3, 6-4.
Jr. // Carmarthen, Wales
» Record: 13-11 (2-0 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
5
Chris Thiemann
Sr. // Lehrte, Germany
» Record: 8-7 (1-1 SEC)
» Ranking: 97
Jones is riding a 5-match winning streak after starting the SEC season 2-0 ... Also won all three matches at the Blue Gray Championships ... Winterbotham on Jones: "He's playing the best tennis of his career" ... Last Meeting: Thiemann def. Jones 7-6 (5), 6-1 ... Jones sprained ankle when serving up 5-4 in the first set of that match.
Jr. // Knoxville, Tenn.
» Record: 5-12 (0-2 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
6
Johan Backstrom
Soph. // Uppsala, Sweden
» Record: 13-6 (2-0 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
Patrick has started the SEC season 0-2 and is looking for the first conference win of his career ... Knoxville native rallied for force three sets against South Carolina's Pinheiro last week ... Last Meeting: Backstrom def. Patrick 2-6, 6-4, 6-0.
TENNESSEE
Doubles
OLE MISS
M. Libietis / H. Reese
» Record: 16-4 (2-0 SEC)
» Ranking: 17
1
M. Thiemann / C. Thiemann
» Record: 9-2 (2-0 SEC)
» Ranking: 19
Libietis and Reese enter Friday on a 5-match winning streak that includes a win against a top-10 team ... Freshman duo is 10-2 in dual matches at the No. 1 position this season with six ranked wins ... Last Meeting: Libietis/Reese def. Thiemann/Thiemann, 8-3
J. Chaplin / B. Fickey
» Record: 3-2 (1-1 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
2
J. Lutjen / N. Scholtz
» Record: 6-2 (2-0 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
Chaplin and Fickey, a new team, evened their record at 1-1 in SEC with a deciding win against South Carolina ... Ole Miss features same doubles team as the last meeting.
E. Jones / B. Swartz
» Record: 1-1 (0-1 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
3
J. Backstrom / W. Kallberg
» Record: 6-4 (1-1 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
Jones is back at the No. 3 doubles position, a place where he was won 31 matches over his career ... Swartz has returned to the doubles lineup as a regular for the first time since his freshman season ... Vols were up a break against South Carolina when match was suspended.
WE MEET AGAIN
  • The Vols and Mississippi are playing for a second time this season in Knoxville. The Vols rallied for a 4-3 victory against Ole Miss indoors in the final match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend with Hunter Reese providing the clincher on court 3.
  • Tennessee is back home for the first time since Feb. 11, a 6-1 loss to Duke indoors. The Vols should be playing their first outdoor home match Friday at Barksdale Stadium.
  • Libietis has won four consecutive matches at the No. 1 singles position and has collected SEC Freshman of the Week honors a Tennessee-record three times already with six weeks to go in the regular season.
  • When Tennessee plays Mississippi State on Sunday, the match will count as the final of the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic.


 

 

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