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M TENNIS: #13 Vols vs. #17 MSU

March 8, 2014


 

#13 TENNESSEE vs. #17 MISSISSIPPI STATE
Sunday, March 9 | 1 p.m. ET
Barksdale Stadium | Knoxville, Tenn.

EIGHT DAYS, FOUR MATCHES

• The Vols are midway through one of the busiest stretches of their season, playing their third and fourth home matches in an eight-day period
• UT lost to Georgia 4-0 on Sunday and rebounded with a 4-1 win over Georgia Tech two days later.
• Both matches featured a different lineup for UT, with sophomore Bartosz Sawicki playing in singles and doubles

LAST YEAR VS. THE MAGNOLIA STATE

• UT traveled to Mississippi and Mississippi State last season with a split result to drop to 1-2 to open conference play
• The Vols beat Mississippi State 4-2 to start the weekend and then lost to Ole Miss 4-2 two days later
• Tennessee won the doubles point in both matches

ROUND 5

• If the projected lineups hold, Libietis is scheduled to face Mississippi's Nik Scholtz for the fifth time at No. 1 singles
• The series between the two is tied 2-2.
• The Vols and Mississippi have faced four times in the last two years (1-3) with Libietis and Scholtz going 1-1 against each other in both 2012 and 2013.
• Here are the previous results:
Match 1: 1/30/12 - Libietis def. Scholtz, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
Match 2: 3/9/12 - Scholtz def. Libietis, 6-2, 6-4
Match 3: 2/16/13 - Scholtz def. Libietis, 7-5, 6-4
Match 4: 3/10/13 - Libietis def. Scholtz, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3

DOUBLES VERSATILITY

• With his 8-1 win with Bartosz Sawicki on Tuesday against Georgia Tech, senior Jarryd Chaplin has now recorded doubles victories with nine different teammates in his career
• Chaplin has logged wins with Brandon Fickey (18), Mikelis Libietis (16), Edward Jones (15), Peter Nagovnak (6), Taylor Patrick (3), John-Patrick Smith (3), Rhyne Williams (3), Markus Kerner (1) and Sawicki (1).
• Chaplin has 66 doubles wins in his career, 12 so far this season.

DOUBLES WIN NO. 81

• On Tuesday, juniors Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese logged their 81st career doubles victories, 60 of which have come with each other. By coincidence, both Vols have picked up 21 wins with other teammates over the seasons.
• Both Vols are close to the top-10 UT individual list in doubles. Ben Rogers (2004-07) is ranked 10th with 86 wins
• Libietis and Reese, ranked second nationally, are 23-3 together this season and are just one win away from their season best as a team


 

 

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