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MATCH CENTRAL: Vols vs. Mississippi State



March 10, 2012


#19 TENNESSEE vs. #12 MISSISSIPPI STATE
Sunday, March 11 | 1 p.m. ET
Barksdale Stadium | Knoxville
Projected Lineups
TENNESSEE
Singles
MISSISSIPPI STATE
Fr. // Priekuli, Latvia
» Record: 16-6 (2-1 SEC)
» Ranking: 36
1
Artem Ilyushin
Sr. // Granite Bay, Calif.
» Record: 9-2 (3-0 SEC)
» Ranking: 27
Libietis is at a career-best No. 36 in the national rankings and had a four-match winning streak snapped on Friday ... Looking for first career top-30 victory ... Ilyushin took the fall semester off to play ITF Futures events
RS-Fr. // Kennesaw, Ga.
» Record: 12-9 (2-1 SEC)
» Ranking: 95
2
James Chaudry
Jr. // Southampton, England
» Record: 13-9 (1-2 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
Reese had a four-match winning streak snapped on Friday when playing at the No. 2 position for the first time in his career ...
Fr. // Knoxville, Tenn.
» Record: 13-13 (1-2 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
3
Malte Stropp
Soph. // Dusseldorf, Germany
» Record: 18-7 (2-1 SEC)
» Ranking: 48
Fickey is playing at the No. 3 position for the first weekend in his career, having played the rest of his matches on court 2 ... Snapped an eight-match losing streak on Friday, beating No. 48 Jonas Lutjen 2-6, 7-6, [13-11] ... Stropp the SEC Freshman of the Year last season
Soph. // Sydney, Australia
» Record: 12-13 (1-2 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
4
Louis Cant
Sr. // Brugge, Belgium
» Record: 18-5 (2-1)
» Ranking: 37
Chaplin lost in straight sets to No. 49 Williams Kallberg on Friday ... Sophomore has won 3 of his last 5 matches ... Played doubles against Mississippi State last year, one of four SEC matches he played in as a freshman.
Jr. // Carmarthen, Wales
» Record: 13-12 (2-1 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
5
George Coupland
Sr. // Hatfield, England
» Record: 18-5 (3-0 SEC)
» Ranking: 41
Jones had a career-best five-match losing streak snapped against Mississippi on Friday ... Jones celebrated 22nd birthday on Saturday
Jr. // Knoxville, Tenn.
» Record: 5-13 (0-3 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
6
Zach White
Soph. // Niagara Falls, Canada
» Record: 11-9 (1-2 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
Patrick has started the SEC season 0-3 and is looking for the first conference win of his career ... Vols have had three different players on court 6 this season, including Peter Nagovnak and Bryan Swartz.
TENNESSEE
Doubles
MISSISSIPPI STATE
M. Libietis / H. Reese
» Record: 17-4 (3-0 SEC)
» Ranking: 17
1
L. Cant / M. Stropp
» Record: 16-9 (3-0)
» Ranking: 23
Libietis and Reese enter Sunday on a 6-match winning streak that includes a win against a top-10 team ... Freshman duo is 11-2 in dual matches at the No. 1 position this season with six ranked wins ... Libietis recorded 20th career doubles win.
J. Chaplin / B. Fickey
» Record: 3-3 (1-2 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
2
G. Coupland / A. Ilyushin
» Record:7-3 (1-2)
» Ranking: N/R
Chaplin and Fickey, a new team, evened their record at 1-2 in SEC with a deciding win against South Carolina ... Vols have two fairly new doubles teams on courts 2 and 3.
E. Jones / B. Swartz
» Record: 2-1 (1-1 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
3
J. Chaudry / E. Wilkinson
» Record:3-5 (0-2)
» Ranking: N/R
Jones is back at the No. 3 doubles position, a place where he was won 32 matches over his career ... Swartz has returned to the doubles lineup as a regular for the first time since his freshman season ... They won their first SEC match Friday ... White played instead of Chaudry on Friday.
ONE WILL BE THE BLUE GRAY CHAMP
  • In addition to playing a critical SEC match, the Vols (8-8, 1-2) and Mississippi State (11-3, 2-1) will be vying for the tournament title of the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic. Both teams went 3-0 in round robin play at the Blue Gray in Montgomery, Ala., two weeks ago.
  • Tennessee last won the prestigious Blue Gray title in 2009. Tournament officials will be on hand.
  • Last matches: Tennessee lost 5-2 to Mississippi; Mississippi State lost 4-3 to Georgia.
  • Up next: the Vols take a week off SEC play next weekend, hosting Baylor on Saturday at 2 p.m.

 

 

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