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MATCH CENTRAL: Vols vs. Baylor



March 16, 2012



TENNESSEE vs. BAYLOR
Saturday, March 17 | 1 p.m. ET
Barksdale Stadium | Knoxville
Projected Lineups
TENNESSEE
Singles
BAYLOR
Fr. // Priekuli, Latvia
» Record: 16-7
» Ranking: 51
1
Mate Zsiga
Fr. // Szeged, Hungary
» Record: 25-4
» Ranking: 33
Libietis fell from No. 36 to 51 in the most recent ITA rankings ... Freshman Vol is 8-6 on court 1 this year and has faced ranked opponents in his nine last completed matches ... Both Libietis & Zsiga play No. 1 singles & doubles as freshmen
RS-Fr. // Kennesaw, Ga.
» Record: 12-10
» Ranking: N/R
2
Roberto Maytin
Jr. // Valencia, Venezuela
» Record: 18-10
» Ranking: 82
Reese lost his first two matches playing at the No. 2 position ... Has played primarily on court 3, rounding out the Vols' freshman trio atop the lineup ... Has a 3-4 record against ranked opponents this year.
Fr. // Knoxville, Tenn.
» Record: 14-13
» Ranking: N/R
3
Marko Krickovic
Fr. // Ismaning, Germany
» Record: 13-13
» Ranking: N/R
Fickey played last weekend at the No. 3 position for the first time and went 2-0 against Mississippi and Mississippi State, securing the first two ranked wins of his career ... Last three matches have gone three sets.
Soph. // Sydney, Australia
» Record: 13-13
» Ranking: N/R
4
Robert Verzaal
Soph. // Shreveport, La.
» Record: 11-9
» Ranking: N/R
Chaplin collected the first ranked win of his career, beating No. 37 Louis Cant of Mississippi State 6-4, 6-3 ... Has won five of last seven matches ... Has played all but one match this year on court 4.
Jr. // Carmarthen, Wales
» Record: 14-12
» Ranking: N/R
5
Diego Galeano
Fr. // Asuncion, Paraguay
» Record: 6-4
» Ranking: N/R
Jones has been on a hot streak of late, having won six of his last seven matches ... Earned the best ranked win of his career on Sunday, beating No. 41 George Coupland 6-3, 6-4 ... Vol is 26-16 in career dual matches.
Jr. // Knoxville, Tenn.
» Record: 5-14
» Ranking: N/R
6
Kike Grangeiro
Sr. // Brazilia, Brazil
» Record: 11-8
» Ranking: N/R
Patrick has started the SEC season 0-4 ... Vols have had three different players on court 6 this season, including Peter Nagovnak and Bryan Swartz ... One of two Knoxville natives in the lineup (Fickey).
TENNESSEE
Doubles
MISSISSIPPI STATE
M. Libietis / H. Reese
» Record: 18-4
» Ranking: 7
1
R. Maytin / M. Zsiga
» Record: 11-5
» Ranking: 78
Libietis and Reese enter Sunday on a 7-match winning streak that includes a win against a top-10 team ... Freshman duo is 12-2 in dual matches at the No. 1 position this season with seven ranked wins ... Believed to be the Vols' first-ever all-freshman doubles team to reach national top 10 ranking.
J. Chaplin / B. Fickey
» Record: 3-4
» Ranking: N/R
2
M. Krickovic / R. Verzaal
» Record: 7-6
» Ranking: N/R
Vols have played several combinations on courts 2 and 3 ... Chaplin and Fickey are 3-3 in dual matches this year and 3-4 overall.
E. Jones / B. Swartz
» Record: 2-2
» Ranking: N/R
3
J. Bley / K. Grangeiro
» Record:6-5
» 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.
THE FINAL NON-CONFERENCE MATCH
  • Saturday's contest marks the last non-conference match for the Vols (8-9) as all 12 SEC teams take the week off from league play. Baylor (9-6) is in the midst of a three-match road trip that has taken them from UCLA (L, 6-1), Tennessee and Kentucky.
  • Last Time Out: The Vols lost 4-3 to 12th-ranked Mississippi State at home, which also acted the final of the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic. Jarryd Chaplin and Edward Jones picked up top-50 wins, and Brandon Fickey got his second ranked win of the weekend.
  • Doubles History: It's tough to research, but Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese came in at No. 7 in the doubles rankings Tuesday to become what is probably Tennessee's first all-freshman team to enter the national top 10. In the scope of college tennis, a freshman pair even playing -- let alone succeeding -- on court 1 is very rare.
  • Up next: the Vols return to SEC play next Friday by hosting LSU in the finale of a four-match home stretch.

 

 

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