KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Volunteers resume SEC play Sunday, hosting Georgia at 1 p.m. Eastern at Barksdale Stadium.
The Vols (9-7, 1-3 SEC) are coming off a 4-3 comeback victory over Ole Miss last week. Georgia (8-6, 4-0), ranked 12th nationally, lost 4-3 to top-ranked Wake Forest on Friday in a match that came down to the wire at home.
At 12:30 p.m., Tennessee will be hosting the first of six kids clinics prior to men's and women's matches this season. The event starts at 12:30 p.m. For more information, email Chris Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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1. #86 Timo Stodder vs. #26 Wayne Montgomery
2. Luis Valero vs. #46 Emil Reinberg
3. Scott Jones vs. #99 Nathan Ponwith
4. Srdjan Jakovljevic vs. Walker Duncan
5. Jack Schipanski vs. Jan Zielinski
6. Luca Wiedenmann vs. Robert Loeb
1. #23 Valero/Schipanski vs. #30 Zielinski/Loeb
2. #45 Stodder/Jones vs. #60 Ponwith/Reinberg
3. Jakovljevic/Bhat vs. Montgomery/Duncan
- Sophomore Timo Stodder put together his best singles play of his Tennessee career last weekend, defeating No. 6-ranked Mike Redlicki of Arkansas 6-4, 6-2 and No. 39 Gustav Hansson of Ole Miss 7-6, 7-5.
- The wins should lead to a big boost in the rankings on Tuesday for Stodder, who is ranked No. 86 during this period.
- Stodder is a team-leading 20-9 this season and 2-1 in conference play at the top of the lineup. It is his first career 20-win season after recording 15 wins as a freshman.
- The Vols have gotten a big spark this season in the middle of the lineup from freshman Scott Jones on court 3 and sophomore Srdjan Jakovljevic on court 4. Both have started SEC play with a 3-1 record.
- Jakovljevic went a team-leading 8-4 in conference play on courts 3 and 4. He is fast-approaching his 20th win of the season, entering the weekend 18-13.
- Jones started the year on court 5 but has worked his way up to court 3, where he has a 6-2 record. He is a team-leading 10-4 in dual matches this season and is 17-10 overall.
THE GREAT(ER) OUTDOORS
- Barksdale Stadium, the Vols' outdoor tennis courts since 1976, has undergone its most extensive renovations in 30 years in preparation for hosting the SEC championships later this season.
- The courts have been completely resurfaced (now in Smokey grey) and a new lighting system has been installed, which will once again allow for night matches.
- The main entry pavilion is undergoing upgrades and courtside spectator viewing has been added along courts 5 and 6.