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M TENNIS CENTRAL: #9 Vols vs. #13 Vandy

March 23, 2013


#6 TENNESSEE vs. #13 VANDERBILT
Sunday, March 24 | 2 p.m. ET
Barksdale Stadium | Knoxville, Tenn.

SEC Projected Lineups
TENNESSEE
Singles
VANDERBILT
So. // Priekuli, Latvia
» Record: 29-4 (4-0)
» Ranking: 6
1
Ryan Lipman
RS Jr. // Nashville, Tenn.
» Record: 25-6 (5-1)
» Ranking: 25
At a career-best ranking of No. 6, third-highest ranked player in the Winterbotham era ... Has a 14-1 record in dual matches and has 11 ranked wins ... Clinched Vols' 4-1 win over Kentucky ... Last Meeting: Lipman def. Libietis 6-3, 6-4 in the Ohio Valley Regional finals in October.
RS-So. // Kennesaw, Ga.
» Record: 25-6 (4-2)
» Ranking: 29
2
Gonzales Austin
So. // Miami, Fla.
» Record: 18-10 (2-4)
» Ranking: 41
Reese in his second year at the No. 2 spot, went 6-5 last year in SEC play ... Ten ranked wins this year ... Last Meeting: Reese def. Austin 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 in their SEC meeting last year
Soph. // Knoxville, Tenn.
» Record: 22-10 (0-4)
» Ranking: 115
3
Jeff Offerdahl
So. // Austin, Texas
» Record: 9-12 (3-3)
» Ranking: N/R
Fickey is back at the No. 3 position, where he played the SEC season last year (4-7) ... on a fourth-match losing streak ... First of three Vols to reach 20 singles/20 doubles wins this year
Jr. // Sydney, Aust.
» Record: 14-8 (3-2)
» Ranking: N/R
4
Marc van der Merwe
Fr. // Stellenbosch, South Africa
» Record: 10-7 (1-5)
» Ranking: N/R
Chaplin playing at No. 4, where he played last year in SEC play (6-5) ... Won 18 matches last year ... Earned a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Kentucky's Minc on Friday en route to 4-1 team win
Sr. // Carmarthen, Wales
» Record: 14-13 (1-4)
» Ranking: N/R
5
Kris Yee
Fr. // Las Vegas, Nev.
» Record: 21-4 (5-0)
» Ranking: N/R
Played No. 5 last year in SEC play, going a team-leading 7-4 ... He's 12-12 in SEC singles matches in his career ... Jones won his last completed match against Florida last week.
Sr. // Bowie, MD.
» Record: 18-9 (2-2)
» Ranking: N/R
6
Rhys Johnson
Fr. // Perth, Australia
» Record: 8-12 (2-2)
» Ranking: N/R
Collins is the slotted starter against Vanderbilt, but fellow senior Taylor Patrick started in his place on Friday ... Patrick is 18-9 this year, 5-2 in dual matches ... Collins has won 2 of his last 3 SEC matches
TENNESSEE
Doubles
VANDERBILT
M. Libietis / H. Reese
» Record: 5-0 (5-0)
» Ranking: 17
1
R. Lipman / M. van der Merwe
» Record: 5-7 (2-3)
» Ranking: N/R
Libietis and Reese, the Vols' No. 1 team from 2012, have played together since the start of March and already ranked 17th nationally ... Have three top-25 wins already ... Went 7-4 in SEC play last year.
B. Fickey / J. Chaplin
» Record: 5-1 (4-1)
» Ranking: N/R
2
G. Austin/S. Eswaran
» Record: 9-5 (3-3)
» Ranking: N/R
Fickey and Chaplin are off to a 5-1 start together ... Played some together at the No. 2 position last year (3-4) ... Moved up to the No. 2 position this week, where they clinched the doubles point against Vandy
J. Collins / E. Jones
» Record: 9-9 (0-4)
» Ranking: 61
3
J. Offerdahl/R. Johnson
» Record: 9-2 (3-1)
» Ranking: N/R
Jones and Collins have been ranked as high as 34th nationally, but have yet to win an SEC match and have been moved from 2 to 3 in the lineup ... On Friday, Jones played with Patrick at the No. 3 spot vs. Kentucky

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