The 12th-ranked Tennessee men’s tennis team looks to establish itself as one of the top teams in the Southeastern Conference this weekend when it travels to 25th-ranked Auburn and 24th-ranked Alabama.
“This is a great opportunity for our program,” head coach Sam Winterbotham said. “Alabama and Auburn are two great teams and will present a good test for us. Our guys will have to maintain their focus throughout the match to win.”
This weekend will go a long way toward establishing seeding for the upcoming SEC tournament. Currently, both Tennessee (15-2, 4-2 SEC) and Alabama are tied with 4-2 records in conference play. Auburn is 3-3 in SEC play. Georgia (6-0) and Florida (5-1) are the only teams with a better conference record then 4-2.
Auburn (9-7, 3-3 SEC) led by 35th-ranked junior Alexey Tsyrenov who is 10-3 this season at the No. 1 singles position and 114th-ranked freshman Tim Puetz who is 8-3 at the No. 2 position. The Tigers have yet to win a match this season when they did not win the doubles point (0-5). The match at the Yarbrough Tennis Complex is scheduled to begin Friday at 6 p.m. ET.
Alabama (14-6, 4-2 SEC) is led by No. 88 Mat Thibaudeau and Sammy Struyf in singles. Both players have posted a 4-1 conference record this season. In doubles, Thibaudeau and Daniel Buikema are currently on a winning streak of 10 matches. The 12th-ranked team is 24-8 overall and remains undefeated in conference action at 5-0. The match against Alabama is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ET at the UA Varsity Courts.
Live scoring for all matches can be found at UTsports.com.