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MATCH CENTRAL: Vols vs. Vanderbilt



March 29, 2012


TENNESSEE vs. VANDERBILT
Friday, March 30 | 3 p.m. ET
Barksdale Stadium | Knoxville, Tenn.
Projected Lineups
TENNESSEE
Singles
VANDERBILT
Fr. // Priekuli, Latvia
» Record: 17-9 (3-3 SEC)
» Ranking: 42
1
Charlie Jones
Sr. // Destrehan, La.
» Record: 21-8 (4-2 SEC)
» Ranking: 47
Libietis one of two freshman in the SEC playing No. 1 singles & the only one playing both No. 1 singles & doubles ... Freshman Vol is 9-7 on court 1 this year and has faced ranked opponents in his last 12 completed matches.
RS-Fr. // Kennesaw, Ga.
» Record: 14-11 (3-3 SEC)
» Ranking: 92
2
Gonzales Austin
Fr. // Miami, Fla.
» Record: 19-9 (5-1 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
Reese won his first match at the No. 2 position last week against Arkansas, beating Lehmann 6-2, 6-2 to be the first Vol off the court ... Returned to the ITA national singles rankings at No. 92.
Fr. // Knoxville, Tenn.
» Record: 16-14 (3-3 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
3
Blake Bazarnik
Soph. // Kildeer, Ill.
» Record: 4-17 (1-5 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
Fickey has gone 4-1 -- including 3-1 in the SEC -- since moving down to the No. 3 singles position ... Two SEC wins came against ranked opponents (No. 48 Lutjen of Ole Miss; No. 75 Malte Stropp of Mississippi State) ... Clinched match against Arkansas with a 3-set win against Walters.
Soph. // Sydney, Australia
» Record: 15-14 (4-2 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
4
Jeff Offerdahl
Fr. // Austin, Texas
» Record: 18-9 (3-1 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
Chaplin clinched the Vols' 4-3 victory over LSU, beat Szacinski 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 with the match tied up at 3-3 ... Followed that with a 3-setter against Arkansas' Jeske ... Has played all but one match this year on court 4.
Jr. // Carmarthen, Wales
» Record: 17-12 (5-1 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
5
Anton Kovrigin
Fr. // Rockville, Md.
» Record: 6-11 (2-4 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
Jones has been on a hot streak of late, having won 9 of 10 matches ... All but one of those matches has been played outdoors ... Vol is 28-16 in career dual matches.
Fr. // Kraubath, Austria
» Record: 7-8 (0-1 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
6
Joe Dorn
Fr. // Washington, D.C.
» Record: 11-14 (2-4 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
Three Vols have played No. 6 singles for Tennessee this season ... Bryan Swartz recorded the team's first win there during SEC play, beating Arkansas' Parlic 6-3, 6-3 ... Taylor Patrick has seen the most time on court 6.
TENNESSEE
Doubles
VANDERBILT
M. Libietis / H. Reese
» Record: 20-5 (5-1 SEC)
» Ranking: 8
1
G. Austin / A. DiValerio
» Record: 2-0 (0-0 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
Libietis and Reese had their 9-match winning streak snapped at Arkansas on Sunday ... Still 5-1 in SEC play this spring, the best record in the conference at the No. 1 position ... Freshman duo highest ranked in SEC at No. 8.
J. Chaplin / E. Jones
» Record: 3-1 (2-0 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
2
B. Bazarnik / J. Offerdahl
» Record: 2-1 (1-0 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
Chaplin and Jones have been unbeaten in dual matches this spring with a 3-0 record the last three matches ... Earned an 8-1 victory against Arkansas' Zogaj and Lehmann on Sunday ... Jones has 59 career doubles wins.
B. Fickey / B. Swartz
» Record: 4-2 (0-2 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
3
C. Jones / J. Dorn
» Record: 1-1 (0-0 SEC)
» Ranking: N/R
Fickey and Swartz are back together again, this time at the No. 3 position ... Pair won the third flight of the Tennessee Fall Invitational in September ... Swartz has been back in the doubles lineup since the start of the outdoor season.
PAST HALFWAY
  • With a 3-3 conference record, Tennessee is more than halfway through its 11-match conference schedule. The Vols jumped up to 16th nationally thanks to a 3-match winning streak. Vanderbilt is 7-9 overall and 2-4 in the SEC.
  • Freshman Battle: Without a double, Tennessee and Vanderbilt have the most youth on their team match in, match out. With injuries sidelining Vandy star Ryan Lipman this year, Vanderbilt has regularly started 4 freshman. The Vols start three atop the lineup and possibly a fourth on court 6.
  • Doubles History: It's tough to research, but Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese came in at No. 8 in the doubles rankings last week 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.
  • A look at court 2: In the only freshman vs. freshman matchup, Hunter Reese will be taking on Gonzales Austin, who is 5-1 in SEC play. Reese is back in the national rankings this week at No. 92 & has won 2 of 3.
  • Up next: The Vols host ninth-ranked Kentucky on Sunday at 1 p.m. As part of the USTA Kids' Campus Kids Day, the first 50 children 12 and under will receive a Tennessee tennis T-shirt and an autographed team poster.


 

 

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