The eighth-ranked Tennessee men???s tennis team hosts 30th-ranked Vanderbilt and 37th-ranked Kentucky this weekend at the UT Outdoor Varsity Courts. The Vols (17-2, 6-2 SEC) are currently in a tie for second-place in the conference and are looking to improve their seed for the season-ending SEC tournament.
???We???re excited to get two SEC matches at home,??? head coach Sam Winterbotham said. ???It???s good to get a whole week of practice and not have to worry about traveling. I think the guys have done a good job this week on working on their tennis and concentrating on their academics. It???s important that we have everything done in the classroom so that the guys can go out this weekend and win these matches.???
Tennessee is currently tied with Florida and Ole Miss with a 6-2 mark in conference play. Georgia is undefeated in SEC play and can clinch at least a share of the regular season championship with a win on Friday against Kentucky. A UT win on Friday over Vanderbilt clinches UT a bye into the quarterfinals. The Vols host third-ranked Georgia on April 12 at 2 p.m. ET.
Vanderbilt (11-6, 3-5 SEC) heads to Knoxville looking for a signature victory to help ensure its NCAA tournament hopes. The Commodores are led by senior Ryan Preston, ranked 55th in the ITA singles rankings and sophomore Vijay Paul, ranked 106th. All three of Vanderbilt???s SEC wins this season have been by the score of 4-3.
UT defeated Vanderbilt, 6-1, last season in Nashville and leads the all-time series 48-11 over the Commodores. Friday???s match against Vanderbilt is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ET.
Kentucky (10-11, 3-5 SEC) is led by 19th-ranked Bruno Agostinelli. The UK junior has won six consecutive matches, four of which have been over ranked opponents. UT defeated Kentucky earlier this season, 6-1, in Lexington. The Vols lead the overall series with Kentucky, 42-35. Sunday???s match against Kentucky is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET.
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