April 9, 2009
The fourth-ranked Tennessee men's tennis hits the road to face Kentucky and Vanderbilt this weekend as the end of the regular season rapidly approaches. UT (18-3, 7-1 SEC) is currently tied with Georgia for first place in the SEC East and needs just one more victory to clinch a first round bye in the SEC Tournament.
The Vols have been very tough on the road in the SEC under head coach Sam Winterbotham. UT has a record of 9-4 on the road in conference play. Overall, Tennessee is 21-9 away from Knoxville since Winterbotham took over.
The Big Orange will be looking for some revenge on Friday when they face 14th-ranked Kentucky (14-8, 4-4 SEC). The Vols fell to the Wildcats, 4-2, Feb. 21 in a non-conference match at the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center. Kentucky won the doubles point and clinched the match when the nation's fifth-ranked netter Bruno Agostinelli won a three-set thriller over UT's John-Patrick Smith at No. 1.
Friday's rematch is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. in Lexington.
The Vols have played much better in doubles since the Kentucky match. In UT's current 10-match win streak, the Big Orange have captured the doubles point nine times. UT is 14-0 this season when it takes a 1-0 lead into singles.
Tennessee finishes its road trip Sunday at Vanderbilt. The Commodores (5-13, 1-7 SEC) are one of the youngest teams in the nation with only one senior on its roster. The Vols and Vanderbilt are scheduled to faceoff Sunday at 2 p.m.
A link to live scoring for both matches can be found at UTsports.com.