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M TENNIS: Vols at Auburn



TENNESSEE vs. AUBURN
Friday, April 11 | 6 p.m. ET
Yarbrough Tennis Center | Auburn, Ala.
Player of the Week Again
Mikelis Libietis earned his second SEC Player of the Week honor this week, the first being the week of Feb. 9.
• Libietis shared the honors with Texas A&M's Jordan Szabo and Georgia's Garrett Brasseaux.
• The junior from Priekuli, Latvia, earned this honor after an impressive 4-0 weekend against LSU and Arkansas, both resulting in Vol victories.
• Libietis swept a pair of straight-set singles matches on court two, as well as a pair of doubles matches with partner Hunter Reese.

Friday Night Tennis on the Plains
• The match against No. 29 Auburn will pit the Vols in quite the hostile environment, but UT has a good history against AU. Tennessee has won eight straight in the series, including a 4-0 sweep in Knoxville last season.
• The last time UT lost to Auburn was the year before current head coach Sam Winterbotham arrived in Knoxville.
• Daniel Cochrane (No. 61) comes in as the highest-ranked player for the Tigers. Last season, he played an unfinished match against Hunter Reese.

UT v. Bama
• No introduction needed....whenever Tennessee and Alabama get together, it will be a tough battle. No. 33 Alabama is 2-8 vs. UT in its last 10 meetings, but one of those wins came the last time UT came to Tuscaloosa--6-1 victory in 2012 (UT got revenge in the SEC tournament two matches later)
• The last time these two squads met, Tennessee's three seniors sparked the 4-1 victory to start the final home weekend of last year's regular season.
• If the lineups hold to form, Hunter Reese will face Daniil Proskura in a rematch dating back to the SEC tournament in 2012. Reese swept Proskura 6-1, 6-4 to help UT defeat UA, 4-1 in the first round. The two play an unfinished match in Knoxville last season.


 

 

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