KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee men's tennis team concludes the regular season this weekend with a doubleheader Thursday and a match Saturday at LSU.
On Thursday, the Vols (9-13, 1-9 SEC) host Alabama (10-15, 2-9) at noon and Charlotte (10-11) at 5 p.m. at Barksdale Stadium. Note the Alabama time is an hour earlier than previously scheduled.
Tennessee wraps up the regular season at LSU on Saturday at 1 p.m.
While Thursday marks the final regular-season matches at Barksdale Stadium, the Vols will be back to host the SEC Championships from April 26-30.
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1. #71 Valero/Stodder
1. #27 Mazen Osama
2. #97 Thiebault Cancel
3. Alexey Nesterov
4. Edson Ortiz
5. Zhe Zhou
6. Spencer Richey
1. Constandinos Christoforou
2. Sam Rice
3. Alejandro Garcia Moreno
4. Oriol Puig Forne
5. Jensen Martin
6. Josh Aubrey
1. Puig Forne/Garcia Moreno
THE GREAT(ER) OUTDOORS
- Barksdale Stadium, the Vols' outdoor tennis courts since 1976, has undergone its most extensive renovations in 30 years in preparation for hosting the SEC championships later this season.
- The courts have been completely resurfaced (now in Smokey grey) and a new lighting system has been installed, which will once again allow for night matches.
- The main entry pavilion is undergoing upgrades and courtside spectator viewing has been added along courts 5 and 6.
STODDER MOVING UP
- Timo Stodder moved back up five spots in the national singles rankings to No. 35, on shy of his career best.
- Stodder is looking to secure a spot in the NCAA singles championship in May, which would be his first national college tournament. The cutoff of at-large bids is in the mid-40s.
- He leads the Vols this season with a 22-13 record and is scheduled to face a pair of top-50 opponents this weekend at the top of the lineup, starting with No. 27 Mazen Osama.
- Seniors Jack Schipanski and Sunay Bhat were honored Sunday against Florida.
- Schipanski, a finance major from Adelaide, Australia, is in his third year starting for the Vols. He reached three national doubles tournaments with Luis Valero; they reached the second round of the NCAA championships last season and won the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships.
- Bhat, an electrical engineering major, is a three-time ITA Scholar Athlete and won his first career SEC doubles match earlier this spring.