April 16, 2014
QUICK SEC NOTESRANKING CLIMBERS
The Vols finished the regular season on a four-match winning streak, winning two at home and two on the road. They ended the year with 4-2 victories at Auburn and Alabama to enter the tournament with a 17-9 record, 6-6 in SEC play.
The wins against Auburn and Alabama propelled UT back into the top 20 at No. 18 in the ITA national team computer rankings. The Vols are less than a point away from 16th in the rankings. The top 16 teams usually host the first two rounds of the NCAA Championships in May.
LAST YEAR IN THE SEC TOURNEY
The Vols reached the finals of the SEC Championships last season in Oxford, Miss. Seeded second, Tennessee beat Vanderbilt 4-1 in the quarterfinals and Florida 4-2 in the semifinals to reach the title match. The Vols lost to Georgia 4-0 in the final.
WINTERBOTHAM & WOODRUFF AT SECs
The Vols have excelled at the SEC Championships. In the first seven years since Sam Winterbotham and Chris Woodruff started coaching together at Tennessee, the Vols have one tournament title and have reached the finals two other times. The Vols hoisted the championship pyramid in 2010 without conceding a team point in three matches. Here's a look at how the team has fared the last six seasons:
Since the SEC tournament took on its current format in 1990, the Vols have won three tournament titles.
PROJECTED MATCHUP: VOLS VS. OLE MISS
(Note: Tennessee names listed first.)
1. #27 Hunter Reese vs. #18 Nik Scholtz
2. #37 Mikelis Libietis vs. Wiliam Kallberg
3. Jarryd Chaplin vs. Stefan Lindmark
4. Brandon Fickey vs. Johan Backstrom
5. Andrew Dromsky vs. Ricardo Jorge
6. Bartosz Sawicki vs. Vinod Gowda
1. #1 Libietis/Reese vs. #51 Kallberg/Lindmark
2. Chaplin/Dromsky vs. Scholtz/Jorge
3. Fickey/Sawicki vs. Backstrom/Rogers
LAST TIME VS. OLE MISS
The Vols lost 4-1 at home to Ole Miss (14-12, 4-8 SEC) early in the SEC regular season. UT won the doubles point but could not gain any ground in singles play as the Rebels wrapped up the win. Tennessee enters this match as the sixth seed in the 13-team field. Ole Miss is No. 11.