April 29, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The 20th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers will see some familiar faces in the opening rounds of the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships.
The Vols (17-10) will play the first and second rounds at Duke in Durham, N.C., as the No. 2 seed in the four-team region. They will face 54th-ranked Elon in the opening round. If the Vols win, they would advance to face either 11th-ranked Duke or unranked Winthrop.
Tennessee beat Duke 4-2 in an indoor thriller at home early in the season.
Former Vol John Collins, who finished his degree at UT in December, is now a volunteer assistant coach at Elon. Bryan Swartz and Edward Jones, both part of the Vols' 2010 and 2011 SEC championship teams, are working with the Winthrop program.
The Vols will face Elon on Saturday, May 10, at 9 a.m. If the Vols win, they would advance to play May 11 at 2 p.m.
BY THE NUMBERS24: Total NCAA selections since the championships changed to its present-day team format in 1979. Head coach Sam Winterbotham has led the team to the national tournament his first seven years at Tennessee. Tonight was his squad's eighth selection.
41: Wins the Vols have enjoyed in the NCAA Championships. The Vols' all-time record is 41-24.
17: During Sam Winterbotham's first seven years at Tennessee, the Vols are 17-7 in the NCAA Championships. The team has advanced to the round of 16 five times during that stretch. The Vols have reached the quarterfinals or beyond three times.
3: Times the Vols have reached the NCAA title match. Tennessee reached the finals in 1990, 2001 and most recently in 2010, falling to Southern California 4-2. The Vols have reached the quarterfinals or better on 8 occasions.
INDIVIDUAL FIELD RELEASED WEDNESDAYThe 64-player singles and 32-team doubles fields for the NCAA singles and doubles championships will be released Wednesday evening.
Juniors Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese will likely both receive bids in both singles and doubles. Libietis and Reese are currently ranked second nationally and won their first collegiate major title in the fall at the ITA All-American Championships.
In singles, Reese is now ranked 27th and Libietis is 34th.
BACK ON THE ROADThe Vols are heading on the road for the opening round for the seventh time since the regional/early round format was adopted in the mid-1990s. Tennessee last played a road regional in 2012, beating UNC Wilmington 4-1 and losing a rain-delayed second round 4-0 to North Carolina.