May 3, 2013
Friday, May 10
#23 Clemson vs. #42 Boise State
#6 Tennessee vs. South Carolina State
Saturday, May 11
#6 Tennessee vs. #23 Clemson
Tickets for each day are $5 for adults and $3 for students with ID. They will be available for purchase at the front gate of Barksdale Stadium. All seats are general admission.
Fan parking will be located in N3 between the Andy Holt Apartments and the tennis stadium and also the S37 lot at Shelbourne Towers on 20th Street.
NCAA NOTEBOOKBY THE NUMBERS
24: 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 in all seven seasons at Tennessee.
38: Wins the Vols have enjoyed in the NCAA Championships. The Vols' all-time record is 39-23. During Winterbotham's era, the Vols are 15-6 in the NCAA Championships. The team has advanced to the round of 16 four 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.
WHEN IN KNOXVILLE...
When the Vols host first and second rounds of the tournament, their record in Knoxville has been nearly perfect.
Tennessee has hosted the "regional" tournament nine times since 1999 and the Vols' record is 18-1 in those matches. The only loss came in 1999 to Mississippi State, and the Vols responded the next three years by reaching the semifinals or better. Winterbotham's teams have hosted the opening round fives times in the last seven years with a 9-0 record.
NO. 1 ... AND NO. 1
Though the Vols haven't played any matches since mid-April, it's been a productive few weeks for sophomore Mikelis Libietis in the accolades department.
Libietis became the first Vol in program history to simultaneously hold the No. 1 ranking in singles and doubles. Libietis and Hunter Reese earned the top ranking after the SEC Championships, and Libietis moved to the top spot in the singles computer rankings last week. He is 36-5 in singles this year, including 21-2 in team matches during the spring. Libietis and Reese are 12-0 together the last two months. As a result, he will be the No. 1 seed in singles and doubles at the end of the month.
In addition to national recognition, Libietis was voted the SEC Player of the Year, becoming the third Vol to earn that distinction. The last player to do so in the orange and white was eight-time All-American John-Patrick Smith.
WRAPPING UP AN ERA
Senior Edward Jones has served as the real final link to the Vols' NCAA final team of 2010. As a freshman, Jones secured a starting job in the Tennessee doubles lineup and never looked back. He ranked eighth in program history with 90 career doubles wins.
Jones proved to be a critical cog in the Vols' 2010 squad that handedly swept the SEC titles and reached the team final for the third time in program history. He and doubles partner Matteo Fago were named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team for No. 3 doubles after the two of them went 5-0 through the tournament's six rounds. In his career in the NCAA team tournament, Jones is 8-1 in doubles.