May 14, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. -- The 20th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers had their first practice day at Georgia's courts in preparation for Friday's NCAA round of 16 match against sixth-seeded UCLA.
The Vols had two hitting sessions Wednesday, one on Georgia's recreational courts and one at Georgia's secondary courts at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Tennessee will play at the secondary courts Friday against UCLA at 7 p.m.
The official NCAA team tournament banquet wrapped up the night for Tennessee. All 32 of the men's and women's teams were in attendance.
The Vols will practice again Thursday. Rain is in the forecast, so court space and time could be altered. All the women's round of 16 matches are scheduled for Thursday.
UPDATING SOME NCAA NUMBERSHere's an update from some NCAA numbers as the Vols get set to resume the tournament Friday.
43: Wins the Vols have enjoyed in the NCAA Championships. The Vols' all-time record is 43-24.
19: During Sam Winterbotham's first seven years at Tennessee, the Vols are 19-7 in the NCAA Championships. The team has advanced to the round of 16 six 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.
LAST YEAR AT THE FINAL SITETennessee reached the NCAA quarterfinals last year on Illinois' campus in Champaign, Ill. The Vols defeated conference foe Mississippi State 4-2 for the second time in the season to advance to the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Virginia 4-0.
VOLS VS. UCLA AT NCAASAlthough the Vols and Bruins have seen quite a bit of each other at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in recent years, Friday marks the first time the two teams have faced at NCAAs since 2000.
Tennessee has a 2-1 record against UCLA in the NCAAs with the two wins coming deep in the tournament. The Vols won 5-4 against UCLA in the 1990 semifinals to reach the first team final in program history. The 2000 Vols picked up a 4-1 quarterfinal win. The Bruins' NCAA win in the series came in the semifinals of the 1987 tournament with a 5-2 score.