May 15, 2013
TEAM 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 in all seven seasons at Tennessee.
41: Wins the Vols have enjoyed in the NCAA Championships. The Vols' all-time record is 41-24.
17: During Winterbotham's era, the Vols are 17-7 in the NCAA Championships. The team has advanced to the round of 16 five times.
9: Times the Vols have reached the quarterfinals or better at NCAAs, most recently in 2011. Tennessee has reached the finals three times (1990, 2001, 2010).
3: Times in four years the Vols have reached the NCAA quarterfinals.
INDIVIDUAL BY THE NUMBERS4: NCAA individual finalists for the Vols between 2008 and 2011: John-Patrick Smith (Singles, 2008), Smith and Davey Sandgren (Doubles, 2009), Smith and Sandgren (Doubles, 2010) and Rhyne Williams (Singles, 2011).
1: The Vols have one champion in singles and one in doubles. Associate head coach Chris Woodruff won the NCAA singles title 20 years ago in 1993. Mel Purcell and Rodney Harmon took the doubles crown in 1980.
54: NCAA singles selections since the modern era of college tennis began 1979. The Vols have had 14 NCAA doubles selections in the Winterbotham era.
30: NCAA doubles selections since 1979. The Vols have had eight NCAA doubles selections in the Winterbotham era.
AND THE DOUBLES CONTINUESThe NCAA DOUBLES Championships continue Friday as Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese take on Texas' Chris Camillone and David Holiner of Texas. The match starts at 1 p.m. Eastern.
The Vols are very familiar with this Longhorn pair. Libietis and Reese lost to them at the 2011 USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships as freshmen. Teamed up with Jarryd Chaplin, Libietis met the two again last fall at the ITA All-American Championships. Chaplin and Libietis earned a 9-8 tiebreaker win over the two in the second round.
DIFFERENT MAJOR, DIFFERENT PARTNERLibietis enters the NCAA doubles tournament with the unusual distinction of playing in all three collegiate majors -- the All-American, National Indoors and NCAAs -- with three different doubles partners. Libietis and Reese will play in their second NCAA tournament together and enter as the No. 1 seed.
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