May 17, 2013
URBANA, Ill. -- The NCAA Championships is the only team competition that affords teams days off in between rounds. Friday was the off day for the Vols heading into their quarterfinal with No. 2 Virginia.
The Vols (26-8) arrived at the Atkins Tennis Center in the early afternoon for team practice. The Vols worked on specific needs during the training session before heading to lunch.
While there was no men's tennis on the NCAA schedule, there was still plenty to watch at Illinois' home courts as the women's final site tournament kicked off.
Some news and notes on the day:
QUARTERFINALISTS X 9For the third time in the last four seasons, the Vols are in the NCAA quarterfinals. It also marks the ninth appearance in program history.
The Vols have a better record in the quarterfinals than in any other round played in the final site, coming in at 6-2. Tennessee was last n the quarterfinals in 2011, losing to Georgia 4-3 at Stanford.
All-time quarterfinal results:
1987: UT 5, Long Beach State 3
1988: Pepperdine 5, UT 1
1990: UT 5, Miami 2
2000: UT 4, UCLA 1
2001 UT 4, TCU 0
2002: UT 4, Kentucky 1
2010: UT 4, Baylor 0
2011: Georgia 4, UT 3
TOP 10 IN DOUBLESIn the final weeks of their careers, seniors Edward Jones and John Collins have been steadily climbing the Vols' career doubles lists. After their doubles clinching win Thursday, Jones has 93 career wins and Collins has 87.
Jones, a four-year starter for the Vols, ranks seventh by himself on the career doubles list. Collins moved past Ben Rogers (2004-07) into sole position of ninth.
Jones has solidified himself as one of the Vols' all-time greats in NCAA tournament play when it comes to the doubles game. Playing most of his career at the No. 3 position, Jones is 11-1 in NCAA doubles matches. He was named to the 2010 NCAA All-Tournament Team.
HERE & BACK AGAINOne former Vol made his return (however brief) to the national college scene to cheer on the Vols' 4-2 win over Mississippi State on Thursday.
Just hours after returning to the United States after a three-week tournament stop in Asia, eight-time All-American John-Patrick Smith arrived at Illinois' courts shortly before the Vols' first serve in doubles. A fixture on the national scene during his four-year career, Smith was greeted by media and tournament officials alike after the Tennessee victory.
Smith's stay in Illinois was short lived, however. He found out he made the doubles main draw of the French Open. Next stop: Roland Garros.