KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Coming off its first conference win of the season, the 19th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers will look to build of that success as they stay on the road this weekend.
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"We got another good week of practice under our belt and are excited to compete tomorrow night against a very strong South Carolina team," head coach Alison Ojeda said. "I love that our team is so eager to improve. It makes coaching a blast for Ty Schaub, Kata Szekely and myself. Following South Carolina, we head to Gainesville to compete against the #1 team in the country. I'm looking forward to seeing where our team is at."
The Volunteers (14-4, 1-3 SEC) begin the weekend with a matchup against South Carolina, which is ranked 21st in the country, on Friday at 5 p.m. ET. Tennessee will then face its eighth consecutive ranked opponent on Sunday, when UT takes on No. 1 Florida at 1 p.m. ET.
Here are a few notes heading into the weekend:
- The ITA released its updated rankings on Tuesday, and the Volunteers came in at No. 19 in the country, which ranks seventh in the SEC.
- Senior Brittany Lindl moved up to No. 51 in the country, following a win over No. 5 Astra Sharma from Vanderbilt two weeks ago. The ranking marks the highest in Lindl's career.
- The duo of Lindl and fellow senior Eve Repic cracked the doubles rankings for the first time as a team, coming in at 74th in the country.
What Happened Last
- The 16th-ranked Vols (14-4, 1-3 SEC) split their matches on the weekend.
- On Friday, Tennessee struggled to gain any momentum versus No. 4 Auburn, dropping the contest, 4-0, to the Tigers.
- UT bounced back and earned its first conference win of the season on Sunday, defeating No. 46 Alabama, 4-3, on the road. The Volunteers grabbed an early lead by clinching the doubles point and held off a late surge to win their third ranked match of the season. The freshmen trio of Gabby Schuck, Ariadna Riley and Johanna Silva won their matches in singles to clinch the victory.
South Carolina Notes
- This will be the 46th meeting between the Vols and Gamecocks, with Tennessee leading the series 26-19.
- The Vols will look to even up the series when playing in Columbia on Friday, as South Carolina holds a 9-8 advantage on its home courts.
- This season, South Carolina is ranked No. 21 in the country with two players ranked in singles and one team ranked in doubles according to the latest ITA poll. In singles, Ingrid Gamarra Martins is ranked 35th and Mia Horvit is 58th. Hadley Berg and Paige Cline make up the 27th-ranked doubles duo in the country.
- This will be the 44th meeting between Tennessee and Florida. The Gators have never lost to UT, holding the series record at 43-0.
- UF is the top-ranked team in the country and bolster seven players ranked in singles and four teams ranked in doubles according to the latest ITA poll. In singles, the ranked Gators include Josie Kuhlman (12), Ingrid Neel (14), Belinda Woolcock (19), Anna Danilina (22), Kourtney Keegan (32), Spencer Liang (56) and Brooke Austin (125). The ranked duos are Neel/Danilina (11), Austin/Keegan (15), Kuhlman/Woolcock (36) and Danilina/Liang (55).