KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The 23rd-ranked Tennessee women's tennis team returns home this weekend to close out the regular season at Barksdale Stadium against a pair of Top-25 opponents.
The Vols (16-9, 3-8 SEC) begin the weekend with a 6 p.m. contest versus No. 21 Texas A&M on Friday and then takes on 19th-ranked LSU on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Parking and admission will be free for both matches. Parking is available in Lot C-11, which is located off Volunteer Boulevard. For the most up-to-date information about the Tennessee women's tennis program, follow @Vol_WTennis on Twitter.
"Come out again because it is so much fun for us, as a program, to perform in front of them," head coach Alison Ojeda said about fan support. "We have been working our tails off and to be able to show off your hard work in front of fans engaged in the match is exciting. We have the slow clap going on match points, and I want to hear more of that again. I love hearing the cheering and interactions between the players and the fans up in the stands."
Here are a few notes heading into the weekend:
- The ITA released its updated rankings on Tuesday, and the Volunteers came in at No. 23 in the country.
- Senior Brittany Lindl was ranked 59th in the country in singles. She has six ranked wins so far on the season.
- The duo of Lindl and fellow senior Eve Repic returned to the doubles rankings at No. 72.
What Happened Last
- The Vols split their matches last weekend against Missouri and Arkansas.
- Tennessee came up victories Saturday against 46th-ranked Missouri in a 4-3 match at the Mizzou Tennis Complex. After MU tied things up at 3-3, the match came down to Court 4, where Johanna Silva faced Mackenzy Middlebrook. Middlebrook dominated the first set, winning 6-2, but Silva was able to rally back from the early deficit and complete the 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory and give the Vols the win.
- Against No. 19 Arkansas on Sunday, UT dropped the doubles point and went down 3-1 early, but the Volunteers began to rally on the three remaining courts. UT quickly took one court and then forced third sets on the other two. The two teams split the courts, giving Arkansas the victory.
Texas A&M Notes
- The Tennessee Vols and the Texas A&M Aggies will meet for the 13th time. With last year's win, A&M tied the series at 6-6.
- When playing in Knoxville, the series is tied at 3-3, with Texas A&M winning the last two meetings.
- According to the latest ITA rankings, Texas A&M (14-11, 4-7) is ranked No. 21 in the country. The Aggies have two athletes ranked in singles (No. 22 Rachel Pierson and No. 79 Rutuja Bhosale) and one ranked doubles team (No. 4 Bhosale/Pierson).
- The Tennessee Vols and the LSU Tigers (13-7, 6-5 SEC) will meet for the 44th time in the series. Tennessee leads the series 27-16 overall and 11-6 when playing in Knoxville.
- The Tigers took last year's match, 5-2, but the Volunteers have won seven of the last eight on Rocky Top.
- This season, LSU is ranked No. 19 in the country with three players ranked in singles and one team ranked in doubles according to the latest ITA poll. In singles, Jade Lewis is ranked 18th, Joana Valle Costa is 60th and Ryann Foster is 118th. Costa and Foster make up the 23rd-ranked doubles duo in the country.