Men's Tennis Central: #5 Tennessee vs.  #3 Florida

Men’s Tennis Central: #5 Tennessee vs. #3 Florida

ATHENS, Ga. – Fresh off a 4-1 victory over 11th-ranked Georgia Friday afternoon, the No. 5 Tennessee men’s tennis team is set to compete in the semifinal round of the SEC Tournament for a fourth consecutive tournament, facing third-ranked Florida Saturday at 2 pm ET.

Saturday’s match can stream online here through SEC Network+/WatchESPN. Visit espn.com/watch or download the ESPN app to view the match on a computer or mobile device. Sam Gore and Luke Jensen will have the call. Live stats can be accessed here.

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Tennessee (22-6) soundly defeated Georgia Friday and has now advanced to the semifinals or further in each of the four SEC Tournament runs since head coach Chris Woodruff took the kidneys at his alma mater.

Saturday marks the 77th all-time meeting between Tennessee and Florida, with the Vols having defeated Florida 4-3 in the 2021 SEC Tournament final. This season, the Gators have posted a 21-2 overall record and are the top-seeded team in the SEC Tournament bracket.

QUICK HITTER

• Tennessee enters postseason action having been ranked inside the ITA top 5 for a nation-leading 27 weeks in a row, coming in at fifth in Wednesday’s updated rankings.
• The Vols own nine top-25 triumphs this dual season, including three top-10 victories and a 6-1 mark against teams ranked No. 11-25.
• Tennessee has won the doubles point 20 times this season, holding an 18-2 record when taking this 1-0 advantage.
• Tennessee has won five consecutive matches and eight of its past nine.
Johannus Monday and Mark Wallner continue to find a way at No. 3 doubles this year, holding an unblemished 12-0 record together this dual season. Personally, Monday is riding a career-best doubles win streak of 11 matches.
• Tennessee is 5-1 in neutral site matches this year, including two wins this week (4-0 over Alabama and 4-1 over Georgia). Although labeled a neutral site match, Friday’s win was effectively a road contest due to Georgia hosting the tournament.
• The Vols reached the championship match at the ITA Indoor National Championships in Seattle earlier this dual season, logging a 3-1 record in the Emerald City.
• In a March 25 road comeback victory over then-25th-ranked Texas A&M, UT head coach Chris Woodruff became the fifth UT men’s tennis coach to reach 100 career coaching victories with the program. Along with this, he became the second-fastest of those five to reach the century mark, doing so in 128 matches.
• Tennessee has now amassed 20 or more wins in each of the past four full seasons. The Vols were 14-2 when the 2020 dual season was shut down due to COVID-19 and reached the 20-win mark in 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022.
• Reigning NCAA Doubles National Champions Adam Walton and Pat Harper have won their last 11 completed doubles matches together and finished the regular season with a perfect 9-0 doubles record in SEC play.

FLIGHTS IN THE RANKINGS
Singles

#7 – Adam Walton

#12 – Johannus Monday

#72 – Emile Hudd

Doubles

#21 – Emile Hudd/Shunsuke Mitsui

#25 – Pat Harper/Adam Walton

GATORS IN THE RANKINGS
Singles

#1 – Ben Shelton
#27 – Sam Riffice
#87 – Duarte Valley
#116 – Joshua Goodger
#122 – Andres Andrade

Doubles

#10 – Sam Riffice/Ben Shelton
#37 – Andres Andrade/Mattias Siimar
#57 – Abedallah Shelbayh/Mattias Siimar

THE TENNESSEE WALTS
With doubles and singles wins Friday, Walton is on the verge of making history for Tennessee. Now at 116 career singles victories, Walton stands one win away from tying VFL Luca Wiedenman for the sixth-most career singles triumphs in program history. In doubles, Walton earned his 99th career doubles win Friday, needing just one more to become the sixth Vol in program history to enter the 100/100 club with 100 singles wins and 100 double wins.



MONDAY MILESTONE
In his straight-set, 6-3, 6-4 singles win over Georgia’s #46 Philip Henning Friday, Monday earned the 30th victory at No. 2 singles of his Tennessee career. Overall, Monday is 55-15 (.786) in singles action since arriving on Rocky Top.



SENSATIONAL SHUN
Tennessee’s SEC Freshman of the Year hopeful and three-time SEC Freshman of the Week Shunsuke Mitsui recorded his 32nd singles win of the season Friday against Georgia, tying Johannus Monday for the eighth-most singles wins in a season by a Tennessee freshman. With 28 double wins this year, Mitsui stands at No. 6 on Tennessee’s all-time freshman list for double wins in a season. This year, Mitsui became the second player in the SEC to reach the 20-win milestone in dual singles action and the first SEC freshman to reach the feat.



VETERAN STABILITY
With a 27-8 overall singles mark this season, 18-6 (9-3 SEC) in dual singles matches, Tennessee senior Emile Hudd has been a reliable force for the Big Orange. He is 10-3 at the No. 3 singles spot, winning eight of his previous nine completed matches.

UP NEXT
A Tennessee win Saturday would send the Vols to the SEC Tournament final for a third consecutive tournament, doing so in 2019 and winning the championship match in 2021. There was no tournament held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.


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