Men’s Tennis Center: # 5 Tennessee vs. # 52 Arkansas

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – The 5th Tennessee men’s tennis team is back at Rocky Top as it hosts Arkansas on Friday at Barksdale Stadium. The first serving is scheduled for kl. 16.00 ET.

The Vols come after a couple of road wins over No. 25 in Texas A&M last Friday, 4-3, and No. 40 LSU Sunday, 4-1. The win over the Aggies gave the head coach Chris Woodruff his 100th career head coach victory.

Live stats will be provided by UTsports.com and can be found here. Live streaming is available for free through Playsight here.

Admission is free and free tennis parking is located in the SC40 at the Kingston Pike Building. Further parking information can be found here.

For outdoor matches at Barksdale Stadium this season, concessions and alcoholic beverages will be sold on the pitch, at the top of the grandstand behind pitch two. Concessions will only be sold during outdoor matches at Barksdale Stadium and not during matches that are moved indoors to the Goodfriend Tennis Center.

More information on Tennessee’s enhanced fan experience efforts can be found here.

LAST TIME OUT
Tennessee comes after a perfect 2-0 weekend road trip with wins over the then 25th-rated Texas A&M, 4-3 and then-40th-rated LSU, 4-1.

SCOUT ARKANSAS
Vols and Razorbacks must meet for the 44th time in the history of the series, dated to 1973. Tennessee has a 27-16 advantage in the all-time series. With a win Friday, Tennessee (16-5, 4-3 SEC) would achieve this year’s ninth home triumph and improve to 5-3 in SEC action this double season. Arkansas (10-10, 1-6 SEC) has lost four consecutive games, with all four reaching the top-12 opponents. In recent series history, the UT won 10 just over the Hogs from 2007-15, and six of those Big Orange wins were sweeps.



VOLS IN THE RANGELING

Singles
# 8 – Johannus mandag
# 21 – Adam Walton
# 40 – Emile Hudd



Double
# 20 – Emile Hudd/Shunsuke Mitsui
# 72 – Pat Harper/Adam Walton



RAZORBACKS IN THE RANGING

Singles
# 67 – Aleksa Bucan
# 107 – Alexandre Reco



Double
REACH



KLINCHED (x5)
With five clinches this season, senior Emile Hudd leads Vols in that category and achieved both Tennessee road victories last weekend on track two. He got the Tennessee 4-3 victory over No. 25 Texas A&M with a 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 victory over Raphael Perot. In singleaction against LSU, Hudd dominated in a tiebreak in the second set to win a 6-4, 7-6 (1) victory over Vlad Lobak. That singles victory also moved Hudd to 22-7 in overall singles play this season, i.a. 13-5 in doubles (5-2 SEC). Hudd’s current singles ranking as No. 40 is a career high.

SHUN ON ROLL
Freshman standout Shunsuke Mitsui noted a few singles wins last weekend, which helped Vols win road wins over Texas A&M and LSU. In Tennessee’s 4-3-came-from-behind victory Friday at College Station, Mitsui gave Tennessee its first point of the match, defeating Guido Marson on lane three in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. It was the first time Mitsui had played No. 3 in his collegiate career, and that victory brought Mitsui to the milestone of 25 wins (25-7) in the overall singles game this season.


Singles game in Baton Rouge Sunday saw Mitsui fight back from a 0-4 deficit in the first set against Kent Hunter before roaring back to take the first set tiebreak (7-2) and win 11 of the following 16 matches, before going unfinished, 7-6 (2), 4-3, unfinished as the match was not played. Mitsui now have 15-3 (5-1 SEC) in singles matches this season. Mitsui has won six of its previous seven completed singles matches.



I HISTORY
In October, graduate students Adam Walton earned his 100th career singles victory to become the 11th ever Vol to reach the century mark in career singles victories. With 93 career doubles victories, Walton is now seven doubles victories away from 100. Achieving this feat would make him just the sixth volume in the program’s history to have achieved 100 career doubles victories and 100 career singles victories.



TOPS THE RANGEST
Of Tennessee’s 16 overall victories this season, which is just second most among the SEC teams, eight have come over the top-25 competition.



NEXT
The Vols have a week off, with no Sunday game this week. Tennessee’s next action comes on the road in Kentucky on Friday, April 8, with the first serve currently scheduled for 6 p.m. 17 ET.


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