Men’s Tennis Central: # 5 Tennessee at # 45 Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE – The No. 5 Tennessee men’s tennis team is back in action Sunday, rounding off a two-game road trip by traveling to the state capital while taking on Vanderbilt Sunday at 6 p.m. 13:00 ET.

Tennessee has won four of its last five road races and is 5-2 this season in real road games. Including matches held at neutral venues this year, Tennessee is 8-3 away from Knoxville.

Live statistics for the match can be found here, with live streaming available here.

LAST TIME OUT
Tennessee narrowly dropped to No. 12 in Kentucky, 4-3 away on Friday night. The Vols won the double-point and singles matches on track 1 (Adam Walton) and four (Shunsuke Mitsui).

SCOUTING VANDERBILT
Tennessee and Vanderbilt will sign 91st edition of in-state rivalry Sunday in Nashville, with Vols leading the all-time series 66-24, dating to 1927. Tennessee’s longest winning streak in the series is 36 matches spanning 28 years from 1964-92. A win for Tennessee (17-6, 5-4 SEC) would mark his third straight win over Vanderbilt (14-8, 2-7 SEC). The Vols beat the Commodores 7-0 at Knoxville last season. Vanderbilt has lost three of its previous four games, and its lone win of that period came at home, 4-3 over Alabama.



BIND IN RANGELINGEN

Singles
# 5 – Johannus mandag
# 14 – Adam Walton
# 45 – Emile Hudd



Double
# 19 – Emile Hudd/Shunsuke Mitsui
# 79 – Pat Harper/Adam Walton



COMMODORES IN THE RANGELING

Singles
# 49 – George Harwell



Double
# 76 – Michael Ross / Siim Troost

AUSSIERNE
Reigning NCAA Doubles National Champions Adam Walton and Pat Harper is 12-4 as a pair this season, including a flawless 6-0 in SEC play. Walton and Harper have won seven in a row and nine out of their previous 10 completed doubles matches. They defeated Kentucky’s Musitelli / Hurrion, 7-6 (4) on the field on Friday.



THE HARD FRESHMAN
With a singles victory in three sets Friday, the Tennessee freshman Shunsuke Mitsui improves his doubles record to 17-3 (7-1 SEC) and is 27-7 in singles overall this season, including fall action. Mitsui has won eight of its previous nine completed matches, with six of those victories coming in equal style. His victory over 95th-ranked Musitelli on Friday served as his fifth-ranked singles win of the season and number two in SEC games.

MARK AND MONDAY
The double pairing off Johannus mandag and Mark Wallner won a ninth win of the season Friday and improved to 9-0. By playing on lane three in each of these victories, the duo was named the 2022 ITA Indoor Championship All-Tournament Team earlier this double season.



I HISTORY
In October, Walton won his 100th career singles victory to become the 11th ever Vol to reach the century mark in career singles victories. After earning his 95th career doubles triumph On Friday, Walton is now five 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.



NASHVILLE FACTS
• Nashville, or ‘Music City’, is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame, which was founded in 1961.


• The tallest skyscraper in Tennessee is in Nashville. The 33-story AT&T building is known worldwide as the “Batman Building” because of its unique shape.

NEXT
Tennessee returns home to end the regular season with games against Alabama Friday and Auburn Sunday. Friday’s first serve is scheduled for 6 p.m. 18.00 ET, while Tennessee’s Senior Day match with Auburn begins at. 13.00 ET in Knoxville.


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