NCAA Mens Tennis

#8 Tennessee Defeats #21 Alabama, 5-2

#8 Tennessee Defeats #21 Alabama, 5-2

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The eighth-ranked Tennessee men’s tennis team pulled out a gritty top-25 victory over No. 21 Alabama, 5-2, on Friday evening at Barksdale Stadium.
The Vols (18-4, 7-1 SEC) took the doubles point over the Crimson Tide (15-9, 4-4 SEC) with a 6-3 effort by Chris Li and Younes Lalami on court three, the pair’s first time playing together this season. The seventh-ranked duo of Johannus Monday and Angel Diaz battled to overcome a five-point deficit to defeat Filip Planinsek and Andrii Zimnokh, ranked 69th in the nation, 7-5. The No. 20 pair of Shunsuke Mitsui and Filip Pieczonka was up 6-4 at 6-all before going unfinished.
UA notched a singles win on court five, but fifth-ranked Monday took down No. 42 Planinsek in decisive 6-3, 6-3 fashion atop the lineup to put UT up 2-1. Diaz routed Matic Dimic, 6-1, 7-6(2), on court six to tally his fifth conference win of the season.
Courts two, three and four battled in three sets. Li defeated his second ranked opponent of 2024 with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory over No. 84 Enzo Aguiard on court three. No. 40 Mitsui served out a bagel in his final set to beat Zimnokh, 0-6, 7-6(3), 6-0, at the No. 2 spot. Nicolas Kobelt fought in three sets before narrowly falling to Matias Ponce De Leon in a third-set tiebreaker, 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-7(5).
Chris Li is currently on a seven-match winning streak in SEC play and holds a 9-1 record at the No. 3 spot for Tennessee.
Johannus Monday holds a 51-17 career record against ranked opponents. The senior boasts an impressive 10-0 mark over those residing in the top 10 and is two singles victories shy of eclipsing 100 career wins.
The duo of Angel Diaz and Johannus Monday earned their seventh win over a ranked opponent this season with a 7-5 comeback effort over the Tide’s Planinsek and Zimnokh. The two hold a 12-3 mark as a pair in 2023-24.
Tennessee will take on No. 20 South Carolina for Senior Day on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
1. #7 Johannus Monday/Angel Diaz (UT) def. #69 Filip Planinsek/Andrii Zimnokh (UA), 7-5
2. #20 Shunsuke Mitsui/Filip Pieczonka (UT) vs. Enzo Aguiard/Zach Foster (UA), 6-6 (6-4), unfinished 
3. Chris Li/Younes Lalami (UT) def. Matic Dimic/Roan Jones (UA), 6-3

Order of Finish: 3,1



1. #5 Johannus Monday (UT) def. #42 Filip Planinsek (UA), 6-3, 6-3

2. #40 Shunsuke Mitsui (UT) def. Andrii Zimnokh (UA),…

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