It marks the first of a two-match road swing this weekend for the Vols and Tennessee’s second SEC road tilt of the season.
Thursday’s match will be streamed live online via SEC Network+ and the ESPN app, with Cracked Racquets providing whiparound coverage. Live stats provided by Alabama can be found here. The match can also be watched via Track Tennis here.
LAST TIME OUT
Tennessee logged a pair of 6-1 routs last weekend, defeating Vanderbilt and LSU in its first two home SEC matches of the year.
Tennessee (11-5, 2-1 SEC) and Alabama (9-7, 1-2 SEC) meet for the 67th time in series history Thursday, with UT holding a 50-16 advantage all-time. The series commenced in 1930. Tennessee has won 26 of the past 29 meetings with the Tide, including seven straight since 2017.
Alabama opened SEC play with a 6-1 home loss to then-ninth-ranked Georgia. This past weekend, the Crimson Tide fell 7-0 to No. 5 South Carolina on the road, 7-0, before upsetting No. 16 Florida in Gainesville, 4-3. Alabama’s Filip Planinsek holds an 8-4 dual singles record at the No. 1 lineup position this spring.
Last season, the Vols defeated the Tide twice in a seven-day span, earning a 7-0 sweep of Alabama in the second-to-last match of the regular season, before logging a 4-0 victory over the Crimson Tide in the second round of the SEC Tournament.
VOLS IN THE RANKINGS
#7 – Johannus Monday
#62 – Emile Hudd
#120 – Shunsuke Mitsui
#4 – Pat Harper/Johannus Monday
#50 – Emile Hudd/Shunsuke Mitsui
CRIMSON TIDE IN THE RANKINGS
#63 – Enzo Aguiard
#42 – Jack Clements/ Louis Delcour
• Johannus Monday, a two-time ITA Singles All-American, is a combined 22-2 in dual singles and doubles matches this spring. At 11-1 in singles and 11-1 on the doubles courts this spring, 16 of those 22 total wins are at the No. 1 lineup spot (8-1 at No. 1 singles and 8-1 at No. 1 doubles). Monday is one of four players in the nation to currently be ranked inside the ITA’s top five in doubles and top 10 in singles.
HISTORY IN SIGHT
• Pat Harper, with 87 career overall doubles wins at Tennessee, is eight wins away from cracking the top-10 on the program’s all-time doubles wins list. Should he reach 100 career doubles wins by…
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