Women’s Tennis Central: #22 Tennessee at Wake Forest

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Opening weekend for the 22nd– ranked Lady Volunteers tennis team as they take on Wake Forest Sunday, January 22 at 11am at the Wake Forest Tennis Center.

There is potential for a second game on Sunday, as the loser of Tennessee vs. Wake Forest will take on Davidson at 3 p.m., also at the Wake Forest Tennis Center.

Tennessee (1-0) rode in the season opener in Charlotte and took the double point with wins of Rebecca Mertena/Elza Tomase on lane two and Esther Adeshin/Eleanor Molinaro on lane three. In singles, No. 14 Mertena won on field 2, 6-3, 6-1, followed by Molinaro on field 5, 6-3, 6-4. Tomase delivered the fourth and deciding run on lane four and won 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

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Wake Forest (0-0) will play in the double season opener on Sunday. The Deacons finished individually last week in the Carolina Kickoff in Columbia, SC, hosted by South Carolina. Wake won nine games against opponents Georgia Tech and Auburn, culminating in Peyton Pesavento and Saby Nihalani going 3-0 in doubles.

Wake Forest has three ranked singles and two doubles in the top 15. In singles, Carolyn Campana is at number 35, Casie Wooten is at 58e and Anna Campana rounds out the map at number 75. For doubles, Anna Brylin/Brooke Killingsworth are the second-ranked pair, while Samantha Martinelli/Casie Wooten are 15.e.

Tennessee wants to tie all-time series in the 32nd match between the two schools. Wake Forest currently leads 16-15 and is 9-3 at home. The Lady Vols won the final game, 5-2 in Knoxville, on January 31, 2021. The last time Tennessee Wake on the road was on February 3, 2008 when the Lady Vols fell 4-3.

Tennessee has faced Wake Forest three times before in their opening game, the Lady Vols are 2-1 in such matchups and 1-1 when playing the opener in Winston-Salem. The last time these teams played in Wake’s opener was in 2002, when the Deacons won 4-3 at home.

Tennessee and Wake Forest faced each other in 16 games during the fall season, including the Demon Deacons who traveled to Knoxville from October 28 to October 30 to play in the Tennessee Fall Invitational.

If the Lady Vols lost, they would face Davidson at the Wake Forest Tennis Center at 3 p.m. It would also be the Wildcats season opener.

A win would see Tennessee return to Knoxville ready to prepare for the 2022 ITA Kickoff, while UT travels to the Columbus, Ohio area on Saturday, January 21, hosted by Ohio State to take on No. 21 LSU on Saturday, January 21. Saturday, January 21 at the Ty Tucker Tennis Center.

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