Men’s Tennis Central: #1 Tennessee vs. #10 Wake Forest

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The top-ranked Tennessee men’s tennis team is geared up for a top-10 clash as it plays host to the 10th-ranked Demon Deacons of Wake Forest Tuesday. First serve is set for 1 pm ET inside the Goodfriend Tennis Center.

Tuesday marks the 18th all-time meeting between Tennessee (3-0) and Wake Forest (7-0), and the first since 2017. The Vols lead the series with an all-time mark of 12-5. Fans in attendance for the match will be treated to donuts and coffee.

Live stats will be provided by UTsports.com and can be found here. Live streaming is available for free through Playsight and can be found here. Tennis parking for spectators is located in SC40 at the Kingston Pike Building. Additional parking information can be found here.

LAST TIME OUT
Tennessee’s last match was a thrilling, 4-3 road victory over then-fifth-ranked TCU on Sunday, Jan. 16. Singles wins from sophomore Johannus Mondayfreshman Shunsuke Mitsuigraduate student Adam Walton and the clinching point from junior Angel Diaz earned the vols the top five triumph.

SCOUTING WAKE FOREST
With the Big Orange taking 12 of 17 matches between the two programs, the longest win streak in the series that came when UT defeated the Demon Deacons 12 consecutive times, a streak ranging from 1982-2014.

This year, Wake Forest is off to a 7-0 start to dual season, with each of those matches coming at home in Winston-Salem. It defeated Tennessee Tech twice in a season-opening doubleheader, along with wins over Coastal Carolina and Elon in a doubleheader and a third doubleheader sweep over Davidson and Gardner-Webb.

A win Tuesday would give the Vols their ninth 4-0 start in the past 10 seasons.

NUMBER ONE
When Tennessee takes the court Tuesday, it will be the first time since March 19, 2011, in which they have done so as the nation’s No. 1 team. They drilled Arkansas, 7-0 that day to improve to 15-2 and 5-0 in conference action. Jarryd Chaplin, now the Associate Head Coach of Tennessee’s women’s tennis program, was a member of the Vols that season and was on the squad from 2011-2014. The Vols went on to finish the 2011 dual season with a 24-5 record and made a run to the NCAA Quarterfinals.

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
Since the beginning of the 2019 dual season, the Vols have put up a robust home record of 41-4. The Big Orange logged 12 wins in 2019 and 2020, logged a registered a 15-0 mark at home in 2021 and are 2-0 in Knoxville to begin the 2022 campaign, with each of those wins coming over ETSU.

TOP-10 TUSSLE
Following last week’s clash with the No. 5 Horned Frogs, the Vols are set for another top-10 battle in Wake Forest’s tenth-ranked Demon Deacons. Last season, UT came away victorious in consecutive top-10 matchups twice, first doing so at the ITA Indoor National Championships in Champaign, Ill., defeating third-ranked TCU, 4-3, and No. 5 Texas, 4-2, in consecutive days. The Vols also defeated No. 8 Texas A&M, 4-0, on April 11 and top-ranked Florida less than two weeks later, 4-3, in the 2021 SEC Tournament Championship match. Overall, Tennessee accounted for five top-10 triumphs in the 2021 spring season.

UP NEXT
Tennessee’s next action will come at the ITA Kickoff Weekend, this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 28-29 at the Goodfriend Tennis Center in Knoxville. The Vols will take on Old Dominion on Friday and either Memphis or Western Michigan on Saturday. The team to go 2-0 on the weekend will secure a spot in the ITA Indoor National Championships, scheduled for Feb. 18-21 in Seattle, Wash.

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