Tennis Central Men: ITA Kickoff Weekend

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – The #1 Tennessee men’s tennis team is set for the ITA Kickoff Weekend as Knoxville serves as one of 15 guest venues on the men’s side of the bracket.

Tennessee takes on Old Dominion on Friday at 1 p.m. ET. The winner of Friday afternoon’s game will meet the winner of Friday morning’s game, between Memphis and Western Michigan, in Saturday’s Kickoff Weekend Championship game, scheduled for 1:00 PM ET. Tennessee is 17-7 all-time on the ITA Kickoff Weekend since the event’s inception in 2009, progressing to the national indoor field six times in a row from 2009-2014 and the last time a year ago in 2021.

Live stats for the weekend are provided by UTsports.com and can be found here. Live streaming is available for free through Playsight and can be found here.

Admission is free and the free spectator tennis car park is located in SC40 in the Kingston Pike Building. Additional parking information can be found here.

LAST TIME OFF
Tennessee fell in tenth place behind Wake Forest on Tuesday, with senior Emile Hudd clinching match point in a 4-3 Big Orange victory. The win was UT’s second top-10 triumph of the 2022 double season, with first on the road over the then fifth-ranked TCU.

SCOUTING OLD DOMINION
Friday marks the first-ever meeting between the Vols and Monarchs. A win in Tennessee would take the Big Orange to the Championship game of the Kickoff Weekend against the winner of the Memphis vs. Western Michigan on Friday. Going through two games this double season, Old Dominion holds a 1-1 record, beating Penn State 5-2 in a home season opener on January 16, before dropping a road ramp, 6-1 at Auburn Wednesday.

SCOUTING MEMPHIS
Memphis makes the eastern trek through Volunteer State with a 2-0 record to start its double slate, after a 7-0 win over Jackson State and a 4-2 decision on the road over Northwestern. The possible matchup on Saturday would be the 12 . aree in a series dating back to 1964. The two programs last met in 2021, a 4-0 UT sweep. A meeting on Saturday would be only the third between the Tigers and Vols since 2012.

SCOUTING WEST MICHIGAN
The Western Michigan Broncos arrive in Knoxville with a 2-1 record, with a pair of 6-1 wins over Butler and Ferris State, before falling to 17.e– Michigan ranked 6-1 on January 21. With only four games ever played between the two schools, the Vols are 3-1 against the Broncos, with each of those four games taking place between 1951-54.

STAYING ON THE TOP
With Wednesday’s updated ITA rankings, the Vols maintained their position at the top of the ITA Top-25 Coaches Poll, receiving all 12 first-place votes in the January 26 edition of the poll. It is the first time since March 2011 that the UT has been in the top two in consecutive weeks. Tennessee is one of eight SEC teams currently in the top 25.

BACK-TO-BACK OPPORTUNITY
Should the top-ranked Vols win two games this weekend, they would claim a spot at the ITA National Indoor Championships for the second consecutive season and the second time since 2014. The Indoor Championships are scheduled for February 18-21 in Seattle, Wassen.

NEXT ONE
The next step for the Vols is a road trip north to Columbus, Ohio, to face the fifth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday, February 4. The first service is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET from the Ty Tucker Tennis Center.

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