Men’s Tennis Central: ITA Indoor National Championships

SEATTLE – the no. 2 Tennessee men’s tennis team is set to compete at the 2022 ITA Indoor National Championships in Seattle this weekend. The tournament will run Friday-Monday, Feb. 18-21. The Vols face 14th-seeded Texas A&M Friday, with first serve scheduled for 3 pm ET from the Seattle Tennis Club.

On Wednesday, the ITA announced the Vols as the No. 3 seed in the 16-team field. After defeating Old Dominion and Memphis at the ITA Kickoff Weekend, Tennessee advanced to ITA Indoors for the second time since Chris Woodruff took over as head coach of the program in 2017.

Live scoring and live stream will be provided by Washington and will be posted on the Tournament Central Page by Friday.

This page will be updated with information on future opponents as the tournament progresses.

LAST TIME OUT
The Vols most recently took down Charlotte, 7-0, and Columbia, 4-3, last weekend in Knoxville to move to 8-1 on the season and 7-0 in home dual matches. Despite dropping the doubles point to Columbia, Tennessee battled back with two straight-set singles victories, along with a pair of three-set wins.

SCOUTING TEXAS A&M
Friday marks the 19th all-time meeting between the Vols and Aggies, and the 12th matchup between the SEC foes since Texas A&M joined the conference in 2012-13. The Vols are 6-12 in the series, dating back to 1974. This season, the Aggies have won their first six matches of the year, including wins over then-23rd-ranked UCLA, 4-0, and then-12th-ranked Arizona, 4-1, at the ITA Kickoff Weekend.

SCOUTING THE FIELD
The field consists of seven SEC teams and five of the eight teams on Tennessee’s side of the bracket are from the SEC. The Vols are the highest-seeded SEC team in Seattle, with Florida, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Ole Miss rounding out the list of SEC representatives. Tennessee has already faced three of the teams making the trek to Seattle, having defeated fifth-seeded TCU on the road and eighth-seeded Wake Forest, before falling to top-seeded Ohio State.

2011 SIMILARITIES
A victory Friday would be Tennessee’s first non-consolation match win at ITA Indoors since defeating Georgia in 2011. Those 2011 Championships also took place in Seattle, with the identical dates of Feb. 18-21. Also in similar fashion to 2011, the Vols are the third overall seed, while also facing an SEC foe in the opening match.

Streakin’
freshman Shunsuke Mitsui is riding a 10-match win streak in singles, with seven of those matches coming in dual season. He’s collected a pair of wins at the No. 4 singles slot, four at No. 5 and one at the sixth singles position. At 7-0 in dual singles matches, Mitsui is 17-4 overall this season after picking up 10 wins in the fall.

BACK-TO-BACK APPEARANCES
At the 2021 ITA Indoor National Championships in Champaign, Illinois, Tennessee went 2-1, picking up a pair of consolation wins over third-seeded TCU, 4-3, and fifth-seeded Texas, 4-2, after dropping its opening match to second seed North Carolina, 4-1.

JOMO MILESTONE
Sunday saw UT sophomore Johannus Monday collect the 30th dual match singles win of his career, earning a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Columbia’s 77th-ranked Hugo Hashimoto. At 7-1 in dual singles matches this season, Monday needed just 37 completed singles matches to reach this feat. He is now 30-7 (11-1 SEC) in dual singles matches since joining the Vols.

THE FIELD
Below is the Indoor Championships field, with seedings and first round matchups.

#1 Ohio State vs. #16 Washington
#2 Baylor vs. #15 Ole Miss
#3 Tennessee vs. #14 Texas A&M
#4 Florida vs. #13 Texas
#5 TCU vs. #12 Virginia
#6 Stanford vs. #11 South Carolina
#7 Kentucky vs. #11 USC
#8 Wake Forest vs. #9 Georgia

SEATTLE FACTS
• Seattle holds nicknames of the “Emerald City”, due to the lush greenery seen year-round, and “Coffee Capital of the World.” The world’s first Starbucks opened in Seattle, at the Pike Place Market in 1971.

• Seattle’s iconic Space Needle was built in the Seattle Center for the 1962 World’s Fair, which drew over 2.3 million visitors. It stands at 605-feet-tall and weighs 9,550 tons. It offers 360-degree indoor and outdoor panoramic views of the city.

• The headquarters for Amazon, founded in 1994, are located in Seattle.

UP NEXT
Following the ITA Indoor National Championships, Tennessee’s next match comes at home against the Furman Paladins on Tuesday, March 1. First serve from Knoxville is set for 1 pm ET.

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