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LAST TIME OUT
Tennessee opened its SEC slate Friday with a convincing 5-2 win on the road over Mississippi State, moving to 1-0 in conference action.
SCOUTING OLE MISS
Tennessee (13-2, 1-0 SEC) holds a 33-28 advantage in the all-time series that dates to 1940 with the Rebels. Tennessee has won seven straight over Ole Miss, with the most recent victory coming in 4-1 fashion in the 2021 SEC Tournament
Tennessee is 4-1 in its last five matches, including a trio of ranked wins over No. 13 South Carolina, No. 3 Baylor and No. 24 Mississippi State
Ole Miss (10-3, 0-0 SEC) enters SEC action with a pair of wins over ranked opponents and an appearance at the ITA Indoor National Championships in Seattle. The Rebels are 3-2 over their past five matches, with those two defeats coming in Seattle.
VOLS IN THE RANKINGS
# 6 – Johannus Monday
# 32 – Adam Walton
# 51 – Emile Hudd
# 103 – Mark Wallner
# 9 – Emile Hudd/Shunsuke Mitsui
# 57 – Pat Harper/Adam Walton
REBELS IN THE RANKINGS
# 18 – Nikola Slavic
# 91 – Finn Reynolds
# 98 – John Hallquist Lithen
# 6 – Lukas Engelhardt / Finn Reynolds
HANDLING HIS BUSINESS
Sixth-ranked Johannus Monday has become accustomed to handling his business on the court in a timely manner, regardless of the day of the week. Following his 6-2, 6-3 win over Mississippi State’s # 74 Nemanja Malesevic on Friday, Monday has now been first in the order of finish 10 times through 12 singles wins this spring. Three of those wins came at the top of the lineup, with seven coming at the No. 2 singles slot. In addition, Monday had claimed five ranked singles victories this dual season.
In October, graduate student Adam Walton earned his 100th career singles win to become the 11th-ever Vol to reach the century mark in career singles triumphs. With a 7-5 doubles win with Pat Harper over Mississippi State’s # 55 Malesevic / Tortora on Friday, Walton now stands 10 doubles victories away from 100. Reaching this feat would make him just the sixth Vol in program history to accrue 100 career doubles and 100 career singles wins.
In Tennessee’s win over Mississippi State Friday, both sophomore Johannus Monday and junior Angel Diaz reached 20 overall singles wins on the season. Freshman Shunsuke Mitsui has already eclipsed the 20-win mark in singles, holding a 21-6 overall record.
MOVING ON UP
A singles win for Walton Sunday would tie him with Boris Conkic for the eighth-most singles wins in program history at 108. The move up in the history books comes after having surpassed Mikelis Libietis for ninth place on the all-time singles wins list in Tennessee’s win over Texas A&M at the ITA Indoor National Championships in February.
• Oxford is home to the first McAlister’s Deli and Newk’s. McAlister’s was founded in 1989 and Newk’s came along in 2004.
• With a 2020 population of 29,433, Oxford is the ninth-largest city in Mississippi.
Tennessee returns to Knoxville in preparation for a three-match homestand, beginning with sixth-ranked South Carolina on Friday, March 11 at 6 pm ET and a Sunday matinee against No. 5 Florida on March 13, with first serve for that match scheduled for 1 pm ET.
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