Men’s Tennis Central: #2 Tennessee vs. Charlotte and Columbia

Men's Tennis Central: #2 Tennessee vs. Charlotte and Columbia

KNOXVILLE, TN – On a 27-game winning streak at home, Tennessee’s No. 2 men’s tennis team is set to host Charlotte and Columbia on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in Knoxville.

The first service is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET each day, with both matches taking place inside the Goodfriend Tennis Center. Live stats will be provided by and can be found here. Live streaming is available Sunday only via Playsight and can be found here.

The first 100 fans in attendance on Saturday will receive free popcorn, while the first 100 attendees on Sunday will receive Gus’ famous fried chicken.

Admission is free and a free spectator tennis parking lot is located at SC40 at the Kingston Pike Building. Additional parking information can be found here.

The Vols traveled to Columbus, Ohio to face the Ohio State Buckeyes, losing 4-0. The Buckeyes received the No. 1 accolade in Wednesday’s updated ITA coaching poll.

The Vols play Charlotte on Friday for the seventh time in program history, having met the 49ers in five of the past six years. The first game in the series was in 2017, a 4-3 victory for Big Orange. In 2021, Tennessee picked up a 5-2 win over Charlotte and improved their all-time record to 6-0 over Charlotte. A win would take Tennessee to 7-1 this season and preserve their perfect home record. The 49ers are off to a 3-2 doubleheader start to the season, with wins over Gardner-Webb, Presbyterian and Radford. Their losses came on the route to Wake Forest, then ranked 10th, then 12thand-rated South Carolina.

Sunday is just the third game in history between the Vols and the Lions, with Columbia winning the previous two games, 4-3 in 2015 and 4-2 in 2020. The Lions hold a 3-1 overall record this spring , with wins over VCU, Oklahoma State and Old Dominion. Columbia’s only loss came on the road in Texas, 4-0, during ITA’s launch weekend.

Tennessee is riding a 27-game winning streak, dating back to January 2020. The Vols have won each of the last seven home games of the abbreviated 2020 double season, went 15-0 in Knoxville in 2021 and won the first five home contests of the 2022 campaign. The Vols’ last home loss came against Columbia on January 26, 2020.

ITA released their first singles and doubles rankings update Wednesday, with six Flights receiving singles recognition, as well as a pair in doubles. Johannus Monday (ten), Adam Walton (21), Mark Waller (78), Emile Hudd (100), Shunsuke Mitsui (114) and Angel Diaz (122) each earned a singles ranking, while Mitsui and Hudd were named the nation’s No. 9 doubles pair.

In October, graduate student Adam Walton earned their 100th career singles win to become the 11th Vol to reach the century mark in career singles triumphs. With a 6-1 doubles victory with Pat Harper over Old Dominion’s Lalami/Nolan during the ITA launch weekend, Walton is just 15 doubles wins out of 100. Achieving that feat would make him the sixth steal in program history to rack up 100 career doubles and singles wins.

Additionally, a singles victory for Walton over Charlotte’s Saturday would mark his 106th career singles victory, tying him with Mikelis Libietis for the ninth-most career singles triumphs in program history.

After Tennessee’s two games this weekend, the next ones are the ITA Indoor Nationals in Seattle, Washington. The 16-team event is due to take place from February 18-21.