Men’s Tennis Central: #6 Tennessee vs. #28 Florida State

Knoxville, Tenn. – The No. 6 Tennessee men’s tennis team is competing in the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament for a third consecutive tournament, after defeating Tennessee Tech and Duke in Knoxville last weekend. The Vols will face 28th-ranked Florida State Saturday at 4 pm ET at Barksdale Stadium.

Knoxville Super Regional tickets are being sold for $10 and can be purchased here. The first 100 UT students will receive free entry with a valid student ID. Spectator parking will be held at the G-17 garage off Terrace and Lake Ave. A parking map can be found here.

Fans in attendance will receive free pizza during the match. A prematch tailgate will also be held at the tennis facility, beginning at noon ET.

Live stats will be provided by UTsports.com and can be found here. Live streaming is available through the TennisONE app and can be found here.

UT operates with a clear bag policy and stadium security regulations limit fans to one clear plastic bag no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches or a one-gallon, clear, resealable plastic storage bag per person. Fans will also be allowed a small clutch purse not to exceed 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Wallets must also conform to this size requirement.

For outdoor matches at Barksdale Stadium this season, concessions and alcoholic beverages will be sold on the concourse, at the top of the grandstand behind court two. More information on Tennessee’s enhanced fan experience efforts can be found here.

LAST TIME OUT
The Vols defeated Tennessee Tech 4-0 last Friday, before toppling Duke in 4-1 fashion in Saturday’s second round matchup.

SCOUTING FLORIDA STATE
Saturday’s Super Regional match serves as just the sixth all-time meeting between the Vols and Seminoles and the first matchup since between the programs in 46 years. The most recent matchup came in 1976, a 6-3 Tennessee win. The Vols hold a 4-1 advantage in the series. With a win, Tennessee (24-7) would advance to the NCAA Round of 8 in Champaign, Illinois.

Florida State (18-10) is in the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009, coming off a 4-3 upset victory over No. 11 Georgia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last weekend in Athens, Georgia.

Series History
1966 – Tennessee 4, Florida State 5
1966 – Tennessee 7Florida State 2
1967 – Tennessee 7Florida State 2
1968 – Tennessee 5Florida State 4
1976 – Tennessee 6Florida State 3

FLIGHTS IN THE RANKINGS
Singles
#3 – Adam Walton
#10 – Johannus Monday
#74 – Emile Hudd

Doubles
#13 – Pat Harper/Adam Walton
#21 – Emile Hudd/Shunsuke Mitsui

SEMINOLES IN THE RANKINGS
Singles
#51 – Loris Pourroy

Doubles
#73 – Loris Pourroy/Sebastian Arcila

HISTORY ON THE LINE
With a win Saturday, Tennessee would advance to the NCAA Round of 8 for a second consecutive season. The Vols last reached the national quarterfinals in back-to-back years in 2010 and 2011.

SEC ANNUAL AWARDS
Tennessee had four individuals earn postseason recognition from the Southeastern Conference head coaches. Graduate student Walton earned first-team All-SEC acclaim for the third time in his Tennessee career, having also done so in 2019 and 2021. Monday, a sophomore, was named a first-team All-SEC member for the second time in as many seasons, while senior Emile Hudd garnered second-team All-SEC honors in his first season with the Vols. Freshman Shunsuke Mitsui joined Hudd as a second-team All-SEC selection and became the ninth Vol in program history to make the SEC All-Freshman Team. It marks Tennessee’s second year in a row placing a Vol on the All-Freshman Team, with Monday doing so in 2021. Tennessee’s four recipients of SEC first and second team honors mark the program’s most in a single season since also having four in 2011.

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
This dual season, the Vols hold a 16-0 record when winning at the No. 3 singles spot this dual season. Emile Hudd has manned that position for much of the spring, posting at 11-4 mark there in dual matches.

CENTURY MARK IN SIGHT
Currently at 99 career double triumphs, Adam Walton needs one more win in doubles to become the sixth Vol in program history to join the coveted 100/100 club with 100 singles wins and 100 double wins. Earlier this season, Walton became the ninth Vol in Tennessee program history to reach 200 combined singles and doubles wins in a career.

QUICK HITTER
• The Vols own 10 top-25 triumphs this dual season, including three top-10 victories and a 7-1 mark against teams ranked No. 11-25
• Tennessee has won the doubles point 21 times this season, holding a 19-2 record when taking this 1-0 advantage.
• Monday and Mark Wallner continue to find a way at No. 3 doubles this year, holding a 13-1 record together this dual season.
• The Vols reached the championship match at the ITA Indoor National Championships in Seattle earlier this dual season, logging a 3-1 record in the Emerald City.
• In a March 25 road comeback victory over then-25th-ranked Texas A&M, UT head coach Chris Woodruff became the fifth UT men’s tennis coach to reach 100 career coaching victories with the program. Along with this, he became the second-fastest of those five to reach the century mark, doing so in 128 matches.

UP NEXT
A Tennessee victory would advance them to the Round of 8, which will be played in Champaign, Illinois, beginning Thursday, May 19.

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