With the SEC women's tennis tournament looming around the corner, there is only one team hotter than the Lady Vols right now.
Florida knocked off then-No. 1 Duke 4-3 last week, and now the SEC's two hottest teams will meet in Knoxville for a 5 p.m. match today.
No. 11 Tennessee (17-4, 7-1 SEC) and No. 5 Florida (19-2, 7-1) are both one game back of Georgia, who sits unbeaten atop the SEC East.
The Lady Vols will also host No. 34 South Carolina (12-6, 5-3) at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
If the Lady Vols win both matches this weekend, they will have a chance to sit as the No. 1 seed in the East and claim the regular season SEC title with a win over Georgia on April 12 in Knoxville.
Tennessee also hosts the SEC Tournament from April 17 through April 20.
The 42nd-ranked men's team will look to rebound from a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to No. 5 Ole Miss with road matches at No. 2 Florida on Friday at 2 p.m. and No. 20 South Carolina on Sunday.
"You have to take (the Ole Miss) match in a positive way," Tennessee coach Michael Fancutt said. "Losing is always disappointing, but most of the guys played really well and each one of them fought hard."
Fancutt said Mark Dietrich has returned to the form he expects to see from him on a regular basis.
"Mark Dietrich is back to playing the way he should have been playing," he said. "He's had a bit of an off couple of weeks, and it was good to see him being more focused. He's coming off a great win, and I think if he can keep (playing) focused like that, he'll play well from now on."
Lady Vol netters to take on Florida in key SEC matchup
Published: Fri Apr 04, 2003 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 05:00 p.m.