Looking to avoid its first three-match losing streak since the 1997 season, No. 27 Tennessee (6-4, 0-2 SEC) will host No. 15 Alabama (11-1, 1-1 SEC) at the Varsity Courts today at 1 p.m. The Vols netters will also play host to No. 19 Auburn on Sunday at 1 p.m.
After consecutive losses last weekend at Kentucky and Vanderbilt, the Vols are still seeking their first conference win of the season.
"We're looking forward to getting back into some more SEC matches after a tough start against Vandy and Kentucky," UT coach Michael Fancutt said. "It's always tough playing on the road in the SEC.
"I just hope we can take advantage of playing here at home and put in a big performance this weekend."
Tennessee's highest-ranked singles player, No. 40 Simon Rea, is quietly enjoying one of the best seasons of any player in men's college tennis. Rea has compiled a team-high 18 singles wins to go along with only five losses. He has also recorded a 4-2 mark against ranked opponents this season.
Lady Vol netters hit the road
The 11th-ranked University of Tennessee Lady Vol tennis squad will put its unblemished 3-0 road record on the line this weekend when it travels to the state of Alabama to face the No. 31 Crimson Tide and No. 40 Auburn on March 7 and March 9. The Alabama match will start at 4 p.m. today, while UT plays the Tigers at noon on Sunday.
Tennessee has dominated both teams in the past, with a 23-10 advantage over Alabama and a 19-6 mark against Auburn.
"We always have competitive matches with Alabama and Auburn," UT co-head coach Sonia Hahn-Patrick said. "Both teams fight hard to the very end.
The Lady Volunteers are 1-1 in the SEC and 9-3 overall. They suffered a 4-3 loss to No. 18 Kentucky in their SEC opener, but bounced back with a one-point win over intrastate rival No. 9 Vanderbilt.