The No. 21 Tennessee Volunteer men's tennis team continued building momentum towards the postseason with a weekend sweep, defeating Auburn and Alabama to push their winning streak to four.
"It seems like we're taking continual steps to get better and better, and I think everybody is supporting each other," Tennessee associate head coach Chris Woodruff said in a university release after Sunday's match. "It just looks like everything is rounding into form.
"We have been working so hard to try to find the right way to get things done to be successful. It seems like now toward the end of the year, it's happening."
The stars of the weekend proved to be junior Andrew Dromsky and sophomore Bartosz Sawicki, who each picked up their first SEC singles victories of the season, clinching wins against both Auburn and Alabama.
On Sunday, the Vols' claimed a 4-2 victory over the Crimson Tide.
After clinching the doubles point for the fourth consecutive match – and seeing the first victory of the season for the pair of Sawicki and Brandon Fickey (8-3) – it was up to the singles competitors to continue Tennessee's winning ways, and senior Jarryd Chaplin (6-2, 6-4), Dromsky (7-6 [9-7], 6-4) and Sawicki (6-3, 6-4) did exactly that.
Saturday's contest proved to be more of the same.
The Vols secured the doubles point yet again and went on to take three of the six singles matches, with Dromsky (6-3, 6-3) and Sawicki (4-6, 6-2, 6-1) giving UT the final two points needed for victory.
Tennessee now heads to Nashville, Tenn., for the SEC championships, where they are seeded sixth and will face the Ole Miss Rebels on Thursday.
"Everyone's coming together at the right time," said Woodruff after Saturday's contest. "We were very competitive in all the matches. The guys are really coming together. If they keep coming together, we're going to have a good finish to our season."