The Tennessee men's tennis team is on a roll to start its spring season.
The team has won all six of its matches this January in dominating fashion.
Additionally, after pounding Michigan State and No. 30 VCU in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, the Vols have qualified for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, which will take place in Houston starting Feb. 14.
The Indoor Championships will see 16 of the best teams in the country competing for an event head coach Sam Winterbotham described as a preview for the NCAA tournament.
"If you look at it historically, the best teams are typically fighting it out towards the end of the indoor and similar with the outside tournament," Winterbotham said. "You certainly want to be there if you have aspirations to win the NCAAs."
Despite the hot start, Winterbotham said he will not allow his squad to become overconfident.
"What's important is we maintain perspective," Winterbotham said. "Perspective is to get better every match.
"We need to be a lot better tennis players and tennis team by the end of the year."
This week, the sixth-ranked Vols will travel to Oklahoma for matches against Oklahoma State and No. 24 Tulsa, their first road tests of the season.
Winterbotham said playing on the road is "different," but not more difficult than playing at home.
He said he believes his team is able to focus better on the road than at home because there are less distractions.
Learning to play on the road, Winterbotham said, is something his team must learn to do if they want to win the NCAA tournament.
"The parity in college tennis is big," Winterbotham said. "There is not much separating these teams, and if we don't show up, we will get beat."
The Vols' matchup with Oklahoma State kicks off today at 4:30 p.m. EST in Stillwater, Okla., while Sunday's match against Tulsa starts at 1 p.m. EST in Tulsa, Okla.
Freshman Markus Kerner earned SEC freshman of the week honors for his performance in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
The 6-foot-5 Estonian went 2-0 in his singles matches and won both of his doubles matches with partner Andrew Dromsky.
Kerner is now 8-0 in the spring season.
Winterbotham described his performance as "super." However, he added, "He has to get a lot better, but it's a pretty good start."
Dromsky, a 6-foot-6 junior transfer from Georgia Southern, was initially pegged to redshirt for his first season at UT and did not compete in the fall. However, the coaching staff changed their minds and put Dromsky in the fold for the spring.
The junior has also started the season undefeated, going 4-0 in his singles matches and 6-0 in his doubles matches.
Bartosz Sawicki, a sophomore from Poland, played his first competitive matches as a Volunteer this spring after being ruled ineligible by the NCAA as a freshman last year.
"Bart," as his teammates and coaches call him, went 3-1 in his first singles matches and 1-0 in his doubles match with senior Colton Norton.