The Tennessee men's tennis team battled the weather in a 4-1 win against No. 52 Georgia Tech Tuesday at Goodfriend Tennis Center.
For the first time in five matches, No. 13 Tennessee took the doubles point despite playing in sub-40 degree weather.
"I think that's definitely important for us to get the doubles point and to get back on track in that sense," junior Hunter Reese said. "It's so vital in the SEC because all the singles matches are going to be pretty tight, so that doubles point really can make the difference in a match, almost week in week out.
"It's nice moving forward that we've got a little momentum."
In the singles portion of the match, Reese was the first to finish with a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Nathan Rakitt, extending his undefeated streak this spring.
"I try to avoid thinking about (the streak)," Reese said, "but I do know I haven't taken a loss. I don't even know how many wins I have. I don't want to know. I try not to think about it."
After losing the next singles match, the Vols won the next two to secure the victory.
Head coach Sam Winterbotham was proud of his team for braving the cold in its second outdoor match of the season.
"I love the word 'proud,'" Winterbotham. "It's something that I'll use and what I mean is that I'm proud of everybody on this team. We have a group of really good guys. So I'm very proud of them."
The Vols next face Ole Miss (2-5, 0-2) at home on Friday at 2 p.m.
"Ole Miss has beaten us the last at least three times we've played them," Reese said. "They're tough every year. I think we've got a few different matchups this year. They lost a few players, which will be interesting to see how that pans out."
Tennessee is winless against SEC teams this season after losing to Texas A&M in the ITA Indoor Championships and Georgia this past Sunday.
However, Winterbotham still believes his team has the ability to compete in the SEC.
"We know we can beat everybody in the SEC," Winterbotham said, "but we also know that we can be beaten by everybody in the SEC. That's the reality of our league"
Tennessee will face No. 17 Mississippi State at home again Sunday, a must-win if the Vols hope to keep their SEC title aspirations alive.
"On Sunday, we've got a team that in the last number of years has been consistently one of the better teams in the SEC," Winterbotham said. "They compete really hard.
"It's going to be a battle both Friday and Sunday."
Both of Tennessee's opponents are filled with new players, which will provide a new challenge for the Vols.
"There will be some different matchups that we haven't seen in the past," Reese said, "and that will make it interesting. So it will be a good weekend for us to get tested."